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Brooke Shaffer

Author, Ski Patroller, and Pasta-Eater Extraordinaire

Cloth Books Retiring

Before you get all bent out of shape, know that it's not as bad as it sounds (except for purists, maybe, but I have no control over this).

So I got an email from my printer today saying that blue and gray cloth is being retired and replaced with digital prints.  What does this mean?  Well, if you're a hardcover lover, take off the dust jacket and you will find a cloth wrap around the actual hard cover.  It makes it pretty and still denotes the title and author in the event something happens to the dust jacket.

All this means is that the actual, physical cloth is going away and things will be printed digitally, sort of like a case wrap (usually found on textbooks, etc.).  It will look like blue or gray cloth, but it will be a print instead.  Similarly, the foil stamping for the title and author will be straight digital.

The reason given for this is both cost and time.  It's cheaper and faster to make a digital print rather than glue and stamp cloth.

Personally, I love the actual cloth and the foil stamping.  I am really sad to see it go.  Unfortunately, I don't have control over it as it is the printer's decision.

The change will take place October 22.  There will be no delays in any orders, no downtime predicted downtime.  But I felt the need to give you guys a heads up.

Brooke Shaffer

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