Printing Tips and News

Bang Printing acquires Sentinel Printing

Posted by Chuck Manthey on Wed, Dec 02, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

Bang Printing and its subsidiaries, a provider of accountable print performance solutions and other value-added services for catalogs, books, publications and educational printed products, announced they have entered into an agreement to buy Sentinel Printing.

The sale will allow Bang Printing and Sentinel Printing to combine their existing capabilities and provide customers with a more diversified suite of products and services. Sentinel Printing will retain its manufacturing plant in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Sentinel Printing will remain under the leadership of Chuck Manthey.

Tags: book printing

Bruce Fife: Coconut Books with Sentinel Printing

Posted by Luke Riordan on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 04:57 PM

Author Examines the Versatile Coconut

Coconut Cures
Learn why coconut oil is considered the healthiest oil on earth along with how it can protect you against heart disease, diabetes, and infectious illnesses such as influenza, herpes, Candida, and even HIV. Besides learning about the healing power of coconut oil, you will also learn about the amazing health benefits of coconut meat, milk, and water from reading Coconut Cures.


Coconut Water for Health and Healing
Coconut water has become very popular within the last few years, but why? Coconut water is a refreshing beverage that is also a nutrition powerhouse containing a complex blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, antioxidants, enzymes, health enhancing growth hormones, and other phytonutrients.

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The Coconut Flour Gourmet
Do you have a gluten-intolerance or want to try a gluten-free diet? There’s no need to give up your favorite recipes when you have coconut flour. Unlike other flours, coconut flour is completely gluten-free and is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Whether you’re looking to make muffins, bread, chicken, or even stuffing, the recipes in this book are designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes.

The books highlighted above are only a small selection of the books from Bruce Fife. Click here for more.

Tags: bruce fife, coconut water, book printing, Sentinel Printing, coconut, the coconut flour gourmet, coconut cures

Are Email and Ebooks Killing Our Forests?

Posted by Doug Walter on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 @ 07:29 AM

A lot of attention, and progress, has been focused on global deforestation. But what’s happening right here in our back yard?


For the first time in 100 years, our U.S. forests are shrinking and disappearing. The smaller the woodland area, the fewer ecological benefits it provides. And those benefits vanish completely when a forest is destroyed for development.

One in five acres of family-owned forestland is owned by someone at least 75 years old.

Nearly 60 percent of these forests are privately owned, and as owners age, this land is being divided, sold and transferred at an alarming rate, often for urban development. The critical question we need to ask is: How can we help private landowners hold on to and sustainably manage these rich ecosystems that supply us with clean air and water?


Owners of woodlands have to pay taxes. And protecting these woodlands against fire, insects, invasive plants, illegal logging, etc., adds more expense to ownership. When the land can pay for itself with selective harvesting and replanting of portions of these woodlands for timber sales, there’s less chance that a landowner will have to sell to a developer. But when the market for timber goes away, those landowners often don’t have a choice.

55 million acres of forestland are owned by people who plan to sell or transfer some or all of their land in the next five years.

Private family landowners say their primary interests in keeping their woodlands intact are for posterity, recreation and scenic beauty. Growing trees for timber on part of that land is the way they pay the expenses of ownership. Selective harvesting and replanting using advanced forest management practices (called silviculture) not only provides an income, but also creates a healthier woodland that is better protected from wildfires, insects and invasive plants. A full 60% of the wood harvested in the U.S. comes from these family forestlands.

By providing a market for wood, the forest products industry gives forest owners an incentive to keep land as forest as opposed to converting it to other uses that provide few or no watershed or carbon benefits.

As an FSC certified wholesale trade printer, Sentinel Printing is commited to the long-term sustainability of our forests. We work with our customer and print brokers to outline options that are both economical and eco-friendly. Contact Sentinel Printing today for a free quote on your next project.

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Tags: independent book publishing, print distributors, book printing tips, trade printing

Five Novels to Read in 2014

Posted by Luke Riordan on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 @ 04:28 PM

Five Trendy Picks for 2014

If you haven't already included “read a few books” on your 2014 to-do list, Sentinel Printing is here to help get you started. These trending books will have you jumping out of your armchair, shedding a heartfelt tear, and intrigued until the very last page.



For those looking for a “touching, heartfelt” book: Leonard Peacock wakes up on the morning of his 18th birthday with plans to kill his former best friend and himself.  Not only do these plans fall through, he ends up being one of the most sympathetic characters in the book.



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 Looking for the next big adventure book? Who Will Survive? is the final book in the #1 best-selling series “The Mortal Instruments.”  As their society falls apart, Clary, Simon, Jace, and their friends unite to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim has had: Clary’s brother.  Lives are lost, friendships are broken, and the whole world changes.  If you haven’t started this series, you need to.



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A tale of fan fiction, family, and first love.  Cath is obsessed with the online fan-fiction world and about to transition from high school to college.  But when her twin sister not only tells her that she doesn’t want to be a part of the fan-fiction world and that she also doesn’t want to be her roommate, Cath must make it without the dependency of her sister and continue writing her own fan-fiction stories.




Romance, fairy-tale, drama.  Need we say more? Rudy’s life is altered completely when his parents move to a remote island in an attempt to save his younger sick brother.  The remote island has fish exclusive to their coast that heal the sick, but that is not all the island has.  During his time there, he meets a new love, Diana, and a new best friend, Teeth.  Not only is Teeth a teenage merman, he shares secrets with Rudy that ultimately make him choose between his own happiness and the life of his younger brother.



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If you’ve read The Kite Runner,  you in for a treat!  Khaled Hosseini has written a new book that weaves together the stories of families and relationships over the span of fifty years.  These stories range from the middle east to the United States, and their connections within their stories and the people is nothing but chilling.


Top Ten Holiday Childrens' Books

Posted by Luke Riordan on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 03:37 PM

The season of giving is underway - We want to give back to our community and recommend ten great children’s books for the Holidays! Comment below and share which books should be added to the list. 


  1. The Elf on the Shelf, Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell
  2. The Night Before Christmas, Clement Clarke Moore
  3. Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, Jane O' Connor  
  4. The Berenstein Bears and the Joy of Giving, Jan and Mike Berenstain
  5. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson
  6. Dream Snow, Eric Carle
  7. Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa, Donna L. Washington, Shane W. Evans
  8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss
  9. Olivia Helps With Christmas, Ian Falconer
  10. The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg

Tags: reading, independent book publishing, Sentinel Printing, childrens books, holidays, the elf on the shelf

Minnesota Wild to host release of 'Hockey Moms Aren't Crazy!'

Posted by Luke Riordan on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 @ 12:07 PM


November 27th Wild Game will feature author Jodi M. Anderson's latest book

Sentinel Printing is celebrating the hockey season with the official release of Hockey Mom's Aren't Crazy!. The release will take place at the Minnesota Wild game on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving (11/27/13). The Wild have heavily discounted ticket prices for this event, with ticket options priced at $30 (upper level) to $60 (lower level). The price includes a free copy of Hockey Moms Aren't Crazy! and a "meet & greet" with the author, Jodi M. Anderson, and FSN North's Kevin Gorg. More information below.


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Click here and use the Special Offer Code "Wild" to receive a discount.

Hockey Moms Aren't Crazy! facebook page.


Tags: hockey moms, jodi m. anderson, hockey, minnesota, wild, kevin gorg, minnesota wild, hockey moms aren't crazy!, nhl, scott roles

Sentinel Printing offers publishers benefits other printers can’t

Posted by Luke Riordan on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 09:26 AM

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As book printing specialists, Sentinel Printing offers publishers benefits other printers can’t. Our expertise means you benefit from our knowledge of:

§  More efficient printing methods and equipment specific to books

§  Assistance with file set up and layouts

§  FSC green printing techniques

   The impact of different types of paper and different weights


Affordable Printing of All Types of Books
Sentinel Printing works with publishers nationwide and prints all types of books: fiction, poetry, family history, spiritual, cookbooks, novels, biographies, community history books, and much more. Whether you want soft cover or hard cover books, we provide affordable 1-2 color book printing with full color covers.


If you’re a publisher, contact us today for a quote on your next book printing project.

Study shows 80% of books are printed, only 20% are e-books

Posted by Mary Jo Sandretsky on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

The latest BookStats industry study found that e-books were now 20% of the book business (and starting to plateau). If you turn that statistic around that means that 80% of book business is still good old-fashioned printed books. I hardly call that an eclipse. Borders went down and Barnes & Noble may be struggling but independent booksellers grew by 65. The landscape is obviously changing but on my last airplane flight, I was glad I could still read my old fashioned book to kill the time when everyone else had to put their electronic devices away. Print is not dead... in books anyway... I wish that the industry and media would acknowledge the existing print fraction.

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Tags: book printing, e-readers, printed books, print is big

Sometimes a printed manual is of great value

Posted by Mary Jo Sandretsky on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

A good point about the continued need for print.

To print your manuals, call Sentinel Printing!

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What can Sentinel Printing Offer You

Posted by Luke Riordan on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 @ 01:29 PM

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At Sentinel Printing we take our products seriously, and our customers even more seriously. Our main goal is to provide the best services that are incomparable to other printing companies. At Sentinel Printing we take pride in our printing services and all we are able to offer to our customers.

Sentinel Printing provides complete printing solutions to all of our customers problems. We focus on completing projects that our completed on time, within budget and of excellent quality. Since 1854 we have printed thousands of directories, books and periodicals. We have been able to produce such a high number of mediums because our staff members have incomparable knowledge about our products and they use innovative approaches throughout productions.

Within Sentinel we have four core values that run through all the work we do. We take great pride in our integrity and ethics, our performance, our innovative ideas and collaboration. Our combination of equipment and expertise will create a lasting impact that will keep customers coming back again and again.

We take our printing services very seriously because we know that your printed material is a reflection of your company and a brand. We don’t want our customers looking bad, which in effect makes our company look bad as well. Our printing services specialize in providing cost-effective print solutions to a variety of industries including publishers, health care, manufacturers and educational industries. Besides printing we offer finishing and fulfillment services that meet your needs, include books, manuals, magazines, coiled books, and catalogs among many different mediums. We combine our talents with sheet fed, web offset and digital printing technologies to deliver the utmost dependability.

Sentinel Printing is pleased to announce that we have over 150 years of printing excellence rewarded with the industry’s most prestigious awards under our belt. These awards include best in show and golden awards in the gallery of superb printing.

One of the last but most important perks of becoming a customer is the two perks programs we offer for book publishers and print distributors. Within the print broker rewards program one will receive highly competitive pricing to give you more margin, quick quotes and fast turn times, exclusive offers of additional discounts throughout the year and personalized programs designed around your particular broker/client relationships. The Publisher’s Perk Program includes free sample kits of different types of book covers and binding, exclusive offers on marketing tools, such as custom printed postcards and bookmarks and tips on effective book printing and marketing.

Make the informed choice today and become a customer at Sentinel Printing. We have many options to offer to you, and we can’t wait to serve your printing needs.