Essentials of Book Production Course

The Essentials of Book Production

Gain an understanding of the main issues and terminology used in book production and enjoy our Early Bird Offer!

Are you passionate about the world of publishing? Do you want to elevate your skills and knowledge to become a true industry pro? Look no further, because Imago Group Training has the perfect opportunity for you. We’re excited to announce the Early Bird Offer for our upcoming course, “The Essentials of Book Production.”

Save 15% on Registration Before October 26th!

Course Details

🗓️ Date: November 9, 2023
🏢 Location: Thame, Oxfordshire
🔥 Early Bird Price: £378 + VAT – Original price: £445 ex. VAT.

Here’s your chance to secure your spot and enjoy a fantastic 15% off on the course fee if you register before October 26th. This limited-time offer is your ticket to mastering the art and science of book production while keeping your budget intact.

Please email for more information.

Delivering The Course

We’re delighted that industry expert Nancy Roberts has chosen to deliver the Essentials of Book Production on behalf of Imago at our head office in Thame.

Nancy spent 20 years in the publishing sector working in print production and operations for companies including Quadrille, Kingfisher, Penguin/DK and Cambridge University Press, where she led a global team of over 150 staff as Global Operations Director, Academic.

nancy roberts

She now has a portfolio career: she is the founder of Umbrella, a tech startup which uses data analytics, AI and machine learning to help businesses realise the benefits of a more diverse workforce, and she is also Head of Technology and Content at Maverick, providing specialist consultancy on production, technology and content to academic publishers and scholarly societies. She also co-runs Management In Publishing, providing bespoke management and leadership training and development tailored to the publishing industry. She has a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Literary Theory and an Executive MBA from Cranfield University.

She is also a NED for Break the Mould and sits on various advisory boards, including We and AI, a non-profit aiming to inform the public about the risks and benefits of AI, and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. 

Why You Should Join “The Essentials of Book Production” Course:

No matter your role in publishing, this course is tailored to enhance your day-to-day effectiveness. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Comprehensive Learning: Dive into the fascinating world of book production, from print plates to paper types. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills that are essential for success in the publishing industry.
  2. Expert Instructors: Our course is led by seasoned industry professionals who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with you. Learn from the best and stay ahead of the curve.
  3. Hands-On Experience: We believe in learning by doing. With practical exercises and real-world examples, you’ll be equipped to tackle book production challenges confidently.
  4. Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow enthusiasts, build your professional network, and exchange ideas and insights with like-minded individuals.
  5. Industry-Ready Skills: Upon completion of the course, you’ll be equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to excel in your publishing career. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you become an industry pro!

Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in your professional development and join us in mastering the “Essentials of Book Production.”

What We’ll Cover

Basics of Colour Reproduction

  • CMYK and RGB
  • Understanding the differences and issues
  • Turning colour images into print
  • Dots
  • Vector & raster
  • Image and print resolution
  • Profiles
  • Colour proofs

The Printing Process

  • Understand the main processes and when best to use them
  • Offset litho –what it is
  • How a printing machine works
  • Tracking
  • Sheet and web printing
  • Seeing ink, plates & blanket
  • Digital & inkjet printing – how they work, quality and uses


  • Preparing material for print
  • Typical printer checks to PDF files
  • Some typical problems & how to avoid them
  • Imposition
  • Plotter proofs
  • Ripping and plates

The Binding Process

  • Different binding styles and things to consider when specifying them
  • Sewn, unsewn, paperback, cased, flex terminology
  • Stages in the binding & casing in process

Co-edition Printing

  • Understand the process
  • What it means and what it affects

Book Specifications

  • Understand the terminology
  • Learn how to draw up a good clear specification and to recognise when things are missing

Covers and Jackets

  • How to recognise the different finishes and materials
  • When and how to use and spec them
  • Imitation cloth
  • Gloss & matt lamination
  • Spot varnish
  • Foil blocking etc.


  • Main paper types and attributes
  • Learn how to evaluate paper and how to choose the appropriate paper for your subject matter and price point

Shipping & Pricing

  • Cartons
  • Packing instructions
  • Shipping documentation & terminology
  • Incoterms
  • Shipping timings

Imago Offices Thame

Register Your Interest

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