Rivers of Rhythm by the National Museum of African American Music

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is a new museum in Nashville, TN, focused on celebrating the lives of African American musicians while providing historical context and education to visitors.

In 2019, the museum approached Bookmobile to assist with designing and printing their exhibition catalog. The result all these months later is a beautiful book with vibrant colors, photography, and design—called Rivers of Rhythm after its flagship exhibit.

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Copyright Page Basics for Self-Publishers

Learning the copyright page basics as a self-publisher is a necessity for publishing your book. There are lots of resources out there on this subject, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming to figure out. Here, we hope to shed some light on this subject so that you can be on your way to making a well-informed copyright page.

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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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