Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer is a familiar book to our design staff. Published in 2013 by Milkweed Editions, the book has been reprinted numerous times and is a New York Times bestseller. Being Bookmobile is Milkweed’s production partner for their offset printing needs, Braiding Sweetgrass has been through our printing process several times over the years.

When Milkweed celebrated their 40th anniversary year in 2020, they decided to commemorate this bestseller by reissuing a hardcover version of the book. The new hardcover version has a few more special touches than either the original hardcover or the paperback, and we wanted to share with you this beautiful new edition with some insights into the production process.

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How To Optimize Your Manuscript for Typesetting

You’ve written a book, and it’s finally ready for book design and typesetting. That’s great! While your content may be ready, there are still a few things you can adjust in your manuscript that will optimize it for your typesetter. The following tips are meant as guidelines, not hard and fast rules; however, they’ll help make your book production experience seamless.

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How to Fix 4-Color Black Text for Offset Printing

This article explains how to fix 4-color black text for offset printing, a common problem on 4-color printing files heading to the printer. While on the surface it may look like body text is 100% black, there may actually be color printing issues lurking below.

Remember, if you’re using our offset printing service, we will perform a thorough check of your files (cover and interior) for this issue—and more—before we upload your file to print.

Let’s dive in!

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Everything You Need to Know About ISBNs

We frequently get asked questions about ISBNs—where to get them, do you need them, and why they matter. Since Bookmobile is a service provider, not a publisher, we do not purchase or supply ISBNs for our customers. It is the responsibility of the publisher to purchase and assign an ISBN for each book in their publishing schedule.

Nonetheless, this article aims to answer some frequently asked questions about ISBNs. Read on to learn more!

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6 Interior Book Design Ideas to Elevate Your Project

Interior book design falls under the umbrella of “graphic design,” but it is often more subtle and discrete than many other types of graphic design. This is because the goal of the interior book designer is to make the reading experience easy and engaging, while avoiding design treatments that distract from the content itself. An interior book designer must juggle lots of text and, in some cases, special formatting and images. As such, it’s the interior designers job to strike a balance between aesthetics and readability.

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