Not sure what printer to use. Can someone help???

Discussion in '1-Color and 2-Color Offset Presses' started by Tracy1979, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. Tracy1979

    Tracy1979 New Member

    Dec 2015
    Washington State
    I would like to become a small press, and print books. What would be a good printer to start out with. I have been told the Kyocera 9530 would be a good choice.

    Can someone help me with this???? Thanks!!
  2. xfactor printing

    xfactor printing Senior Member

    Jan 2011
    united states
    Hi Tracy. Welcome.

    I assume this is your first step into this business.

    When you say you want to print books, what quantity are you planning?
    Think of your first year and your first five years.

    Will they all be black and white only?

    Will they have illustrations?

    Will you need to produce color covers?

    Soft cover only I assume?

    How will you bind them?

    How will you trim them?

    (You can either have a manual perfect binder that you can get used or a more automated routine.)

    What will your turnaround time be?

    And add up your profit per book/job and see what kind of numbers you have.

    I would recommend seeing if you can setup a tour of an established press near you and ask for a tour of their operation to get an idea of what is involved either now or in your future. Maybe it will make sense to get your volume up by using an established press to do the work and you add value by bringing the jobs in and doing prepress until you have enough volume to spend $100,000+ on equipment. Or maybe you have a niche and can make it work on very small volume and smaller equipment to do something a major press can't do economically and that doesn't work on existing print on demand web offerings. The printer you posted would be on the very small end (very difficult to get enough volume to make money printing one book at a time on it) and you will need a whole lot of other (and bigger) equipment to finish the books nicely.
  3. ChristiaanT

    ChristiaanT Member

    Jan 2016
    good answer xfactor, many questions!;)

  4. ghuerth

    ghuerth Senior Member

    Feb 2012
    Fullerton College, California, USA
    I have seen to many shops buy the equipment expecting to get the work and go under due to not having the income to make the monthly payments. Get your customer base, broker your work till you see enough income to support a shop then purchase needed equipment to do it in-house. Have the work-flow, don't hope for it. Small duplicator, large offset, digital print and finish. Lots of factors. What is your niche?