Seeing all your hard work culminate as a printed book you can hold in your hands is a truly magical experience. Having now accomplished your dream of becoming a published author, you should pause for a moment and pat yourself on the back!
These days, printing books is a very different process to even a decade ago and there are a lot more options for you to choose from. With current digital printing equipment, the necessity for large offset print runs to keep the per-unit cost price of printed books low is no longer such an important consideration. For most authors, it is relatively affordable to order a small print run of their book (particularly in the case of books with black and white interior pages).
Book printing – Digital versus offset
Books can be printed in several different ways: sheet fed offset, roll fed offset or digital printing. The printing production process is typically based on the total number of books required. Digital sheet fed printing is mostly used for short print runs of 50 to 2,000 books. Sheet feed offset printing is typically usually used for larger quantities of printed books (1,000+ books) in order to keep the cost per book down, while roll fed offset printing is the most cost effective method of all.
At Brisbane Self Publishing Service we are able to advise you on the best trim sizes, binding style, paper stock and cover finish (i.e. matte or gloss celloglaze/laminate) for your book. In addition, we can discuss with you the pros and cons of black and white versus full colour interior printing, paperback versus hard cover, as well as offering suggestions regarding an appropriate recommended retail price (RRP) and the total number of printed books you should order. We liaise on your behalf with local book printing companies for short run digital printing or, if you’re interested in printing larger quantities of your book (over 1,000 books), we can organise offshore printing.
Print on Demand (POD)
Like many authors, financial or storage space considerations may mean that you’d prefer not to order any inventory (printed books), In this case, we are able to assist you with getting your book set up for print on demand (POD) printing/distribution via Ingram Spark and/or Amazon Createspace.
To find out more about printing options for your book, please contact us.