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We all have them. Digital files.
How many have you grabbed and downloaded over the years you’ve been homeschooling?
Have you ever thought it would be great if you could print a large file without a huge cost?
Don’t get me wrong. I adore the digital world.
I love my Kindle.
I mean really love my Kindle.
But, reading a PDF on a Kindle is a little…annoying.
If the publisher of the file has not provided a mobi file for the Kindle, it takes finesse to read the document.
That’s when I wish I could print a copy.
Recently, my dream came true. Enter The Homeschool Printing Company.
Printing Options for PDF Files
You have lots of options when considering how to print a PDF File. It’s your design.
- Choose the weight of the paper– regular printer paper in increasingly thicker weights including cardstock
- Decide on the ink color– will you get the file printed in color or black and white?
- Get the papers three hole punched– pre drilling the paper with holes means you can easily get the book into a three ring binder.
- Choose a spiral binding– once the book is printed, it can be drilled for having a spiral binding and you can have the printer bind it for you.
- Settle on a cover style– will you have it printed on cardstock and laminated or will you have a plastic sleeve put on the top of the cover?
Why Get a PDF File Printed?
If we’re all going paperless and we’ve bought digital files, why would you turn around and get one printed?
- Large file size– a large book is less convenient to read as a PDF on mobile device. There’s a difference between the way at PDF behaves on a mobile device vs a Kindle (mobi) file on a Kindle app or device.
- Some pages are meant to be printed– many books have pages which are meant to be printed for your students. You might choose to print them all at once instead of as you need them.
- Price point is lower– sometimes we buy digital files because they are cheaper. I know I do. And most of the time I use them as digital resources. But, there are times when I want the printed book and I prefer the digital price.
- Avoid shipping cost– both in terms of the price and the wait! Let’s face it. In this digital age, we don’t like to wait for things. Sometimes I get the electronic file so I can start right away. Then later I might realize it’s difficult to use. Some files are no problem and some are less fun as a digital product.
- Cost savings– with a sweet sale on the digital file and the right printer, you can save a bundle.
Here’s a fun example.
I bought a digital copy of both The Writer’s Jungle and Help for High School from the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op three years ago at the group buy of half price (they are now 40% off when they are available).
They are big books in print, but I have been referencing them on my Kindle for years.
But they are giant PDF files. And a little hard to use on my Kindle.
So, I got them printed by The Homeschooling Printing Company.
The prints are lovely.
The cost for 22lb paper, printed in color with cardstock covers and three hole punches on 500 double sided pieces of paper was $47.
I paid less for two digital files on sale plus the price to print them than I would have for just one printed product at full price.
The Unboxing of Printed PDF Files
In an effort to be more chatty, I’ve included an unboxing of the printed material.
Wait till you see it.
Printed paper never looked so good.
Binding Printed PDF Files
Of course, when you get a PDF file printed, you’ll have to find a way to bind it. My go to plan is my ProClick Binder.
Because I love making spiral notebooks. Have you seen my homeschool planner?
You do have the option to have the paper punched and bound for you.
But WHY would you deny yourself the pleasure of binding the book yourself?
If the number of pages is small enough, I go with the spiral binding.
Otherwise, I place the pages into a three ring binder with a plastic sleeve on the cover for the front of the book.
If you are lucky, you can print a label for the spine of the binder.
I will always love digital files.
Occasionally, I will want to print those big digital files.
And, The Homeschool Printing Company makes it easy and cost effective.