We have been using school annual for the last 5-6 years. I am trying to get everyone to go Digital to make things a little easier. Any information that you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Wow... so much info! It's interesting to hear what everyone thinks about this subject.... I have been doing our school's elementary yearbook for the past three years and for us it has been very successful! We have about 750 students at our K-6th school, and we have presold 630 this year. I'm confident that the extras we order will sell out fast.
Info about ours: They cost $12 in the fall, and $14 in the spring. Depending on our volume, they cost us $9-$10. But that's not all... we also sell ad space which we make about $1500 more on. Our book is 96 pages, with 8 pages of color. The reason the printing costs more for us than maybe some others, is that we take it to a very high quality printer... not a digital printer. We also have the book "perfect bound", not stapled.
I design our book digitally which really makes the quality so much better. I agree... most elementary yearbooks are AWEFUL!
Most of the schools in our area have yearbooks. They are not so huge and expensive as the high school yearbooks, so I really don't think that having yearbooks throughout a child's school years takes anything away from their senior book. Just my opinion. At our school the yearbooks are anxiously anticipated at the end of the year. We have an art contest for the cover, and I include all of the entries as artwork inside the book, so no one is left out.
If anyone would like any help, please ask anything... I've really learned so much and would love to share.