Getting a Book printing cost for Self publishing printing is Revealing.
Finding a book printing cost when self publishing printing for books, often gives indie authors better costs, higher quality, and more options. A recent telephone conversation with a potential client illustrates a situation that occurs quite frequently at Star Print Brokers.
What about self publishing printing, domestic and worldwide?
Here’s the story …
A U.S. self-publisher calls to ask if we print books locally in the Pacific Northwest. We ask if there were any specific reasons why they wish to print domestically, given that we print almost exclusively in Asia. We explain that the quality of our select group of Asian printers is far superior to most books manufacturing domestically. Also, our pricing is far more attractive. But, we do print in the U.S. too.
Remember, not all printers are the same. Not all printers from one country can print and bind books well. We only negotiate and work with the best, and have since 1999! We are physically located in Bellevue, just outside Seattle.
Actual book printing cost
This was to be a large format (12″ x 12″) hardcover coffee table book. Large black and white photographs are dominate. We discuss their specs from a domestic printer. Furthermore, we adjust those specs to the higher quality levels we produce. The client was incredulous when we told them what our rough pricing estimate would be for 1,000 and 2,000 copies.
They were prepared to be spending far more — over $22,000 (nearly double) — for books with specs that were significantly lower quality.
Our suggestions create better and often more affordable books
Further, we suggest that the designer consider going to duotones for their images. This would add definition and depth compared to their simple 1 color (black and white) images. This was something no other printer is suggesting to them during their search. We also direct them to the many tutorials on our website that include one specifically on duotones and how they are done in Adobe Photoshop.
We were also able to offer them samples of books we print with similar subject matter and scale, along with another book that would demonstrate the look of duotones. These are more examples of self publishing printing.
The firm quote for book printing cost
The caller requests a firm quotation ASAP. We provide that within our usual 24 to 48 hour time frame. The actual pricing came in just a bit lower than our rough guidance at 1,000 copies.
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