If you are ready to print your book and you need to get some prices then it is time to start your search for a book printer. There are so many to choose from so it can be a bit of a headache. This guide was made to help you decide what printer will be right for you and to give you some websites where you can get your book printing quote.

The main things to look out for when choosing a company to print your book are;

  • Customer Service
  • Quality (samples)
  • Custom options
  • Proof copies
  • Turnaround time
  • Delivery costs
  • Run-on prices

Customer Service

This is a very important factor when choosing which printer will be right for you and your book. You need to make sure the company you decide to go with is easy to get hold of. If you encounter any problems you need to have reliable communication with your printer to resolve any issues that may occur.


Quality needs to addressed before anything else. You need to make sure your printed book is going to be of sufficient quality. Ask all the book printers you can for recently printed samples. Any good book printing company will happily provide you with samples. They should also provide you with a samples booklet to showcase their various paper stocks available. Make sure you let the book printer know what kind of style you are after so they can match the samples to something which your printed book will look like.

Custom Options

Most printing companies will have various extra’s or custom options to put in your book. The larger the company, the more extra’s they can offer you. Some popular custom book printing options are foiling, embossing and spot UV. These can make the difference between your bookselling a few copies to selling hundreds of copies. Those three options are my favourite for hardback and paperback books, although foiling on a paperback book is not very popular, it can make it stand out.

Proof Copies

A proof copy is a single book that is printed before your main run is printed. It will give you a chance to view your book in printed form and it is the last stage for you to make any changes. After the proof is approved your book printer will proceed to print the main run. If you need to make any changes to your proof copy then you may be able to do so but it may incur extra costs.

Run-on Prices

A run-on price is a price you will pay for any reprints of your book. It is normally significantly cheaper as you won’t have to incur the setup costs as your book would have been printed once before. You should be able to get run-on prices when you get your book printing quote.

Turnaround times

Turnaround times can vary massively between companies. Short-run digital printers can turnaround books in days whereas you could be looking up to months with larger printers. Make sure to ask about turnaround times before you have committed to a proof copy. If you have a book launch or pre-orders to be sent by a certain date then you need to make sure you will have copies in time.

Delivery Costs

Delivery for books can be quite deceiving. A single book on its own does not weigh much but having 100 copies of that book can be quite heavy. Especially if it is a novel with over 300 pages. And that is just for 100 copies, imagine printing 300, 500 or thousands. Most printing companies will have the option send via a courier or on a pallet. If you are getting your books delivered to make sure you can accept delivery of all your books. You could end up with a few pallets turning up at your door and no room to store them all.

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Book Printing Quote

In conclusion, this guide should have given you a good insight into the book printing process. If you are considering getting your book printed in the UK then I can suggest the companies below for a book printing quote.