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In what you want to do, the defining element is your expectation of longevity with double-sided printing. This is exactly the problem that has plagued publishers since the days of Gutenberg. Ask any archivist of paper documents and you will find out just how difficult what you want to do is. Having said that, I will say that many Epson printers could do an outstanding job - in terms of appearance - of your project with the right paper. The problems are longevity with inkjets and double-sided printing.. Of Epson materials, only Matte Heavy Weight and Archival Matte papers with the Epson 2000P with will get you the longevity you want. However, they cannot be printed on both sides and the longevity comes only with specific display techniques. There may be other papers out there which will do what you want, someone else may be able to help you with them. Additionally, the 2000P is not particularly good when it comes to the text portion of your task. I am forced to conclude that the solution is both simple and expensive: offset printing on acid-free, all-cotton paper, with the images on coated stock. If anyone has contrary opinions, please speak up - this is a problem that bedevils many of us. Jim Wingo *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 8/16/2001 at 4:00 PM Larry Hunt wrote: >I would appreciate any ideas about which Epson printer and what paper >and ink might handle the following task best. > >1- I am printing what will end up being several books and I need to >print both sides of the page. > >2- Several of the books will have generational family content and I >would like them to last for several generations, i.e., over a hundred >years. > >3- Many of the pages will contain color photographs taken with digital >cameras and scanned old family photos. With the photos will be text >telling family stories and providing family history. > >4- The books have been and will be set up in a page layout program >allowing the artistic presentation of the pictures and texts. > >5- Eventually I would like to go beyond the 8X10 boundries of the >average printed page and use larger paper. > >Any ideas will be greatly appreciated. > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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