Printing in China: Is it Wise? Is it Safe?

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August 2013
by Peter Goodman

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Should you print your books in China? According to, an online U.S.–based print broker, the world’s very first printed book was produced in China in C.E. 868, so “it only makes sense” to print there now, “back where it all started.”

Well, let’s hope we put a bit more thought into the important decisions that affect our bottom lines. I have always taken it as a given that printing is less expensive in China. But now that fuel and freight costs have gone up around the world (Chinese demand plays no small part in that) and now that North American printers have gotten leaner and more efficient (“thanks” to our depressed economy), I have lately been wondering whether China is as competitive as it was a decade ago….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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