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How to Print a Book

There are many talented authors but only a small fraction have taken their talent for writing and moved their book through the publication process. The publishing industry can be difficult to navigate, almost to the point that it makes aspiring writers feel like the process is hopeless. The steps to print a book take a little bit of explanation, but it’s not a process that’s difficult enough for you to give up hope. This article focuses on giving you the information you need on how to get a book printed.

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.

Write Your Book

An easy way to get your book printed is to do it yourself. These days you don’t have to rely on a major publishing company to notice your book and get it into the hands of readers. Consider using a service like Type & Tell to streamline the publishing process. Using the Type & Tell website, you can:

- Write your book our online editor tool or import a finished Word document

- Typeset your pages and choose the perfect interior layout

- Choose between three book sizes to suit your needs

- Design and upload your own cover

Books created with Type & Tell's Book Editor

Publish Your Work

After writing your book in the editor, it’s time to get your work into the hands of readers. Type & Tell offers multiple publishing packages to suit your individual needs.

T&T Basic: The baseline package. Make the process fast and simple and save money in the process. This package includes a proof copy for you to approve, publication, an ISBN, technical review of your copy to make sure it’s formatted correctly for printing (this isn’t a proofreading service, typos and grammar mistakes need to be corrected by yourself) and five author copies for you and your friends.

T&T Plus: This is a middle-of-the-line package that includes on-demand physical and ebook distribution of your book as well as “classic” cover design. You’ll also get ten printed author copies as a bonus.

T&T Pro: This high-end package includes everything you need to get your newly printed book off to a good start. Enjoy benefits like “premium” cover design, a personal publishing mentor, manuscript assessment, proofreading, digital advert design, and printed marketing material.

Type & Tell’s Pro package gives you all of the services you’d enjoy from a traditional publisher, and this added support can make all the difference.

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Marketing Your Book

Writing and publishing your book is only the beginning of the journey. If you go through all this effort and no one reads it, was it really worth your time? Here is a quick list of some things to consider when starting the marketing process:

- What kind of cover is your audience attracted by? Design with your readers in mind to get them to pick the book up off the shelf.

- Where are you likely to find your readers? A physical store, or online? Focus your advertising on the format that will get you the best results.

- What else are they reading? Look at successful books and other media in your genre, and try to uniquely emulate the strategies that have given them success.

With the higher end publishing packages from Type & Tell, you’ll receive a good amount of input and support regarding the marketing process. Even if you opt for the baseline package, these tips will serve you well when trying to get the news about your new book out there.


Work Out Cost

This article has gone over some guidelines and steps towards getting your book published and marketed using a service like Type & Tell, but how much will it cost you?

Before going into this process, try to have an idea of what you want out of the experience so you’re not surprised by the costs associated with publishing. If you have no idea where to start, consider checking out a tool like Type & Tell’s Print Run Calculator. 

Put Yourself Out There

Whatever your book idea, leaving your work unpublished will never let your book live up to its full potential. This article has demonstrated that learning how to get a book printed is easy, and that the actual process with a service like Type & Tell is pretty simple too. So why not give it a go?

Use these tips and guidelines to put yourself out there and see what your book can do. Seeing your hard work in the hands of appreciative readers is more than worth the effort. Contact Type & Tell today!

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