Cheap Book Printing

Written by Christopher Ransom
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Sometimes quality takes a backseat to budget and it is here we turn to cheap book printing. If you are looking for the least expensive way to get your book in print, the good news is there are several options that are cheap without sacrificing all quality and functionality for your book. In other words, there's a difference between cheap and inexpensive.

To find the best ways to eliminate costs associated with printing your book, you first have to grasp of what drives costs up. Been in a bookstore lately? Then you already know that hardcover books cost more than paperbacks. More pages equal more money, obviously, but also consider books of unusual size cost more to produce. So if you really want to save money, go with the paperback format that costs the least. Simple enough, sure. But make sure that you choose a format that is common or at least common for your printer and therefore cheaper to manufacture. Also, look at your binding options. As we've seen already in these pages, Plastikoil binding is an inexpensive alternative to Smythe-sewn and adhesive binding methods that doesn't sacrifice a lot of quality. Ultimately, you may want to reconsider your initial print run for cheap book printing. If you don't need thousands of copies right away, you can save money by going with a small run of a couple hundred books. But, be warned, while the total out of pocket costs for a small run might be cheap, the cost-per-unit of your book printing might actually go up.

How Cheap Is Cheap Book Printing?

It's hard to say, really. Since we're not here to quote other business's actual costs, how cheap your book printing can be is difficult to pin point. Printing your book can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the book and the size of your print run. You should be able to find a printer who will print your book for as little as a few dollars per copy, assuming you're printing common paperback trim sizes and using adhesive or spiral binding.

Copying your book at the local Kinko's and binding it yourself with a 3-hole puncher might save you some money, but without looking professional, no bookstore or customer is going to want to buy your book. Sitting on a stack of 500 books that no one wants to buy costs more money than selling inexpensive books at a cheaper price. The moral of this lesson is, cheap book printing is OK, just so long as it doesn't cost you money in the long run.


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