Book Printing

Seeing all your hard work culminate as a printed book you can hold in your hands is a truly magical experience. Now that you’ve achieved your dream of becoming a published author, it’s time to pause for a moment and pat yourself on the back!

These days, printing books is a very different process to even a decade ago.  There are a lot more options to choose from, including short run digital printing, Print on Demand and traditional offset printing.

In the case of digital printing, you no longer have to commit to a large print run to keep down the per-unit cost price of printed books. For most authors, it is relatively affordable to order a small print run of their book. This is particularly the case for books that are printed with black and white internal 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 you require.

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.

Roll-fed offset printing is the most cost-effective book printing method of all.

Book printing management

At Brisbane Self Publishing Service, we  advise our author clients on the best trim sizes, binding style, paper stock and cover finish (i.e. matte or gloss celloglaze/laminate). We also explain the pros and cons of B/W versus full-colour printing or paperback versus hard-cover books. Finally, we offer suggestions regarding the total number of printed books to order.

We liaise with a local book printing company for short-run digital printing for our clients. Alternatively, for those authors who are interested in printing larger quantities of your book (over 1,000 books), we can organise offshore printing.

The minimum print-run order we manage for our author clients is 30 paperback books. (NOTE: Ordering a larger quantity of printed books at one time = cheaper cost per unit in terms of overall printing price.)

Typically, printing/delivery costs for B/W paperback books range between $AU9—$AU13 per book; for full-colour standard-size paperback books the cost ranges between $AU12—$AU18 and for children’s paperback books the cost ranges between $AU13—$AU19 per book.

Print on Demand (POD)

Financial or storage space considerations may mean that you’d prefer not to order any inventory (printed books). In this case, Print on Demand (POD) which involves only printing a book as required can be a great alternative. We offer our clients this post-publication service – assisting them with setting up their book for Print on Demand (POD) via Amazon and/or IngramSpark.

Our fee for POD set-up services range between $AU275 – $AU375 (includes an initial 20–30 minute mentoring consultation).

For more information about the steps involved with our Print on Demand service, refer to our Fees for Post-Publication Services PDF.

To discuss printing options for your book, please CONTACT US.

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