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How Much Does it Cost to Print a Book?

For many aspiring authors, cost is a big factor in whether or not they take the plunge into self-publishing. We understand that here at Type & Tell, and as a leading UK-based publishing services provider we offer a range of publishing and printing options. Type & Tell also allows customers to purchase a publishing package before completing your book, to be used at any time. It's a great way of capitalising on deals and discounts that we might be offering. Our packages can be tailored to suit your self-publishing needs. Customers can also add other standalone services to meet the project requirements for an additional cost.

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.



Bulk printing



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.

How Does the Process Work?

Type & Tell accurately estimates all the probable expenses to avoid making losses. Some authors will choose large print runs for a lower cost per book as they expect significant sales, while others will opt for ‘Print on Demand’ with a higher per-book print cost. Then, each book is only printed when a purchase is made, ensuring no surplus. The demand for ebooks has increased recently, with the advantage that there are no print or delivery costs there to chip away at your profit margin.

Did we mention you keep 100% of your book sales with Type & Tell? It’s true!

Some clients will instinctively opt to only put out ebooks because they believe that the process will be significantly cheaper when compared to print books, which is true, as these digital copies do not come with printing charges because they are not physically made. Still, even our most basic publishing package T&T Basic includes five printed copies of your book as standard, so you will see it in the flesh, as it were.


The ebook delivery method is also obviously cheaper, because they can be sent through an email or downloaded onto a device. However, the fixed costs your initial publishing package do not change, and depend on which combination of editing, design and marketing suit your needs best. Your ebook version will often be priced cheaper, but with Type & Tell’s publishing packages we can prepare both physical and ebook versions so that they’re fully registered and ready to be sold on leading online stores like Amazon.

Here at Type & Tell, we usually agree that ebooks need to be slightly cheaper than the physical copies, but we can help to advise you on potential pricing strategy given the length, content and style of your book. The value of the content to the reader remains the same, irrespective of the delivery format, so we’ll ensure that your book is correctly formatted for both versions. Many self-publishers prefer to print on demand to reduce the chances of making unnecessary losses. We understand this, but we offer great prices either way so will leave the final choice with you. More information on our print services are available across our site.

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Our Publishing Packages

If a customer decides to self-publish a book, we can offer three competitive publishing packages.

T&T Basic: This package suits customers who do not plan to distribute their physical book through retailers. It is the most affordable starting at £199. When you create an account, you have access to our Book Editor, which can be used for FREE to typeset your book. Once complete, if you decide you would like more than five copies, then we offer customers the option of a personal print run, where you can purchase as many copies of your book as you like. We also cater for the registration charges in the British Library. We also supply you with ISBN, technical review services and print-ready PDF files.

T&T Plus: This package favours authors who wish to sell their books through the leading retailers in the world. We also help you to create a cover that attracts your target readers. This package provides you with all the privileges that come with T&T plus a 5% discount for additional editorial, typesetting, project management, marketing and five more printed copies. This package starts at £499.

T&T Pro: This is a premium package that starts at £3399. The package entitles authors to services including editing and detailed publishing assistance through the support of a personal publishing mentor. It can also include creating a premium cover, global distribution, and access to marketing services. In addition to the privileges that come with the above two packages, a 15% discount is offered on project management, editorial, and marketing services. After publication, the author also gets twenty printed copies.

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Publish with Type & Tell

If you make the decision to partner with Type & Tell, you’ll meet a publisher who offers quality editorial, printing and marketing services at the most competitive charges in the industry. As a reputed and well-established publishing firm, we offer convenient printing deals without exaggerating the printing costs. Type & Tell are a publisher who understands your unique needs and budget. Get in touch today.

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