How Much Does it Cost to Print a Book?
There’s nothing like the feeling of holding a freshly printed copy of your new book in your hands once your finished manuscript has been completely finalised. While e-books are a very effective way of getting your book out to mass audiences at a low cost, many authors also like to have the option to provide their customers with a printed copy of their book.
With Type & Tell, you’ll get the option to utilise our Print on Demand technology for the process of selling your book through an online retailer. Book retailers around the world will be able to use Print on Demand technology to print copies of a book one at a time as they’re ordered by customers. However, you may be planning to sell copies of your print book independently alongside e-book and PoD sales.
A print run can come in handy when you want to print a few books for yourself to distribute or sell independently, without going through a retailer. Personal print runs are also ideal if you’ve made your book specifically as a personally tailored gift for friends or family members or for your business.
Once you’ve got hold of your print-run book files, we can then print as many copies as you like, in as many batches as you like. All books ordered via Type & Tell are digitally printed to the highest industry standards, so you can take your pick from a choice of high-quality book formats and print materials. Printing your own book copies through a bulk print run is an extremely viable option if you have a fairly clear idea of how many copies you are looking to distribute independently. As well as allowing you to select a specific physical stock quantity, bulk print runs also allow for a lower cost per unit and lower postage costs than PoD publishing, both of which can save you money.
Print run costs
The costs of each specific print run can vary, depending on a number of factors. The overall price of your print run can be affected by factors including:
- The number of books ordered – printing your own book through bulk print runs is a process that results in economies of scale. In other words, the more book copies you order in one print run, the less each individual book will cost and the higher your profit margin can become.
- The length of your book – print books with a higher number of pages will cost more per unit than printing shorter books, with a sliding scale depending on the rough number of pages.
- The printing format and the type of paper used - certain page formats and paper types may improve the overall presentation of your book, but you’ll have to factor in the extra printing costs that using them may incur. That said, the additionally quality may increase sales.
- Shipping costs – shipping costs will be added to your printing costs. The cost of the shipping will depend on how many books you order. You will always be quoted a final price for printing and shipping together, before we put the print order through.
You can easily estimate the cost of your print runs by using our online print cost calculator. We offer increasing volume discounts for bulk print runs, starting from 100 copies and up. This makes bulk printing a cost-effective option for self-publishing authors who need to meet a demand for their book.
As always with Type & Tell, you get to keep 100% of the profits that your book generates and you’ll have the freedom to decide exactly how your book is published and distributed. You can order any number of print runs from us; these can be large or small orders. It’s also up to you whether you rely solely on independent book distribution, or whether you also benefit from our worldwide distribution network when it comes to selling PoD books and e-books.
If you have any questions about ordering a print run from us, or about how we can help you with distributing your print runs, feel free to get in touch today and our experienced team can help you out.