Some answers to the questions in here and in the other thread for you:
- Page sizes will be standard US paper sizes - doing anything else increases the cost of the service significantly
- The paper we use is 24 lb white paper, which was best received in the tests we did with a number of musicians - its sturdy and has a good finish. When we tried heavier papers, we experienced challenges with finish and difficulty writing on the paper
- Our standard binding options are flat-bound/saddle-stitched for documents of fewer than 90 pages and coil-bound for documents of more than 90 pages. Flat-bound allows for a flat lying book (this is binding with staples on the fold) for performing. Coil-binding are the flexible coil along the spine with holes punched in the pages.
- When an order is received, we will review the file if it has not been printed before and contact the person ordering if there are any issues with the file, such as pages where items are overly faded, cut off, or if something won't print well due to the color scheme. They will have the option to continue with the purchase at that time or cancel with no charge to them.
- We will make efforts to correct & improve layout where possible - for example, many of the B&H orchestral parts have large white space around the borders, which we will crop to allow for larger print of the music. We'll also rotate pages slightly as needed to address issues with scans and insert blank pages to improve page turns if the current layout of parts will allow it.
That all being said, since this is entirely on demand printing, we can do custom binds & paper as well, though the costs for those are higher since we're not contracted to our print house for those items. Right now we have the following binding options:
- Flat/Saddle-Stitched (staple on the seam)
- Plastic Comb (not recommended at all)
- Tape (closer to a traditional book, but without the stitching or hard spine)
- Thermal binding (as close as we can come to a hard back book - this is glue based and is more similar to a Dover score, but with a hard cover)
Depending on how much interest there is, we've been pondering buying our own thermal binder, which would lower the cost to us, but would take a lot of people purchasing to justify the upfront cost.
For paper weights & sizes, we can do pretty much anything needed as long as we can get the paper in stock - that's where the cost goes up significantly, since 10x13 and other common paper sizes used by traditional publishers are not regularly stocked by any suppliers we've found - they're primarily used in traditional (and costly) offset printing. We can get ahold of the paper - it's just a more costly option.
I think that answers all of the direct questions, so I'll answer a couple of the other concerns I've seen elsewhere on the forums and potential concerns you may have.
One of our goals is to make printing affordable - digital on-demand printing helps us out with that. Since we can contract with our print house for standard sizes and print types, we're able to offer this service to IMSLP users for less than it would cost for them to take the print job to FedEx Office, Staples, etc. and have the file printed. The pricing also is lower than the cost for printing at home on your own printer for most people. We're not doing this to make large amounts of money - after we provide 15% of the purchase price to IMSLP to help offset the costs associated in running IMSLP and donate 15% of the proceeds to performing organizations, we will generally barely cover the cost of printing. We're doing this to keep music accessible to everyone and help performers avoid paying more than they should for access to works.
I've seen a number of concerns regarding composers who have posted their works to IMSLP and having their works sold. Our plan is to only print those works that are completely in the public domain, not those that have had limited rights released by posting them to IMSLP. Of course, if an individual composer wants to make their works available for ordering, we're happy to talk to them individually, but we would not offer works for print without an agreement with the composer.
I hope that answers the questions and concerns you've shared - I'm happy to answer anything else that comes up.