Scout Books: Hot New Printing Option

March 16, 2011

So I’ve been watching the awesome folks at Pinball Publishing for a long time. They’re an eco-friendly print shop based in Portland and do really amazing work with 100% recycled materials and plant-based inks. A year ago, they launched a line called “scoutbooks,” blank or lined mini-notebooks with custom covers, inspired — as far as I can tell — by Boy Scout merit badge pamphlets.

Recently, they’ve upgraded the options and allow you to order bad-ass looking 32-page 3.5×5″ saddle-stitched booklets with chipboard covers and custom interiors through their amazingly simple website. With 1-color covers, they end up being $2-3 a piece, and it’s between $2-4 for two color covers, depending on how many you order.

In my mind, these are PERFECT way to print short indie games in a way that looks nice and professional. I’ve been planning all along to use them to print Geiger Counter and Super Suit, and thought about hoarding this secret away so I could be the first to do this, but decided it was better to share.

If anybody does get games printed through them, please let me know because I’m dying to find out how they turn out.

3 Responses to “Scout Books: Hot New Printing Option”

  1. Jesse Coombs Says:

    Wow, this is really neat. I’m going to bookmark this. Thanks!


  2. It’s funny that 250 is now a “small print run” for this community. I’m not sure if that’s a positive or a negative!

    Thanks for sharing, I like the form factor and this is going into the mix.


  3. As an additional note, I’ve gotten custom quotes from Pinball at a slighly larger 5×7″ size as well, and they seem pretty reasonable. Still minimum of 250, though, and the pages have to be in multiples of 16.


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