INTERESTING
IDEAS MAKE
GREAT BOOKS.

BRING YOURS TO LIFE FOR LESS
THAN YOU’D EXPECT.

Fast and efficient printing at prices you can afford! If you have a story to tell, we can help you get it out and about.

PRINT AS FEW AS 10 COPIES OR AS MANY AS YOU LIKE

We’re professional printers and bookbinders. You can expect the same standard and quality for your book that you would find in your favourite bookstore.

PAPERBACK BOOK SIZES

Choose the best size for your project

1

198 x 130mm

2

234 x 153mm

3

240 x 170mm

PRICING
CALCULATOR

PAGES

PAGES

From 40 to
500 pages

Must be an even number

COPIES

COPIES

Minimum
10 copies

CALCULATE

Pricing becomes more economical from 25 books

PRICING PER PAPERBACK BOOK

Pricing includes VAT

1

198 x 130mm

2

234 x 153mm

3

240 x 170mm

TEXT PAPER
CREAM R71.18 R78.23 R78.23
WHITE R69.74 R76.27 R76.27

The contrast between cream paper and black text is much more comfortable on the eye.

Covers are full colour on the outside, blank on the inside. Text pages are printed in 1 colour black throughout.

COUNTING PAGES

‘Page’ in this instance means one side of each piece of paper. Or think of it as “How long is my book – how many pages have I written?”. When counting pages, factor in title, contents, dedication, index, credit, glossary and blank pages in the count. In book production, even blank pages are included in the count.

PREPARING
YOUR PAGES

A guide to format your manuscript in a way that can be printed

READ MORE

DESIGNING
YOUR COVER

Download our free software or templates to prepare your cover design. Or we can introduce you to a designer.

READ MORE

ISBN

We have it covered.

READ MORE

PREPARING YOUR PAGES FOR PRINT

This area is all about supplying us with a correctly prepared pdf file at the correct size for the book you’ve chosen.

WORKING IN WORD

You can work and format in Word, then save as a pdf and submit for print. There are, a few very important steps required though and the sequence of doing things matters a great deal. Download our guide below.

WORD TO PDF

SUBMITTING YOUR PDF

Once you have a correct pdf, make sure you have the correct settings for your book size.

We cannot stress the importance of a final proof read before submitting your pdf. Any niggles in the pdf will be niggles in the printed job.

UPLOAD YOUR PDF

TIPS

  • Make sure your pdf has an even number of pages
  • The steps in our guides are important
  • We’ve included some helpful tips and tricks for self-publishing below
SELF PUBLISH

PREPARING YOUR COVER FOR PRINT

SPINE THICKNESS

Your book pages need to fit into their cover. Artwork files for the cover will include the spine at a specific width. While you can design your cover at any stage, the print files should only be finalised once you are certain of your final page count.

Number of pages and paper choice affect the spine thickness. Use our calculator to work out the spine thickness of your book.

SPINE CALCULATOR

PAGE COUNT

From 40 to
500 pages

Must be an even number

SPINE THICKNESS IN MM

CREAM

20

WHITE

15
mm

COUNTING PAGES

Page count means the number of page faces, or numbered pages.... or how many pages have I written? Include all pages in the count – blank, acknowledgement, title, contents, index, glossary and any other.

PAPER CHOICE AND SPINE THICKNESS

The cream paper ‘bulks’ more than the white paper does. So even with the same page count, a book with cream pages will have a thicker spine than a book with white pages.

DESIGNING YOUR COVER

There are a few ways to tackle this stage.

Use our software to design your cover click here.

Prepare your artwork using the software of your choice – so long as it will allow you to prepare a print ready pdf file.

Brief a professional designer to prepare cover artwork for you. We can introduce you to a designer if you prefer.

SUBMITTING COVER
ARTWORK

Submit your cover as a single page pdf – back cover on the left, spine in the middle and front cover on the right with 5mm of bleed all around.

Make sure all dimensions are correct, proof it carefully one last time and then upload it below.

COVERS ARE PRINTED ONE
SIDE ONLY

UPLOAD YOUR PDF

COVER TEMPLATE
AND GUIDES

COVER GUIDELINES

ISBN

INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER

This is a number that uniquely identifies any published book. It cannot be removed but you can replace it with your own ISBN if you already have one.

All our paperback books include an ISBN number on the back cover. We take care of everything to do with this process for you. There is no additional charge for this service.

Please leave room in your artwork for us to add in the ISBN. A white rectangle on the back cover of around 30 x 50mm is sufficient.

Make sure all dimensions are correct, proof it carefully one last time and then upload it.

TEXT PAGES

CREAM VS WHITE

Text pages are printed in one colour black throughout. Many people regard the reduced contrast between black print and cream paper as more restful for the eye, especially when reading for longer periods.

CREAM TEXT PAGES

WHITE TEXT PAGES

With great quality print, great detail is still possible in single colour illustrations and black and white photographs.