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Paperback Book Printing

Paperback Book Printing

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Paperback book printing is also called perfect bound book printing or softcover book printing. It is very popular and binding costs cheap. The convenience of carrying is another advantage of the paperback book. This type of book is hugely popular in the book publishing market. It also has a faster production time if compared with the time taken to produce hardback books. If you choose us as your printing partner, you will be guaranteed the highest quality of softcover books. 

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We are an offset printer, not digital printer. Digital printers are known to print on demand. On the other hand, for offset printers, our B/W book printing MOQ is 500pcs. Our color book printing MOQ is 100pcs. With our many years of experience and quick turn-around production time, you can usually get your paperback books printed within a week.

Paperback Book Printing Costs

How much does it cost to print a paperback book? You may click the left online quote form to get your paperback book costs. The price charts below provide typical paperback book printing costs for your convenience.

 Paperback Book Printing Price Chart (8.5” x 11”)

Quantity 100pcs 500pcs 1000pcs 2000pcs 5000pcs 10000pcs
80pp + 4pp $661 $1040 $1330 $1947 $4143 $7925
128pp + 4pp $981 $1569 $2010 $2973 $6277 $12056
208pp + 4pp $1516 $2450 $3144 $4640 $9846 $18962
256pp + 4pp $1836 $2978 $3849 $5667 $11980 $23062
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • Cover: 250gsm/100lb matte art paper with matte lamination outside; interior: 105gsm/70lb matte art paper, full color printing.

Paperback book printing costs are the lowest book binding type. B/W paperback book costs or full-color book costs both are cost-effective. If you can design your book interior page count can be divided by 16, that would be the most effective cost.

Do not have enough knowledge regarding how to print a book? Let us know the exact details about how you would like your book to look and our experts will definitely help you figure out something brilliant. Besides printing paperback books, we also print coffee table books, comic books, and children’s books to name but a few. Meanwhile, printing catalogs, booklets are also part of our main business.  In the case that you need to print any product, feel free to contact us right now.

Standard Paperback Book Sizes

The standard paperback book size is 6″ x 9″, 8.5″ x 11″, 5.5″ x 8.5″.

Besides these standard book sizes, you also can choose the custom size. It depends on your book subject.

  • For a novel book, 5.5″ x 8.5″ and 6″ x 9″ are more.
  • Most of the educational books are 6″ x 9″ and 8.5″ x 11″.
  • Child’s book, 8.5″ x 8.5″ is more popular.
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Paper Options

We print all kinds of paperback books, including custom books, which have specific requirements to be met.

We provide services for coated paper covers and laminated covers, which will provide a special elegance and sheen to your softcover books. The coated paper cover variations include gloss art paper and matte art paper.

Apart from coated paper options, we also provide options for uncoated paper for printing covers and interiors. The uncoated paper versions for cover options are also known as offset paper or woodfree paper. In this case, the interior pages of your book are black and white; C1S paper is the best choice for your book cover.

For interior pages, which have color printing on the coated paper is a common choice. You can choose different types of paper for your book.

Paperback Book Sample Specifications

  • Book size: 8.5″ x 11″
  • Printing: Full color CMYK printing
  • Book cover paper: 250gsm gloss art paper
  • Cover surface: Gloss lamination
  • The first part: 105gsm gloss art paper
  • Page count: 64 pages
  • The second part: 80gsm offset paper
  • Page count: 400 pages
  • Binding: Perfect binding
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Custom Paperback Book Printing Services

We provide you with great suggestions regarding custom book paper in case you are a newbie in the book printing business. Allow us to assist you with tips and help and get you started on your book-printing journey. If you have chosen perfect bound or sewn and perfect bound techniques for binding your books, 3mm is the ideal spine thickness, which you must go forward with. If you choose a bound book spine, which is less than 3mm, there are high chances that your book spine might not look square, thereby posing a chance of ruining the entire feel of your printed book.

Apart from custom paper, you also can select a custom size for your book and custom cover surface for it as well. It is completely dependent on the requests, which you place. Meanwhile, we also accommodate other printing projects with quality printing services, which will help you perfect your printed book. Before you start doing the cover design for your book, we provide free printing file template, which will help you get a better picture of how your printed cover would look like. After you upload the artwork, we provide free artwork checking to guarantee the printing quality.

Custom Book Design Tips

Firstly, before you design the cover artwork, you need to know the spine thickness. Please contact our printing specialists, tell us your book size, interior page count, and paper type. We will calculate the spine thickness for you, helping you assort the important details at the very beginning. If you do not know how to proceed with designing the cover artwork, we will provide you a free cover template. You can also find more information regarding the printing process on our Printing Guide page.

Secondly, a 15mm margin for each interior page is what we advise. The page numbers are on the cutting side or in the middle. We recommend not keeping page numbers on the binding edge since they would be hard to see. 

Lastly, we are solely an offset printer and therefore, we do not provide an ISBN. If your book has a copyright, please apply the ISBN by yourself. The regular copyright page is on the inside of the front cover, or the second page of the interior pages, or on the last page. We will place the copyright page inside the book depending on the specific requests, which you make.

If the book has a copyright, the bar code is printed on the back cover. The bar code should be printed as a vector and should be in 100% black.


Paperback Book Printing and Binding Tips

Paperback books are also known as perfect bound books or softcover books. Most books are paperback binding because it is the most cost-efficient alternative available out there and has a quicker turnaround than hardcover books.

Paperback books can have sewn and glued perfect binding. If the book interior paper is 100gsm offset paper or 157gsm art paper, we also provide services for sewn perfect binding. If the interior paper is thinner, we provide services for glue perfect binding. Sewn perfect binding is stronger because each signature is connected to another with the help of stitches.

If the reader needs to write something down on the inside paper, selecting the uncoated paper option is the best choice. If the interior pages are for displaying shiny photos or colors, matte art paper and gloss art paper are best.

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