Tips and advice

· Have a title page or even a short title and then a title page.

· Add some blank pages at the back for additional notes.

· Larger inserts can be bound into the book, as long as the folds do not come close to the edges of the book. It is recommended that they are folded back 1cm from any edge. This is to ensure that they are not cut off when we trim the book round. Extra large inserts may be better pocketed at the rear of the book.

· Use a good quality paper of 90gsm or 100gsm. Some of the glossy photographic printer papers are rather heavy and can result in a book that is too heavy, so take care.

- Keep the paper in the same room as your printer for at least 24 hours before printing. This is especially important if you are using a laser printer as the heat generated from the printer can curl the paper. With some of the heavier weighted papers this can be quite a problem.

·An acid free paper would be the best choice of paper to use. This is usually not indicated on the packaging of the paper and the only way to be sure is to get in touch with the manufacturer. The main cause of image loss is due to acids in the printer inks themselves. Your work should however last for a few of hundred years, depending on storage -which is longer than any other storage option (eg. CD-ROM will last approx. 100 years- if there is anything in existence to play it on!). Your images will of course be in the dark when the book is closed. ( There is an excellent online programme, "Losing the past " episode One in which a spokesman from the UK data archive talks about the loss of data from the 1911, 1921, 1951 1961 ann 1971 censes on "listen again" currently 04/03/05) at ""

In order to give any future owner of the book more insight into how your images may have deteriated you could copy the image below onto a rear page. This will give an indication of how your inks may have changed. If you "right" click with your mouse over the picture you will be able to save the picture onto your computer and then paste it onto a suitable page of your book.

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