How to prepare your book for printing
You can make the process of book printing and binding go even more smoothly by taking time up front to prepare your book for printing.
You can use our free book templates to make sure your files are set up properly for printing and formatting. Taking extra care to edit and proof your book before you submit your final files will save you reprint costs if you find a mistake.
When your book is ready to be submitted to our online ordering system, be sure to export it to PDF format. We can help you through this process, or you can use your word-processing program’s “Save to PDF” function. (We also recommend the free software called DoPDF, available for download on our website.)
- Make sure resolution is set to 600 dpi
- Embed fonts
- Choose “Press Quality” preset (if available)
- Select Image Quality: Maximum (if available)
A high-quality PDF is the first step in printing a high-quality book!
How much does it cost to print your own book?
Printing your own book can be surprisingly affordable — less than $5 a book. Your costs will vary depending on your customizations, so you control how much you spend.
Binding, paper, page count
When you set up your 48 Hour Books printing order, you’ll specify your binding choice, paper type, and number of pages. Different styles of binding have different costs and increasing the number of pages can increase the price, too.
We also offer discounts on your book printing order. When you buy 100 printed books, you get 25 free — a 25% savings! Of course, if you order more than 100 books, we’ll still give you the 25 free. (Example: order 200 books and get 25 free for a total of 225 books).
If you order 100 copies of a 6”x9” perfect-bound book (180 black-and-white pages each), your effective per-book price is just $4.74 when you take the 25 additional free books into account. That includes a FREE, full-color paperback cover, too.