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Mike Heaton

Meet Mike, the dynamic Managing Director at Ex Why Zed. Since founding the company in 2006, he has built an encyclopedic knowledge of print, overseeing thousands of projects whilst specialising in booklet and book printing. And yes, he's the guy in our YouTube videos ?? With a BA in Graphic Design and mastery over the Adobe Creative Suite, Mike is your go-to for expert guidance on preparing artwork for print. Nothing thrills him more than receiving a quote request from artists and self-publishers he admires. Outside the print world, Mike is a die-hard Lego enthusiast, an avid football shirt collector, and the proud curator of his personal Oasis museum.

Recent Posts

Why Custom Hardback Books are the Perfect Way to Preserve Your Stories

Welcome to Ex Why Zed, your premier destination for custom hardback book printing in the UK. We are passionate about helping authors, artists, and businesses bring their creative visions to life with our high-quality printing services. With our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, we ensure that your custom hardback books are produced to the highest standards […]

Why A4 Hardback Book Printing Is the Best Way to Go

Are you an aspiring author looking to publish your own book? Do you want your masterpiece to stand out from the crowd? Look no further! A4 hardback book printing services are here to make your book a reality. In this blog, we will discuss everything about A4 hardback book printing services. From understanding why you […]

The Benefits of Cheap Hardback Book Printing in the UK

Are you an author or a publisher looking for cost-effective ways to print your hardback books in the UK? Then look no further! Cheap hardback book printing is the way to go. But before we dive into the benefits of this option, let’s first understand what hardback book printing is all about. Hardback books are […]

One-Off Hardback Book Printing UK: Top Services for You

Hardback book printing is the process of creating books with a sturdier and more durable cover than paperback books. Hardback books, also known as hardcover books, are bound with a hard outer cover, typically made of thick cardboard or cloth. This type of book printing is often preferred for its higher quality and longevity. The […]

UK Book Sales 2021: Highest Record in 10 Years

Sales of fantasy, science fiction, romance, crime novels, and personal development titles increased by 5 per cent compared to 2020, owing to strong demand. The sales totalled £1.82 billion, a 3 per cent increase over 2020, and, for the first time, sales have surpassed £1.8 billion. Short run hardback book printing was in high demand […]

Insight into the State of Book Markets in the UK and Beyond

The book markets in the UK, Europe and the USA, along with many others worldwide, experienced a strong year in 2021. That’s reassuring as the bounce back took place against the backdrop of emerging COVID-19 variants and the pressures on supply, staffing, and pricing that resulted. In China, though, book sales have yet to recover […]

Beginner’s Guide to Hardback Photo Book Printing

Companies offering hardback photo book printing have reduced the costs and other hurdles that used to be associated with self-publishing. As a result, people have come up with intriguing photo book varieties, and more artists are experimenting with photo books, making new formats and designs. This blog will guide you on the process of creating […]

The Book Shortage Of 2021 | Ex Why Zed

The year 2021 saw increased demand among consumers for physical books. However, the climate surrounding the pandemic also resulted in a shortage in their supply. While some authors chose to commission a short run of hardcover book printing to fill the supply gap, shipping issues also impacted the time it took for the products to […]

What You Can Do to Make the Best Custom Notebooks

Custom notebooks can promote your business and provide your customers with somethingto use and remember you by. If you want to run a campaign to increase brand recall,notebooks may prove an excellent investment. Hardback notebook printing companies likeEx Why Zed can provide you with various options that will fit your vision and budget.Hardback book printing […]

How Can Short-Run Hardback Book Printing Benefit You?

Before the prevalence of digital printing, the only option for printing hardback books was by ordering them in large quantities, or large runs. The use of resources between short runs and large runs was just not as economical, with short-run hardback book printing costing more money per book on average. Suffice to say, hardback book […]

How Much Does Size A5 Booklet Printing Cost in the UK?

A5 booklets have a lot of uses for businesses and organisations alike, typically as informational brochures, providing knowledge in bite-sized books. A5 booklets are also excellent for advertising new businesses, products, and services. If you want to have your own A5 booklets for whatever reason, you’ll need to work with an A5 booklet printing service […]

The Artists’ Guide to Self-Publishing and Printing Booklets

Self-publishing is a challenging endeavour because of the amount of work one needs to put in to achieve success. Despite this, artists in many fields are turning to self-publishing as a means to promote their work. Booklet printing services nowadays offer plenty of support for those who are looking to make their work more visible […]

How Much Do Hardcover Book Printing Services Cost In The UK?

Hardcover book printing is a common choice for a lot of people, especially if they’re going after quality and longevity. However, hardback book printing is priced differently compared to paperback printing. That’s because there are a lot of factors to consider in terms of cost. On average, hardcover book printing in the UK can cost […]

Trends In The Publishing Industry For 2023

Publishing has been rapidly evolving over the years. Half a decade ago, people thought it would be phased out and replaced entirely by e-books. However, traditional publishing methods such as softback and hardback book printing in the UK remain resilient to this day. Softback and hardback book printing have continued to evolve, and many different […]

200 Million Printed Books Sold In The UK Despite Pandemic

Over 200 million printed books were sold in the UK last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an impressive figure, and even more notable for being the highest volume of UK book sales in well over a decade. It would seem that the popularity of printed materials, as opposed to online-only publications, may not […]

Where To Find An Affordable Service For Booklet Printing In The UK

As in all areas of life, the printing industry has seen many technological advances over the years. Booklet printing UK-wide and printing of many other formats like newspapers and magazines are very different to how it was done in the past. Major improvements to booklet printing technology have made the process more environmentally friendly and […]

Booklet Printing from Your Files. Free Delivery, Top Quality

Booklet Printing from your PDF Artwork If you are looking for top-quality booklet printing from your PDF, Ex Why Zed is the perfect choice. Our state-of-the-art printing presses and experienced team ensure that every booklet we produce is of the highest standard. We understand that your booklet is a reflection of your brand or message, […]

Are you sending a project to print today?

When it comes to tight deadlines, rush orders, and last-minute printing, Ex Why Zed is here to help. If you have a project that is being sent to print today, great, let us provide you with a quote for a fast turnaround, high quality solution. Chat to us on 01206 766647, hello@exwhyzed.com or through the […]

Paper choices for printing: A showcase of silk, gloss, uncoated and recycled finishes

Paper choice is the biggest factor that affects the aesthetic of your publication printing.
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How to create and print an awesome hardback photography book

We showcase a recent hardback, photobook print project to give you ideas and inspiration on what can be achieved with printing.
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What is the process of case binding a hardback book?

A deep dive into hardback book binding at Ex Why Zed and the mechanics of a case bound book, the end papers accompanied by technical tips to look out for when you prepare your artwork.
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An intriguing and insightful look into Zine pricing and printing

We take you through the considerations that affect how much it costs to print your zine at Ex Why Zed and how to make it commercially viable.
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Printing a Zine FAQs at Ex Why Zed

We want to get across that when you print a zine with Ex Why Zed, the answer is “Yes”, now what is the question.
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