What printing options are available?
Books are soft cover, perfect bound, with black and white interiors on white paper. We offer a choice of gloss or matte covers. Available trim sizes are:
What do I need to participate?
In order to place an order through us, you will need to have:
- a final Pressbooks PDF export in one of the sizes mentioned above.
- a cover designed for print-on-demand, to the correct specifications (see below).
What is a print-ready book cover?
Print-ready book covers are high-res and include the back cover, front cover and spine. The dimensions are a specific size based on the trim size and number of pages in your final book export. If you do not have a print-ready book cover, you can use our cover generator (free with PDF+EBOOK Pro plans).
How much does it cost?
Printing cost is determined by a complex mix of factors including trim size, page count, cover type and where you’re shipping. If you would like a quote, fill out our book printing interest form and we will send you a quote to print your book.
How long will it take?
You will receive a digital proof after payment and receipt of your print-ready cover and interior files. Assuming same-day proof approval, it typically takes four weeks from order placement to the time of ship.
Do you offer expedited service?
Not yet, but we may do so in the future.
Can you ship my books internationally?
Currently we ship within the U.S. only.
Can you distribute my book or print-on-demand?
We do not offer book distribution or print-on-demand services.
Do I need an ISBN?
No. Since you are simply printing the books, not distributing them, you do not need an ISBN. (However, if you are planning to distribute the books you order from us into libraries or bookstores, it is recommended that the book have an ISBN.) If you do not have an ISBN, the printer will add a generic barcode to your back cover in lieu of an ISBN barcode.
Is there a minimum number of books I have to print?
There is a 50-book minimum for orders through Pressbooks.
Is there a setup fee?
Depending on the size of the order, and the fees charged to us by our printers, we may charge a setup fee.
Do you do proofs?
We will send you a digital proof for you to sign off on before your book is printed.
How do I pay?
We will send you a quote for your print job electronically. Once you accept the quote, we will then send you an invoice. Upon receipt of your payment (we accept all major credit cards), we will place your print order.
Anything else I should know?
You are responsible for submitting your final print-ready cover and interior files to us. If the printer deems your files not print-ready (for instance, wrong-resolution cover file), or if you need to revise or resubmit your files, we will have to bill you our costs for those revisions ($80/hr, 1/2-hour minimum), so please check your files carefully before submitting.
Who is this best for?
We offer a convenient option for anyone who wants to print without acquiring an ISBN, or who wants to bypass the hassle of distribution and simply get their books printed. It’s also ideal if you are looking to print galleys to share with editors or reviewers, or print a box or two books to share with your network or to take to a special event.
Organizations that want to print a short run of books but may not be able to do print-on-demand due to restrictions on accepting payments via Amazon or other distributors can use our service without those issues, since we do not need your bank account or tax information in order to print.
How does your pricing compare to other options?
Our book printing is priced lower than some book printing services and higher than others. The book printing service we provide saves you the considerable investment of effort and time involved in setting up print-on-demand on your own.