How Much Does It Cost to Print a Magazine

Printing a magazine takes more than one can imagine. You need to have good content, quality write-ups, a reliable printing press, and a budget.

Like anything else in the world, the first thing that you need to sort out is the budget. You need to figure out the exact amount of money that you require printing a magazine. That is why many times, you are confused as to what does it exactly cost?

Here is a comprehensive write up that will help you get an idea.

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Magazine Printing Price Chart

Saddle Stitch Magazine Printing and Binding Prices

    • Magazine size: 8.5″ x 11″
    • Printing: full-color printing
    • Cover: 250gsm gloss or matte art paper with gloss or matte lamination outside
    • Interior: 128gsm gloss art paper or matte art paper
    • Binding: Saddle stitch
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100 200 500 800 1000 2000 3000 5000
Prices Updated on September 7, 2022 (The price doesn’t include shipping costs.

Perfect Binding Magazine Printing and Binding Prices

    • Magazine size: 8.5″ x 11″
    • Printing: Full-color printing
    • Cover: 250gsm art paper with gloss lamination or matte lamination
    • Interior: 128gsm art paper,
    • Binding: Perfect binding.
Quantity /

Page count
100 200 500 800 1000 2000 3000 5000
Prices Updated on September 7, 2022 (The price doesn’t include shipping costs.

The Factors Affect Magazine Printing Price

When it comes down to printing a magazine, there are a lot of associated costs that come along. As a publisher, you should be familiar with all the costs that add to the expanses of publishing a magazine, or you could be taken unnecessary advantage of. It is essential to make sure that you are securing a good deal with your printer.

Here are some tips on how you can save money on printing a magazine. We list the factors that make-up to the cost of printing a magazine.

Ultimate Trim Size

The final trim size is the size of your magazine that is left after being trimmed. Choosing the standard magazine size is the most economical. The standard magazine size is 8.5″ x 11″, 210x297mm, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 148x210mm.

However, several times a layman is confused between the proportions and the magazine size. Magazine size is denoted by dimensions, which is referred to by “width x height”. For the portrait mode, the height is generally the longer standing size and the width is the sitting shorter one. For landscape magazine, the width is the longer side and the height is the shorter one.

Page Count

One of the most important factors while calculating the printing costs is the page count. For example, if you have an 8.5” x 11” magazine size, you want to get offset printing, and one signature is 16 pages. So the magazine page count will be divided by 16, which is the most inexpensive option. Other options are dividing by 8 and 4 for this size. Other than that, if your magazine is 5.5” by 8.5”, then the most economical option is that the page count can be divided by 32, then 16, 8, and 4. For example, the interior page count is 32 pages, 64 pages, 96 pages.

From the two instances, you can understand that the page count is divided by multiples of 4. This is called the binding request. If the page number is not a multiple of 4, then it is impossible to bind a magazine.

We also have an additional tip for you; each sheet is regarded as 2 pages. Therefore, you must be able to distinguish between sheet count and page count. This will be a huge game-changer in terms of pricing.

The total page count is the number of sheets that you will send for publishing, including the covers. Do not confuse it with page spread or sheet numbers. Also, communicate it clearly to your publisher or printer to avoid any misunderstandings.

You can also tell your publisher in the 4+ way. This means that for 64 pages, you will say 60+4 pages.


The most important part of any magazine is the paper. A good quality paper can make your entire brand. Therefore, you need to consider the weight and stock while ordering the stock.

You can either use the same paper for both the insides and the cover or you can go for different varieties. The cover can be thicker while the other pages can be more light but sturdy.

Paper Stock

Usually, there are three types of papers to choose from for your magazine printer, such as:

    • Gloss art paper – Most of the papers printed nowadays are printed on the glossy paper. The shiny papers you see in magazines are the gloss papers that are coated to enhance their shine and seem as more lustrous. If you want your colors on the magazine papers to pop, you may go for gloss art
    • Matte art paper – Matte paper is the coated paper. This paper is the one which flat-looking and non-glossy. This one is a smooth paper that is less glossy.
    • Offset paper – Also called wood-free paper. The offset paper is uncoated. It is good for writing and coloring on it. It looks natural.

Besides the paper types, it also has many different weights of the paper. For gloss art paper, we have 80gsm, 105gsm, 128gsm, 157gsm, 200gsm, 250gsm, 300gsm, and 350gsm gloss art paper. For matte art paper, they are the same as gloss art paper except 350gsm. The offset paperweight includes 80gsm, 100gsm, 120gsm, 140gsm, 190gsm, 250gsm, and more.

In common, the magazine cover is a thicker paper and the interior is thinner paper. You also can choose a self-cover magazine. That means the cover and interior are the same paper.


Quantity also plays a vital role. We are an offset printer, which means that as you increase the number of copies, the price will go down.

Let’s say, you want to print 5000 copies, here you will get an amazing price. However, if you go even higher, then you can most definitely get a better deal.

Magazine Binding Style

There are two most popular binding styles called the saddle stitch and the perfect binding. The saddle is you go to for magazine with less than 48 pages.

However, as the number of pages goes up, this option won’t be of much good to you. Here you need the perfect binding. It is a little bit more expensive than the first option, but it is much more durable for a larger set of pages.

Magazine Surface Coatings

The type of covering you want in your magazine is called the coating. Amongst all, the most common coatings are matte lamination, gloss lamination, and varnish. Besides coating, you also can do foil stamping, emboss and spot UV, etc on the magazine cover surface. These special processes can make your magazine stand out in the market.


Shipping is the last cost that you will come face to face in the process of publishing a magazine. We are in Shanghai China. We will do shipment according to the total magazine weight. If the magazine total weight is less than 200kg, the air shipment is economical. If the total weight is more than 200kg, the sea shipment is good.

Meanwhile, you need to think of each magazine weight to calculate the mailing fee in local. Before you print, you may ask your printer to estimate each magazine weight.


To summarize, the printing of a magazine is dependent on several factors, including print size, page count, paper, quality, shipping, surface coating, and binding style. You can get magazine printing price idea from our price charts.  To get an estimate you can always contact us. We will be more than happy to hear from you!

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