Kainos Print book wins gold medal at National Print Awards

Kainos Print is proud to announce that our customer, John Dwyer’s book, “The WOW Manifesto” was awarded the highly sought after and prestigious gold medal in the Small Business category, at the National Print Awards on Friday 24th May at the 2013 National Print Awards Dinner, held at the Palladium Ballroom in the Crown Entertainment Complex, Southbank, Melbourne. John’s book represents the epitome of the book printing craft.

John asked us to produce a book that embodied his WOW philosophy.

His designer, Gregg Carson, spent an incredible amount of time and effort to bring John’s vision of “WOW” to reality, using specially created graphics and customised images, as well as a huge number of photos and illustrations.

The book was entered in the NSW Print Awards in November 2012, and won the gold medal in the Small Business category. The award recognised the overall standard of excellence and the group effort required to produce the printed piece. The book was automatically entered in the National Print Awards.

We produce the stunning cover by combining a variety of techniques.

* We offset printed the cover (only 50 copies, which would normally be printed digitally),
* we applied two coats of silk touch matte celloglaze, creating a soft touch feel,
* we applied a spot gloss UV varnish over all the non-leather elements of the cover (this was applied twice),
* we applied a high relief UV varnish to simulate leather,
* we embossed various elements of the cover,
* we used digital printing to produce the internal pages,
* we hand case bound the books, and included a marker ribbon,
* we applied head and tail bands,
* we sourced and included special parchment end papers,
* we fitted brass corners on the outside front and back corners of the book.

The awards ceremony — the 30th since its inception — was held on the penultimate day of Pacprint 2013. Staged every four years, PacPrint is one of the largest and most significant trade exhibitions for the printing and graphic technologies industry in the Southern Hemisphere.The award was presented in front of some 500 representatives from a huge range of printing companies from all around the nation.

The National Print Awards are highly prestigious, and much sought after. There are more printers in the small business category at the Print Awards than any other. The other finalists in our category were on display at PacPrint, and they were very good, so we were quite nervous. Thus, to win is a major achievement and a triumph for the innovative approach we took, our attention to detail, and our commitment to meeting our customer’s tight deadline. It goes without saying that the same qualities we brought to bear on this book are part of our DNA and are brought to bear on all our work.
We are particularly pleased to win this award as it highlights our two main passions — book printing and self publishing. It shows that our book printing division can print anything from a simple 80 page novel, up to a book with a level of sophistication and quality good enough to surpass anything that any other printing business in the country can produce.
Our customer is a successful business consultant, and this is his first venture into self publishing. He sells the book in conjunction with his excellent consultancy seminars.
Having spent the best part of twenty years as retail booksellers, we are keen to promote self publishing. We are in the unique position of being able to advise our customers from a bookseller’s perspective as well as a printer’s perspective.
WOW Book Cover Image


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  1. Beth Croce says:

    Inspirational – the cover looks beautiful. I just wish I could get my hands on it, which I guess is the point. Congratulations on this well deserved award! -bc

  2. Warren says:

    Congratulations on the great work! Glad your work has been recognized!

  3. Pieter Berkelaar says:

    Would you help us as publisher / printer
    we have published, printed and perfect bound a number of books for local authors, but have no idea how to get into the reseller market
    regards Pieter