Mono Book Production Explained

Page last updated 19/04/2022

Register your interest in attending this course here.

BIC Training Logo

Purpose of the Course
This course will provide delegates with an end-to-end understanding of mono (black and white) book production, vital for anyone involved in the production of books. This two-day course looks specifically at the challenges of producing mono books, from pre-press through to printing, finishing and distribution. It will cover the different technologies available, their pros and cons, and how to use them effectively.

Benefits of Attending
This course has a strong practical emphasis. Delegates will spend time in Clays Ltd's press-room and bindery, seeing first-hand how books are produced and learning how to apply this knowledge. 

The course will provide delegates with an opportunity to develop their production knowledge and decision-making skills, including:

  • Choosing the right print method
  • Better expressing requirements
  • Being pro-active
  • Efficiently solving or even preventing problems from occurring

As the factory can be noisy and to ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates to 6.

Course Level
This course is aimed at those who are or would like to be responsible for the production of mono books. It is aimed at those new to mono production or those who have learnt ‘on the job’ and who would like a deeper understanding of the techniques and processes involved in the manufacture of books.

Course Outline
The topics covered will include:

  • The different print processes
  • Pre-press for mono books
  • Paper types and their characteristics
  • Litho printing
  • Digital printing –  both inkjet and toner finishes
  • Cover and jacket
  • Ink
  • Binding
  • Print On Demand (POD) methods and characteristics
  • The economics of print
  • Distribution

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainers
Greg Manterfield-Ivory, Clays Ltd and Heather O'Connell, Consultant. (Read about BIC Trainers, here).

Feedback for this Course
Read the feedback received from previous attendees of this course, here.

Frequency of this Course 
This course is currently taking registers of interest only. Please note that BIC will not schedule a date for this course until we have a full list of delegates. Once enough delegates have been identified, BIC will endeavour to run the course within 6-8 weeks.

To register your interest in attending this course, please see the 'Registration' section, below.

Course Location
Clays Ltd, Bungay, Suffolk.

Course Length
This is a two-day course.

On the Day
All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch. 

Dress Code
Please be aware that delegates will spend time in the factory at Clays, so we ask that you should please dress appropriately, i.e. no open-toe shoes / sandals. 

BIC Members £380 + VAT
Friends of BIC £445 + VAT
Non Members £510 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only. Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.

Register your interest in attending this course here
For further information, please see the 'Frequency of this Course' section, above.

Once a date has been agreed for this course, registration will be carried out via Eventbrite. Payment on Eventbrite is accepted via VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

Read BIC's Course Cancellations & Refund Policy here.

Please note: The date of this course may change if absolutely necessary, as its running is dependent on Clays’ availability and schedule. Clays on occasion produces sensitive books which may prevent us from entering the factory. In this circumstance and to ensure that delegates get the most out of this course, BIC will reschedule. We will endeavour to give delegates as much notice as possible if the date of this course is changed due to unforeseen circumstances and will reschedule the course as soon as possible thereafter.