When it comes to our booking printing services our focus is on delivering quality books with a focus on print demand. Why that focus? In one word, flexibility. We can produce only what you need, when you need it, and however you need it. Perfect bound. Saddle-stitched. Coil bound. Hardcover book printing. The binding options are up to you. So are the paper options.
While still using offset printers to ensure a high quality job, print on demand, or POD, offers some distinct advantages. Most notably:
- Book printing is not governed by quantity. You can order as many or as few books as you want.
- Book quantities can be adjusted to reflect demand. If demand spikes, you can order what’s needed to reflect the demand. Turnarounds are quick.
- Storage concerns care eliminated. Gone are the days when you had to print a large quantity and then find someplace to store them.
- Budget concerns are minimized. You won’t have to outlay the large amount of cash attached to a large volume run.
- Mistakes can be corrected. If you forgot to include something or noticed a typo, you won’t have to live with the fact it’s now in print and can’t be changed.
- POD is environmentally friendly because books no longer have to be disposed of.
Where book printing services are concerned, print on demand delivers the same quality book you’ll get from traditional methods. The paper and binding are indistinguishable from a large batch run.
How much does it cost to have a book printed?
Book printing costs are governed by a number of factors including quantity, trim size, the number of pages, paper options, cover stock and color pages vs. black and white pages. Let’s assume you’ve written a book and would like to use these specs:
Quantity: 250 – Binding: Perfect-bound – Trim Size: 8.5 x 11
No Bleeds – Black and White Pages: 200 – Color Pages: 50
Total Pages: 250 – Paper: 60# – Cover: Gloss 12pt
Using a reliable book printer, you could expect to pay between $3,500 and $4,000, or roughly $14.50 per book. Again, a lot of factors can impact your final price.
As you might expect, it takes good planning to produce a custom book. Planning is at the core of our book printing services. Of course, it all starts with the initial manuscript. After that, the paper, the printing process and the number of copies have to be specified. The cover, binding, and overall layout have to be developed. We can help you create a cover that will attract readers. All this has to happen before the book gets close to hitting the actual printing process.
During the typesetting stage, the manuscript is converted to the desired font and point size and galleys are produced for initial review. After the proofing process, laser pages are produced and an exact layout of the book is created, again for proofing purposes. Once proofed, a mechanical is created suitable for filming which is the first stage of the printing process.
Mechanicals are photographed to produce negatives. These negatives are stripped in place on a flat that holds 32 or 64 pages. The number of flats used is based on the number of pages in the book. Proofs are made from the flats via an ultraviolet light to create a blueline that provides a final proofing stage before going press.
Following final approval, flats are photographed to create a plate that is then sent to the press. During the printing process, itself, the plates are fed through the press one-time for each color. One-color printing requires one pass through the press … two-color requires two passes … and four-color requires four passes.
After the printed sheets are dry, they are sent to the bindery where folded and collated into book signatures and bound. And there you have it. Your custom book is printed.
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Clients have used our book printing services to create softcover books, hardcover books, spiral-bound books, perfect bound books and everything in between. We’ll work with you to plan and produce your book.
You’ve taken the time to plan, research and write that book you’ve always wanted to write. Your last step is getting it printed. Let us help.