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 and why self-publishing a book has become so easy. 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 are 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.
Book printing has shifted from offset printing to print on demand over the last couple of decades. Offset printing requires months to move through the process of typesetting, galleys, mechanicals, negatives, plates, printing, and binding. Needless to say, that process incurs some major costs before your book ever hits the press. For that reason, it makes sense to print several thousand books to justify setup costs and printing. POD requires a much smaller upfront investment so you can print fewer books without sacrificing quality.
The print on demand process requires much less preparation work than offset printing. It’s really as simple as submitting your book content and metadata with digital files. The files are logged into our system, examined for any errors, and a proof is created for you to review. We can also work with you to create a cover design and overall formatting for your book.
Once you review the proof and provide any final edits, we can print and bind your book. The process can be completed in less than a month, even weeks, providing you approve your proof quickly. This streamlined process greatly reduces your initial expense allowing you to print only the amount you need. That also means you won’t have to worry about storage of any excess books.
The process also allows for easy updates in the event you want to change your cover art or make edits to your book during the next run. We simply incorporate the edits and they’ll be in place… no wasted inventory and expense.
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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.