Production Courses

Page last updated on 31st May 2017

For all other (non-production) courses, focusing on topics such as metadata, ONIX, XML and Thema, click here.

All of BIC's Production training courses are developed in consultation with its Production Directors Steering Committee, a committee comprised of the following BIC Member Publishers: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Egmont, Harper Collins, Cambridge University Press, Hachette, and Pearson.

Although designed with BIC Member’s requirements in mind, the courses are available to both BIC members and non-members alike. Ranging in length from half a day, to two days, the Production courses cover the following areas:

An Introduction to Colour Printing Information & Registration below
An Introduction to Mono Book Production Information & Registration below
An Introduction to Production Information & Registration below
Digital Book Production Explained Information & Registration below
eBook Creation: Advanced & Practical Information & Registration below
eBook Creation: Investigated & Explained Information & Registration below
Pre-Press for Publishing Information & Registration below
Producing Children's Books Information & Registration below
Shipping Explained Information & Registration below

 

Register of Interest only
The following links will provide delegates that would like to notify BIC of their interest in attending the 'Production for Non-Production People' or the 'Understanding Paper' training course at an unspecified date in future. (NB, this courses will NOT take place on 31st December 2016). Once enough delegates have registered there interest in these courses, BIC will liaise with the interested parties to arrange a suitable date for the course to take place.

An Introduction to Paper & Colour Printing Information below & Register of Interest
Production for Non-Production People Information below & Register of Interest
Understanding Paper   Information below & Register of Interest


An Introduction to Colour Printing
CPI, Croydon

Focusing on the print and bind process alongside colour theory and paper, this is a great introduction to colour book production. 

Our courses focus on the practical application of knowledge. During the course you will spend time in the press-room and bindery, seeing first hand how books are produced and learning how to use this knowledge in your day-to-day role. 

All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

As the factories can be very noisy we limit the group to six people to ensure that you get the most out of the day. 

The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. 

You will learn:

  • The different print process available and how to pick the right one for your book
  • How colour is printed,  
  • How an image gets to the page, including conversion to CMYK, screens and ink density
  • How to chose the right proof for your book
  • How to assess paper and chose the right one for your book
  • What impact paper can have on your book
  • How a litho press is made ready and how to press pass a book
  • The different kinds of binding available
  • What finishes are available and how are they applied
  • How a print price is constructed and how to request a quote
  • How to produce co-editions
  • What can go wrong at each stage, how to recognise it and what you can do to prevent it

To read the complete course outline, please click here.

Course Length – 1 day

PRICE: 
BIC Members: £185 + VAT
Friends of BIC: £225 + VAT 
Non Members: £265 + VAT

This course takes place at CPI’s plant in Croydon. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. More information about how to register for this course will be provided on Eventbrite when the course is next running.

 


An Introduction to Mono Book Production
Clays Factory, Bungay UK 

An understanding of print is vital for everyone involved in the production of books and this course looks specifically at the production of mono books. 

Our courses focus on the practical application of knowledge. During the course you will spend time at in the press-room and bindery, seeing first hand books are produced and learning how to apply this knowledge in your day-to-day role. 

This two-day course looks specifically at the challenges in producing mono books, from pre-press through printing, finishing and distribution. It looks at the different technologies available, their pros and cons and how to use them effectively. 

All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

As the factories can be very noisy to ensure that you get the most out of the course we limit the group to six people. 

The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. 

You will learn about:

  • The different print technologies available and how to pick the right one for your book
  • What the ‘long tail’ is and how it works in practice
  • How is POD different from traditional book production
  • How to chose the right proof for your book
  • How to prepare files for printers
  • How plates are made
  • Which papers are suitable for mono books and how to select the right one for your book
  • How ink is made
  • How cold- and heat-set litho differ
  • How cover finishes are achieved and how to use them cost effectively
  • What to consider when designing a cover with finishes
  • How binding works and what to consider when choosing a binding style
  • How cases are made
  • How to produce a slip case
  • How a print price is constructed and how to request a quote

To read the complete course outline please click here.

Course Length – 2 days + travel

PRICE: 
BIC Members: £315 + VAT
Friends of BIC: £365 + VAT 
Non Members: £415 + VAT

This course takes place at Clays' factory in Bungay. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. To register for this course, please visit Eventbrite: 
Thursday 29th - Friday 30th June 2017. 

 


An Introduction to Paper & Colour Printing
Trento, Italy 

An understanding of print and paper is vital for everyone involved in the production of colour books. By combining our 'Introduction to Colour Printing' and 'Understanding Paper' courses we have produced a comprehensive introduction to colour book production.

Our courses focus on the practical application of knowledge. During this course you will spend time at a paper mill and in the press-room and bindery, see first-hand how paper is made and how colour books are produced, and learn how to use this knowledge in your day-to-day role.

All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognized by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

As the factories can be very noisy to ensure that you get the most out of the course we limit the group to six people. 

The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. 

You will learn:

  • How paper is made
  • How to compare one paper with another and select the right one for you
  • How to calculate how much paper you need
  • How to specify your needs
  • What can go wrong and how to identify it
  • The different print process available and how to pick the right one for your book
  • How colour is printed,  
  • How an image gets to the page, including conversion to CMYK, screens and ink density
  • How to chose the right proof for your book
  • How a litho press is made ready and how to press pass a book
  • The different kinds of binding available
  • What finishes are available and how are they applied
  • How a print price is constructed and how to request a quote
  • How to produce co-editions

To read the complete course outline please click here.

Course Length – 2 and a half days + travel time.

PRICE: 
BIC Members: £450 +VAT
Friends of BIC: £520 + VAT 
Non Members: £590 + VAT

This course takes place in Trento, Italy. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. 

This course is not scheduled to run in 2017 at present however it is possible to Register Your Interest in attending the course in future. Register your interest here
NB: Once a full list of delegates is identified for this course, BIC will contact you with a view to scheduling the course within 6-8 weeks.

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An Introduction to Production
Faber Creative Spaces, London

Aimed at those new to book production. This course provides an interactive introduction to how books are made, looking the whole process, including re-pro, colour management, the different print and binding methods used within the book industry and the language used to express it. Focusing on the role of production, how you can add value and avoid some of the pit falls of the process. 

This seminar based course focuses on the practical application of knowledge. Hearing first hand from industry experts on a broad range of subjects and learning how to apply this knowledge in your day-to-day role. 

All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

To ensure that you get the most out of the course we limit the group to 10 people. 

The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. 

You will learn:

  • The publishing business model and how you can affect its profitability
  • Where you fit into the business and how you can influence it
  • About Pre-press and how decisions made at this point can impact the print cost and the
  • quality of the finished book.
  • The different print methods, when to use them and how to choose the right one for your
  • book.
  • The different papers available and how they can impact the cost and look of your book
  • The different binding methods, their pros and cons and the impact they have on design
  • The cover finishes available, their uses and limitations.
  • How a book gets to the customer.
  • How to select a supplier and request a quote 
  • What to consider when scheduling a book
  • How to solve problems at each stage of the process

To read the latest blogs, written by past attendees of this course, please click here and here.

Course Length – 1 day

PRICE: 
BIC Members: £315 + VAT
Friends of BIC: £365 + VAT 
Non Members: £415 + VAT

This course takes place at Faber Creatives Spaces, London. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. To register for this course, please visit Eventbrite: 
Wednesday 28th March 2018.

Interested in attending this event sooner? We will monitor interest in this course over the coming months and should enough delegates be identified, we will schedule a suitable date for all prior to March 2018. To find out more or to register your interest now, contact info@bic.org.uk.  

 


Digital Book Production Explained
CPI, Chippenham 

With print methods changing fast, it can be hard to keep up with the latest and best production opportunities. This course looks at the different digital print technologies and their applications, giving you a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of each and helping you to select the right method for your projects in the future.

Our courses focus on the practical application of knowledge. During the course you will spend time in the press-room and bindery, seeing first hand how books are produced on digital presses.

All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

As the factories can be very noisy we limit the group to six people to ensure that you get the most out of the day. So book in advance to avoid disappointment.

This course will provide you with an overview of the different technologies available and how to select the right one for your project.

You will learn:

  • What is meant by short run printing?
  • How the economics of digital print works and publishing models?
  • How orders are generated and processed (EDI, ASR, OLO)
  • What you need to consider when creating files for digital print production
  • The different print technologies that are used to put “ink” on paper
  • The pros and cons of each of the different methods
  • What paper stocks are available for digital printing and considerations
  • What finishing and binding options are available for short run title
  • What other opportunities the technology makes available e.g. personalisation, customisation, printing closer to market 

To read the complete course outline please click here.

Course Length – 1 day

PRICE: 
BIC Members:  £185 + VAT
Friends of BIC:  £225 + VAT 
Non Members:  £265 + VAT

The course takes place at CPI's plant in Chippenham. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. To register for this course, please visit Eventbrite: 
Thursday 15th June 2017.

 


eBook Creation: Advanced & Practical
Faber Creative Spaces, London

Do you like to know what’s going on under the digital hood? Then this course is for you. Picking up where BIC’s ‘eBook Creation: Investigated & Explained’ training course ends, this course is a practical, hands-on look at the production of eBooks. It will investigate the different platforms, creation methods and workflows, plus their application and the pros and cons of each. 

The course is aimed at those who would like a deeper understanding of the techniques and processes involved in the creation and production of eBooks, including the following:

 

  • Those who are currently responsible for the production of eBooks as part of their workflow whether that be production teams, editors and designers or independents.
  • Self-Publishers and/or authors that would like to produce their own eBooks.
  • Librarians looking to help their patrons produce eBooks or add to the existing eBook content available in their library collections. 

 

A small amount of knowledge of CSS, InDesign and XML is helpful but not essential. 

All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

To ensure that you get the most out of the day, we limit our groups to 10. 

The course will provide you with the tools to brief suppliers well and to understand the overall mechanics of eBooks.  

You will learn:

  • The various stages involved in eBook production
  • The elements of an ePub file
  • How to think ‘digitally’
  • What an enhanced eBook is 
  • How to place audio and video files in an eBbook
  • How to select the best format for your book
  • How to create custom content for iPads
  • How to add metadata to your eBook
  • How to crack open an eBook file to add or correct content
  • How to select the best source material for your eBook     
  • How to write clear specifications and brief suppliers by creating your perfect handover template

 

To read the complete course outline please click here.

Course Length – 1 day

PRICE: 
BIC Members: £315 + VAT
Friends of BIC: £365 + VAT 
Non Members: £415 + VAT

This course takes place at Faber Creative Spaces, London. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. To register for this course, please visit Eventbrite: 
Wednesday 8th November 2017.

 


eBook Creation: Investigated & Explained
Faber Creative Spaces, London

The pace of change in publishing is ever increasing, not least in the creation and use of eBooks. Consumers and devices get ever more sophisticated and the demands on publishers to keep up are immense. 

Our courses focus on the practical application of knowledge and this course provides a great overview of the creation of eBooks, the routes to market and the changing technology available to us and our customers. It’s a comprehensive introduction for those new to eBooks and a great update for those already in production. 

All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

To ensure that you get the most out of the day, we limit our groups to 10. 

The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. 

You will learn:

  • What XML is and how it’s used
  • The different digital workflows and the pros and cons of using them
  • The limitations of the devices currently on the market and how this impacts your eBook
  • The difference between Apps, eBooks and online products & how to select the right one
  • The pros and cons of DRM
  • What metadata is, how to use it effectively and how this impacts discoverability
  • How to decide whether your eBook should have a bespoke design or replicate the printed version
  • What HTML5 is and when to use it
  • The different file formats available and when to use them
  • How to specify your eBook requirements to a supplier
  • How to decide whether fixed format or reflowable is right for your book
  • What interactivity and enhancements are available and how to choose the right one for you

To read the complete course outline please click here.

Course Length – 1 day

PRICE: 
BIC Members: £315 + VAT
Friends of BIC: £365 + VAT 
Non Members: £415 + VAT

This course takes place at Faber Creative Spaces, London. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. To register for this course, please visit Eventbrite: 
Wednesday 28th June 2017. 

 


Pre-Press for Publishing
Williams Lea Tag, London

An understanding of colour is vital for everyone involved in the design and production of print books. 

Taught by a pre-press expert at their premises this is an interactive course focusing on the pre-press workflow from image selection to file supply whether that be a file for print or digital distribution. 

Poor image selection and mistakes at pre-press can be very expensive, this course will give you the skills to minimise the risk to your business and ensure you know how to get the result you want. 

Using a combination of seminar, activities and practical demonstrations, the course will help you;

  • Create a great pre-press brief
  • Assess image quality and their suitability for your book
  • Understand colour theory and how it impacts the finished book
  • Understand colour management
  • Know how retouching can improve an image
  • Know how to colour correct 
  • Specifiy the correct file format for your needs
  • Understand the different proofing options available and know which one is right for you
  • Know the different digital options available and be able to select the most appropriate one for your needs. 

All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

To read the complete course outline please click here.

COURSE LENGTH: 1 day

PRICE:
BIC Members: £185 + VAT
Friends of BIC: £225 + VAT  
Non Members: £265 + VAT  

This course takes place at Williams Lea Tag, London. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. To register for this course, please visit Eventbrite: 
Thursday 9th November 2017.

 


Producing Children's Books
Egmont, London

Focusing on the special requirements of producing children’s books, this is a great introduction for those who are new to making books for children.   

All our courses focus on the practical application of knowledge and are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading publishing houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.

We limit the group to 10 people to ensure that you get the most out of the day.

The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements, and solve or even prevent problems efficiently.

You will learn:

  • How the common children’s book formats are produced, inc board, touch and feel, books with flaps, sound books, bath books, etc.
  • How to specify your requirements
  • What are the main pitfalls when producing children’s books and how to avoid them
  • When a book is a toy
  • The main safety considerations when producing books for children
  • The main legal considerations when producing books for children

Read the complete course outline here.

COURSE LENGTH: Half day

PRICES: 
BIC Members £185 + VAT
Friends of BIC: £225 + VAT  
Non Members:  £265 + VAT   

This course takes place at Egmont, London. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. More information about how to register for this course will be provided on Eventbrite when the course is next running.

 


Production for Non-Production People
Faber Creative Spaces, London

Aimed at everyone in book publishing who would like to gain an understanding of the production process. It will help them understand the manufacturing process, it’s limits and constraints, as well as helping to build communication and understanding between departments.

Read the complete course outline here.

COURSE LENGTH: 1 day

PRICES: 
BIC Members £315 + VAT
Friends of BIC: £365 + VAT  
Non Members:  £415 + VAT

This course takes place at Faber Creative Spaces, London. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. 

This course is not scheduled to run in 2017 at present however it is possible to Register Your Interest in attending the course in future. Register your interest here
NB: Once a full list of delegates is identified for this course, BIC will contact you with a view to scheduling the course within 6-8 weeks.

 


Shipping Explained
Felixstowe Port & Woodland Media, Chelmsford 

An understanding of International shipping is a vital skill for most production people, getting your books printed is only half of the job, once they are made you need to deliver them to your customers safely and cost effectively. 

Taught by industry experts and including a tour of the port this course will show you up close the sheer scale of the shipping industry and give you an understanding of how it works, its terminology, the documentation required and how to manage the process effectively. 

You will see the supply chain in action, gain an understanding of the relationships between those in it, be able to speak their language and by learning what to ask make sure your books are shipped using the most appropriate method. 

The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. 

All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

As the number of people allowed on to the port is severely restricted groups are limited to three or four. Having such small groups means that we can really tailor each day to your interests and needs.

You will learn:

  • How shipping works
  • The methods available to you and how to choose the right one for your book (sea/air/road or rail)
  • What the INCO terms mean
  • What you need to consider when shipping standard and non-standard books
  • What documentation is required and where appropriate how to complete it
  • What can go wrong and what can be done when it does
  • The economics of shipping, how shipping costs are calculated

To read the complete course outline please click here.

Course length - 1 day

N.B. Courses may be postponed at short notice, as port tours are weather dependent. We will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible and reschedule the course as soon as we can. 

PRICE: 
BIC Members: £235 + VAT
Friends of BIC: £275 + VAT 
Non Members: £315 + VAT
 

This course takes place in Felixstowe and Woodland Media, Chelmsford. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. More information about how to register for this course will be provided on Eventbrite when the course is next running.

 


Understanding Paper
Holmen Mill, Sweden

An understanding of paper and its impact on the cost and quality of a book is vital for everyone involved in their production and design. 

Taught at a paper mill by industry experts this course will ensure you understand how paper is made, its properties and the key drivers in the choosing the right paper for your book.

You will see how paper is made, learn how to compare papers, what to consider when buying paper and what can go wrong. You will learn how calculate how much paper you need and how to specify your needs to a mill/merchant. We will look at the specific requirements for digital as well as litho paper and the differences between US and European paper supply. 

The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. 

All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognized by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

As the mill can be very noisy we limit the group to six people to ensure that you get the most out of your day. 

You will learn:

  • How paper is made
  • How to compare one paper with another and select the right one for you
  • What is the environmental impact of paper
  • How to calculate how much paper you need
  • How to specify your needs
  • What can go wrong and how to identify it

Read the complete course outline here.

Course Length – 1 day

PRICE: 
BIC Members: £315 + VAT
Friends of BIC: £365 + VAT 
Non Members: £415 + VAT

Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. (We run this course in both Sweden and the UK). 

This course is not scheduled to run in 2017 at present however it is possible to Register Your Interest in attending the course in future. Register your interest here
NB: Once a full list of delegates is identified for this course, BIC will contact you with a view to scheduling the course within 6-8 weeks.

 

Alternative Payment Option:
If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact Alaina-Marie@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £20.00 administration fee.

 

BIC's Refund Policy:
Prior to booking your place on any of our training courses, please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with our refund policy. Should you need to cancel your ticket, refunds may be given as follows:

  • Up to 6 calendar weeks (i.e. 42 calendar days) before the event: full refund
  • Less than 6 calendar weeks, but more than 2 calendar weeks (i.e. 14 days) before the event: 50% refund
  • Less than 2 calendar weeks before the event: no refund.

If you (or a colleague in your place) do not attend the training course you have booked, no refund will be given.

Please note: Tickets are transferable within your organisation.