Activity Book Printing

High quality activity book printing services
Activity book printing
Activity Book Printing Service
Custom activity book
Custom printed activity books
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Custom printed activity books
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Activity books are stimulating, educational, and fun. They can also be used with any age group from tiny toddlers to teens and adults. Here’s everything you need to know about printing activity books

“Activity books help children develop habits that will assist them learn more effectively.”

–Dr Lynn Gatto, Director, New Path Learning

Activity books are lots of fun and engage young minds is multisensory learning experiences that have been shown to improve cognitive skills, concentration, motor skills, and memory; enhancing learning through activities, reading, writing, solving puzzles, and more.

At QinPrinting, we are committed to helping our activity book authors and illustrators to print the best, most entertaining, and effective activity books possible. 25 years and more of success in the industry; an expert, caring team; state-of-the-art technology; and unrivaled customer service make us the first choice for your activity book printing needs.

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Quantity
We are an offset printer, rather than a digital or print-on-demand service, so we must impose a minimum order quantity (MOQ). We’ve set ours as low as possible, at 100 units. But with offset printing, the higher the quantity you order in a single print run, the lower the cost-per-unit.
Size
Choose preset dimensions from the dropdown menu or click “CUSTOM SIZE” to enter your own custom dimensions.
Please use the format, width x height;

size

so, 5.5" x 8.5" would mean 5.5" wide and 8.5" high. The possible size range is 3.74" to 11.69" in width or height, allowing for portrait or landscape orientation.
Cover
The cover is composed of four pages. They are the front cover, the inside front cover, the inside back cover, and the back cover.
Cover Paper
If you need special paper not shown in the dropdown menu, please contact us.

1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Cover Paper

Lamination
We laminate only the outside of the cover.
Surface
We offer a comprehensive selection of special surface finishes which we can apply to most covers, with a few limitations. For example, spot UV can only be applied to matte laminated and soft-touch laminated covers.
These options are only suitable for gold or silver foil stamping up to a 5.9" x 1.18" area; and embossing, debossing, or spot UV up to a 7.87" x 1.96" area. If the special finish area you need is larger than this, please contact us to get a quote.
Besides gold and silver foil, we can foil stamp designs in a range of colors. If you need a special color foil stamp or have specific surface requests, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
Inner
Page Count
One sheet of paper is equal to two pages.

page-sheet

page-sheet

 

The total page count is a multiple of 4. When printing and binding your book, we fold sheets into “signatures”.
If your book is larger, say, 8.5" x 11" or A4 size, one signature will have 16 pages. So, the inner page amount should be divisible by 16. Making your page counts match signatures is the most economical solution.
Inner Paper
Please select your paper choice for your internal pages from the dropdown menu. If you have a special request not listed here, get in touch. We’ll do everything possible to satisfy your needs.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Binding
If your book has 48 pages or fewer, we recommend saddle stich as your binding option.
If you have more pages and choose fairly thin paper, such as 80 gsm /54 lb or 105 gsm / 71 lb text paper, we recommend perfect binding.
If your book has heavier interior paper or the page count exceeds 200 pages, sewn perfect binding will be your best choice.
Wire-O and spiral binding are other options and both of them open flat.
perfect binding
sewn perfect binding
wire-o binding
saddle stitch binding
spiral binding
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Quantity
We are an offset printer, rather than a digital or print-on-demand service, so we must impose a minimum order quantity (MOQ). We’ve set ours as low as possible, at 100 units. But with offset printing, the higher the quantity you order in a single print run, the lower the cost-per-unit.
Size
Choose preset dimensions from the dropdown menu or click “CUSTOM SIZE” to enter your own custom dimensions.
Please use the format, width x height;
size
so, 5.5" x 8.5" would mean 5.5" wide and 8.5" high.
The possible size range is 3.74" to 11.69" in width or height, allowing for portrait or landscape orientation.
Cover
A hardcover book’s cover is printed on one side only; the outer-facing side. The inside front cover and inside back cover are glued to the end sheets.
Cover Paper
As standard, we wrap the grayboard casing in 157 gsm / 58 lb cover paper. If you need a special material or a solid color paper for the cover, please contact us first to discuss your options.
157 gsm

157 gsm ≈ 58.0 lb Cover Paper

Grey Board Thickness
Lamination
We laminate only the outside of the cover as the inside is glued to the end sheets.
Surface

We offer a comprehensive selection of special surface finishes which we can apply to most covers, with a few limitations. For example, spot UV can only be applied to matte laminated and soft-touch laminated covers.

These options are only suitable for gold or silver foil stamping up to a 5.9" x 1.18" area; and embossing, debossing, or spot UV up to a 7.87" x 1.96" area. If the special finish area you need is larger than this, please contact us to get a quote.

Besides gold and silver foil, we can foil stamp designs in a range of colors. If you need a special color foil stamp or have specific surface requests, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
End sheet
The end sheets connect the hardcover casing and the interior pages when binding the book. So, there are two end sheets, one at the front and one at the back and both glued to the grayboard cover.
blank end sheet option
color end sheet option
End Sheet Paper
If your book size is 8.5" x 11" or less with an interior page count of fewer than 320 pages, then a good option for the end sheets is 140 gsm / 95 lb offset paper.
If your book size is larger than 8.5" x 11", then 170 gsm / 115 lb offset paper would be better.
If your end sheets will be printed and your book’s interior uses gloss or matte art paper—say, for an art book or coffee table book—to make sure the colors match well, use 157gsm / 58 lb gloss or matte art paper for your end sheets.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Inner
Page Count
One sheet of paper is equal to two pages.
page-sheet
page-sheet
 
The total page count is a multiple of 4. When printing and binding your book, we fold sheets into “signatures”.
If your book is larger, say, 8.5" x 11" or A4 size, one signature will have 16 pages. So, the inner page amount should be divisible by 16. Making your page counts match signatures is the most economical solution.
The maximum page count for a hardback book is 800 pages. If your book is more than 800 pages, please contact us for a tailor-made quote.
Inner Paper
Please select your paper choice for your internal pages from the dropdown menu. If you have a special request not listed here, get in touch. We’ll do everything possible to satisfy your needs.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Binding
We use high-quality sewn hardcover binding which gives a “square” printable spine.
Sewing and hardcover
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What Are Activity Books?

Typically intended for kids, activity books contain interactive content like games, competitions, brainteasers, puzzles, quizzes, coloring pages, as well as other design features that necessitate writing, coloring, or doodling in the publication itself. They’re fun and exciting but also help with children’s psychological, emotional, and motor development.

But they’re not only for children. Lots of adults enjoy them, too, and they can be especially useful in helping older kids and students to revise and interact in more meaningful and memorable ways with the subjects they’re studying.

At QinPrinting we collaborate with educational and health institutions, commercial publishers, and independent creatives to provide world-class kids activity book printing and student activity book printing services. Our expertise and experience, coupled with state-of-the-art technology and unparalleled customer care, mean that you’ll get a first-class product every time.

What Are Activity Books?

Velcro Activity Book

Activity Book Printing Prices

The price of your activity book will be influenced by several factors, including the side, format, paper choices, page number, how many copies you need, binding style, and more. If your book has fewer than 48 pages, we’d recommend saddle stitch binding. If it has more than that, perfect binding would be better. To get a precise quote for your specific project, just talk to us. In the meantime, you can get a ballpark idea by checking out the general pricing charts below.

Softcover Activity Book Printing Price Chart (8.5” x 11”)

All prices listed in USD

Quantity 100pcs 500pcs 1000pcs 2000pcs 5000pcs 10000pcs
Page count
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
16pp + 4pp
$2.09
$209
$0.58
$290
$0.36
$358
$0.27
$531
$0.22
$1,094
$0.20
$1,990
24pp + 4pp
$2.66
$266
$0.74
$369
$0.47
$471
$0.34
$688
$0.28
$1,416
$0.25
$2,533
32pp + 4pp
$3.10
$310
$0.87
$435
$0.55
$549
$0.41
$816
$0.34
$1,696
$0.31
$3,103
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • Cover: 250 gsm / 92 lb coated cover paper with matte lamination
  • Interior: 100 gsm / 67 lb uncoated text paper
  • Saddle stitch
  • Cover and inner: full color printing

Activity Book Sizes

The most popular activity book sizes are

  • 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • 8.5″ x 11″

But you’re not limited to these options. If you’d like to customize the size of your activity book—and for certain markets “jumbo” size activity books can be very popular, too—that’s fine. We’ll be happy to advise you about the practical and technical requirements if you’d like a non-standard size for your book.

Activity Book Paper Choices

Most activity books—whether for children, students, or adults—will need two types of paper; one for the interior pages and one for the cover. Paper can be gloss or matte coated, uncoated, and finished with varnish, lamination, or left in a natural state. In most cases, for activity books which need to be drawn or written in, uncoated offset paper is the best option.

Interior Paper Options

Cover Paper Options

Binding Styles for Activity Books

Several binding styles are suitable for activity books and which you choose will depend on your needs. These are the most popular options: 

Saddle stitch binding—also called “stapled binding”—is one of the simplest and most economical binding methods. When saddle stitching, we collect and collate the page signatures, cut, fold, and insert them one inside the other before stapling them together down the central crease. In most cases, we use two wire staples which we insert from the outer edge and crimp securely on the inside.

Perfect binding—with perfect binding, we print, cut, and collate the interior pages into a “block” and fix them with EVA hot melt adhesive—which allows structural adhesive bonding capacity while keeping flexibility. Once we’ve made the block, we glue it into the cover sheet. The cover is a thicker printed sheet with gloss or matte coating or laminated. Finally, we trim the cover and the pages on a super-sharp cutting machine, which makes them align “perfectly”, giving the technique its name and the book a neat, professional finish.

Wire-O binding—also called double wire binding or twin loop binding, in wire-o binding we use a double wire coil to bind all the interior pages and cover of your book by twisting and crimping it through pre-drilled holes aligned down the binding side of the pages.

Spiral binding—sometimes called coil binding. With this binding method, we perforate the pages by drilling holes down one side and then bind them together using a colored plastic coil twisted through the holes and crimped at the ends to keep it secure. Individual pages are not attached to each other, but they are all attached to the spiral coil. We can also add cover sheets or even soft vinyl covers to complete the binding.

Activity Book Artwork and Design Tips

The quality of your artwork reproduction is always important, but never more so than when printing an activity book. Whether your activity book is for children or for adults, you want your artwork to “leap off the page” into the reader’s imagination. With that in mind, here are a few useful tips to help you when you’re preparing your files for the printer.

PDF

Export your files as vectors in PDF format for the best results. Our recommended software options are Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator. These will also allow you to convert your color space from RGB to CMYK which you will need to do for offset printing.

300dpi

If you can’t deliver vectors — say, if you’re exporting bitmaps from Photoshop — then make sure the resolution is 300 DPI. With vectors, you needn’t worry about resolution, but all other images must have a high definition to tolerate resizing without becoming fuzzy and “pixilated”

3 mm bleed zone

You’ll need to add a “bleed zone” of 3 mm around all your pages. A bleed is an extended zone at the periphery of your artwork, which falls outside the area that your final page will cover. Once your pages are printed, we’ll cut them to the exact size needed for your comic book format. This “bit extra” gets cut off and makes sure that the final image fills the page with none of it being lost. 

trim line 10mm

Inside your bleed zone, don’t forget to mark the “trim lines”. These should be green and will define the final dimensions of the finished page. Make sure that any necessary elements of your images stop at least 10 mm short of the trim line.

Activity book 15 mm margin

Also, as your pages are meant for writing or coloring, we recommend you make each interior page with a 15 mm (about half an inch) inner margin and keep all coloring images or writing activities within that limit. Otherwise, the area near the spine may not be easily accessible for coloring and writing in.

spiral bound margin

If you choose a spiral bound activity book, leave an added margin of at least 15 mm on the edge that we’ll bind the book to allow for the holes.

If you’re working with a professional designer to create your files, they should understand what’s needed to make everything “print ready”. But if you’re working with design software yourself for the first time, these are the vital tips to remember before you submit your files. Still, our team of experts will always manually check all your files before we go to press. If we find any issues, we’ll let you know and help you resolve them. With QinPrinting, we won’t print your activity book until we’re sure we’ll get a perfect result.

Talk to Us!

If you’re keen to print a beautiful, high-quality activity book — and personal customer service matters to you as much as a world-class product — then we should talk. Get in touch today to chat through your needs or to ask for a no-obligation quote. We can’t wait to help you make the activity book of your dreams!

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