"As I Remember It" Books – Family Treasures
For over 30 years, we have been experts in many different areas of the printing industry. We apply this knowledge to select customers to assist them in upgrading typewritten memoirs into finished books that can proudly be given as gifts to your family and friends. We love the look, feel, and intimacy of a real, physical book. People are fundamentally creative and unique in general, we want to help them lend our technical expertise and a helping hand in order for families to be able to publish their own highly professional, original books to share for generations.
How safe are my documents?
We are just as concerned with the value and irreplaceable nature of your documents. When you trust us with rare papers, photos, and other items for reproduction, they are placed in a protective valise which is never opened at the same time as another project. When the documents are not being actively used, they are kept safe, even in a fireproof safe under lock and key if you require it. As materials are used and no longer needed, they will be given back to you.
What about copyrights?
You are entitled to copyright your original materials as well as materials that you have compiled for another person. I will point you towards all the necessary forms and submit the finished work to the Library of Congress if you wish, to make an official record of your work. You will have the confidence that your work will be fully copyright protected according to current laws. The general focus of Pronto print is to reproduce your work for family and friends, but if you intend to sell your works, we can also assist you with ISBN numbers for commercial distribution.
What types of books can we accomplish?
There are many forms that the final product can take. A simple folded and stapled booklet may be all you desire for a quick up-and-coming family event. Such a document could be embellished with a full-color cover or a generous use of photos throughout. These would generally be about 48 pages or less.
The next step up would be a similar product, but with harder cardstock covers and a plastic coil or comb bound spine. These lay perfectly flat and provide a decent amount of wear and tear.
Past that, we offer a “perfect bound” book with a wrap-around cover. These would be as nice or better than any paperback book you might purchase. Such books could be prepared for resale if you desire. Larger quantities are more practical.
Finally, a complete hardcover book is economically possible with today’s technology. We have a variety of dependable sources for such books if you’re looking to give your project the best treatment and protection available.
We will help you create a finished product that meets your very needs. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. We will assist you in achieving a professional look that you will be proud to present as a gift to your family and friends.
Payment terms for “As I Remember It” books
After we have agreed on what our ultimate goal is, we will estimate the expenses as accurately as we can. After your approval, we do ask for one third down payment for the start of the project. When the first proof is completed and the appearance is to your satisfaction, we ask for the second third of the payment and begin production of the book. The final payment, with any adjustment to cover additional costs, is due when the project is completed and you are satisfied. No additional costs will be incurred without your written consent. We want everything to be as open and up front as possible.
At Pronto Print, one thing we all cherish as a staff is the preservation of photographs and old family keepsakes. Our expertise makes it possible for you to make backups or copies to share with friends and family without worrying about damaging the originals. We print full color or grayscale images on high quality cover or glossy stock.
So many people walk into our store with boxes of old memories they are hoping to share with other family members. Some are preparing for a reunion, some have just experienced a loved one passing away. Events like these gather families together to bring out the photographs and stories to be shared. A simple trip to Pronto Print allows those items to be replicated for everyone to enjoy.
Whether it be a rare photo of a great grandparent, an ancient letter, or an entire family album to be dispersed amongst siblings, our quality equipment helps you share them quickly and economically!
These memories can provide windows into the past – don’t let them be lost forever! Letting Pronto Print make copies of such keepsakes allows you to keep delicate items safely in acid free plastic sleeves, never to be folded, torn, or lost. Safely tucked away in a three ring binder, letters and other timely treasures will live on for years to come.
Photographs and documents often last much longer than the people that took them, but every family collection has a chance of eventually falling apart. Sharing them at all, with anyone, adds further to the destruction. Making copies of the entire pages while they are still intact saves photos from being separated from the captions and other related pictures. By making backups, the album maker’s efforts won’t be lost in vain to brittle glue and careless handling. While everything is in order, before it’s too late, bring in your books and have them copied for future generations to enjoy.
Protect these priceless treasures! Scanning them into a computer is a temporary fix at best, as image data corrupts over time, and unexpected hard drive crashes can wipe away your history in an instant, never to be recovered. Get real, physical prints to ensure you are in full control of their well-being at all times.
A Personal Note from Owner Mark Neubrand
I have worked in the printing business since 1970 when I joined the Wichita Eagle Beacon. In 1973, I went to work for Harper Publishers in Wichita, first as a writer and then as a composing room supervisor and finally the head of production. In 1978, I joined Pronto Print, Inc. and was almost immediately transferred to Salina. I’ve been associated with Pronto Print ever since! I am currently the President of Pronto Print.
The concept of producing small volume books came about because my father, who died of Parkinson’s disease in January of 2000, had written a short autobiography about growing up in Iowa and included his military service in World War II. I took those pages from a manual typewriter and combined the text with supporting photos to create a small 105 page book for all the grandchildren. The positive feedback I received has inspired me to offer the same service to others. It gives me a certain sense of satisfaction to spend my time working on something that I know will be treasured long after even I am gone."