The British Library’s Publishing Department produces up to 50 titles a year. All books are of the highest quality. Formats vary from 187 x 124 mm up to 311 x 232 mm, extents from 80 pp to 1064 pp, paper from 80 gsm cartridge to 150 gsm matt art, print runs from 200 to 10,000 copies. Books may be printed digitally or by lithography, hardback or paperback (generally sewn), 4-colour or black & white. Delivery is generally to a UK warehouse, sometimes to a US destination. The supplier will generally receive print-ready PDFs from the Library and will deal with all aspects of subsequent production - paper, printing, binding – up to delivery of bound copies.
We consider the following to be important:
•Ability to deliver the highest quality of printing and binding
•Value for money, with no ‘hidden extras’
•Efficient and sensitive customer relations
•Swift and effective response, whether to initial enquiries or to communication as a project progresses
•A helpful, flexible and proactive attitude regarding the general suitability of a suggested book specification, or to problems or changes
•Willingness not only to adhere to agreed schedules but also to help when problems threaten an essential delivery date
•Ability to deal with problems arising after despatch or even delivery of books
The British Library is seeking to establish a framework contract with a minimum number of five printing companies who are capable of producing books to the highest quality. The framework contract will be non- exclusive and successful companies will be given the opportunity to tender for each title as it is published.