I’ve been hassled in a couple of comments this week for printing in Hong Kong
Since this subject comes up on occasion, I’ll explain why we do it.
We have printed our one-color books in the USA for 40+ years. We, like virtually every other American publisher, print 4-color books overseas. Check out any of your 4-color books on the copyright page to see where they are printed.
In loyalty to our American printer, Courier Corp., I printed the first edition of Builders of the Pacific Coast at their Kendalville, Indiana plant in 2004. It ended up costing us about $15,000 more than if we had printed it in China. We now have five 4-color books in print. With reprints, if we had continued printing in the USA, it would have cost us well over $100,000 more, effectively putting us out of business. That’s why we print in China.
A couple of points here:
1. The irony of people writing these comments on their made-in-China computers. Where are their TVs, cell phones, household appliances manufactured? The clothing they are wearing as they write these comments? Hypocritical, to say the least.
2. I do like the idea of buying local. When possible. Less transport costs etc. I built my own house with local recycled wood. We raise and buy local food as much as possible. It doesn’t make sense to be eating tomatoes in the dead of winter, air shipment of produce, etc. I love my made-in-America Delta table saw.
3. It’s a world economy, in case these guys haven’t noticed. The point is to get local as much as possible, but not to go bankrupt in the process.
4. Lastly, I admire and respect printers and pressmen, whatever their nationality. It’s a brotherhood, all dedicated to producing the finest quality products. It also happens that Hong Kong is not mainland China. Pressmen here make a decent living, and our printers, Paramount Printing, run a responsible operation, and they have been fabulous partners in production of high-quality paperback books.
I’m going to send this letter out in reply to any future China-bashing. Now I can get back to accentuating the positive.