A. There are a number of factors that go into calculating the cost of print. The number of pages, the size of the book, the type of paper and binding, the list goes on. The best way to find out how much it will cost to print your book is to get a free online quote. As we are a digital book and booklet printer it is more economical for us to set up and print between 25 and 500 copies. Setting up fewer than 25 copies is very time consuming and uses a lot of our resources. As a result it might seem like ordering a smaller number of books is less cost effective.
Q. Does my quoted price include delivery?
A. Yes. Delivery to one UK address is included in our base price. Additional deliveries will be charged at £6 per box.
Q. Does my quoted price include VAT?
A.No, it doesn't. This is because you may not have to pay VAT on your order. If you are printing a 'complete book', such as a novel or a biography, it will not be subject to VAT. Take a look at our VAT guide for more information.
Q. Does My Quote Include A Cover?
A. Yes, the printing of a full colour cover is included in the quoted price. If you haven't created a cover yet, our book cover design service might be for you? We can create you a bespoke cover design for just £50.
Paperback and Booklets: PDF Proof from PDF print-ready files = 1 working day PDF Proof from other file format = 3-4 working days Printed bound proof from PDF print-ready files = 3-5 working days Full order black and white printing = 7-10 working days (after proof signed off) Full order colour printing = 7-10 working days (after proof signed off)
Hardback books: PDF Proof from PDF print-ready files = 1 working day PDF Proof from other file format = 3-4 working days Printed bound proof = 4-8 working days Full order black and white printing = 15 working days (after proof signed off) Full order colour printing = 15 working days (after proof signed off)
At present, we do not offer a fast track service, and books are delivered the next working day to a mainland UK address through UPS couriers. Deliveries to Scotland and Northern Ireland take 3-4 working days. Deliveries further abroad may take longer.
Q. Why do hardbacks take so much longer than paperbacks?
A. Hardbacks take longer because each cover has to be handmade. They are worth the wait though, the final product is stunning.
Q. How do I order re-prints?
A. Re-prints can be ordered through your online account. Your account will save your past orders so it is very quick and easy to re-order. If you would like to make changes to your order before reordering you would either need to upload a new file or get in touch with a member of the team.
A. We will accept your files in any format. It is easiest for us to work with PDF files, but we are happy to work with Microsoft Word or InDesign files. It is worth remembering that if you are supplying a word file you might have to embed your font to prevent any issues when printing.
Q. What Size Books Can You Print?
A. We can print in all of the usual book and booklet sizes. If you're looking for something a bit different, we can also print a custom size. Hop over to our book sizes page to find out more.
Q. How do I calculate the size of my book spine?
It's the small details that make a book. And whilst the size of your book spine might seem like a small detail, it is very important.
A. In order to get graphics designed for your spine, you need to get the dimensions right. You can use our online spine calculator to make sure you don't make any mistakes.
Q. How do I supply my files?
When you get an instant quote you are automatically given a log in to an online account. From there you can upload files for print.
A. Alternatively you can email files to firstname.lastname@example.org, send them via WeTransfer, or posted to us as a hard copy or on a disk or memory stick.
Q. What is the Difference Between 'Pages' and 'Sheets'?
A. Each printable side of paper is classed as one page. One sheet of paper equates to two printable pages. If a page is purposefully left blank, it is still counted as a page. When you generate a quote online you need only count inside pages but the quote includes a full colour front and back cover.
Q. What is 'bleed'
A. Bleed is the area on a page that artwork extends into but will be lost at the binding or trimming stage of production. We recommend a 5mm bleed for any colour that goes to the end of a page. Check out our jargon buster for more definitions of technical words.
Q. What size margins do I need?
A. For A5 and A4 books we recommend that you set top and bottom margins to 10-15mm, set inside margins (binding edge) to at least 18mm, and outside margins to 15mm. Download our book templates to guarantee that you get your margins right first time.
A. We use FSC-certified paper. FSC do incredible work in protecting forests around the world. All of their paper is sources responsibly, and they work closely with the WWF to protect animals and people who call forests 'home'.