Printing Companies
  1. About Printing Industry
  2. Printing Services
  3. Print Buyers
  4. Printing Resources
  5. Classified Ads
  6. Printing Glossary
  7. Printing Newsletters
  8. Contact Print Industry
Who We Are

Printing Industry Exchange ( is pleased to have Steven Waxman writing and managing the Printing Industry Blog. As a printing consultant, Steven teaches corporations how to save money buying printing, brokers printing services, and teaches prepress techniques. Steven has been in the printing industry for thirty-three years working as a writer, editor, print buyer, photographer, graphic designer, art director, and production manager.

Need a Printing Quote from multiple printers? click here.

Are you a Printing Company interested in joining our service? click here.

The Printing Industry Exchange (PIE) staff are experienced individuals within the printing industry that are dedicated to helping and maintaining a high standard of ethics in this business. We are a privately owned company with principals in the business having a combined total of 103 years experience in the printing industry.

PIE's staff is here to help the print buyer find competitive pricing and the right printer to do their job, and also to help the printing companies increase their revenues by providing numerous leads they can quote on and potentially get new business.

This is a free service to the print buyer. All you do is find the appropriate bid request form, fill it out, and it is emailed out to the printing companies who do that type of printing work. The printers best qualified to do your job, will email you pricing and if you decide to print your job through one of these print vendors, you contact them directly.

We have kept the PIE system simple -- we get a monthly fee from the commercial printers who belong to our service. Once the bid request is submitted, all interactions are between the print buyers and the printers.

We are here to help, you can contact us by email at

Short Run Book Printing: Add a CD in a Box or Sleeve

A commercial printing client of mine wants to produce 50 or 100 copies of a 352-page family history book. For those beyond the family who don’t want to pay the somewhat expensive unit-cost for such a short press run (approximately $70.00 per copy), my client wants to provide a CD of the book.

I just received prices for this component of the job. The CD ranges from about $4.00 to $5.00 for a 50-copy to 150-copy press run, and the accompanying 4-page booklet ranges from $2.70 to $4.20 for the same number of copies, including assembly of the job.

Since it is such an inexpensive portion of the entire project, I wanted to suggest that you give thought to adding a CD when you produce a print book.

Things to Consider When Adding a CD to Your Print Book

  1. A CD duplication run involves several components. First you will need a PDF of the print book. It need not be as high resolution as the press-ready PDF from which your custom printing supplier will produce the hard copy of the job. In fact, a 72dpi copy (a copy optimized for screen viewing) will suffice. This is your master copy.
  2. Consider whether you will need CD duplication or DVD duplication. Your commercial printing vendor can tell you. It will be based on the amount of data you will need to save on the disc. Unless you are adding multimedia capabilities (such as sound or video), I would think that a CD would suffice (700 MB of data), particularly since you will be saving a lower resolution version of the InDesign print book file as your master PDF file.
  3. Will you want to insert the CD into a sleeve attached to the interior back cover? If you can’t immediately picture this, look at computer books in a bookstore. Many of these include a CD of the book in a plastic sleeve attached to the inside back cover.
  4. Or will you want to insert the CD into a plastic jewel case? If so, you might want to print an additional 4-page slip sheet describing the CD. This may be helpful, since a CD in a jewel case will travel separately from the book, unlike the plastic sleeve that’s actually attached to the book.
  5. If you produce a booklet to go in the jewel case, here are some starting points. You might want to use a 100# gloss text sheet, print it via offset or digital technology, with bleeds, and have it folded into a four-page, 5” x 5” print book.
  6. Make sure your custom printing supplier includes a label on the CD. My personal preference would be for the printer to inkjet the label directly onto the plastic CD. This way it won’t come off and get stuck in your optical drive.
  7. Make sure that if you go ahead and order the CD, jewel case, and print booklet, your custom printing supplier includes the cost of assembly (affixing the label to the CD and then inserting the CDs and booklets into the jewel cases).
  8. Consider how many copies you will need. In the case of my client, the options will be 50, 100, or 150 copies, all of which would necessitate printing the CD booklet digitally. If you have a longer press run, you may want to explore offset printing the booklet.

Benefits of Adding a CD to Your Book

If you include a CD with your print book you will provide the reader with a number of benefits.

  1. Readers who get both the print book and the CD will have two ways to access the “content.” Some people prefer ink on paper and like to read a book from cover to cover. Others will benefit from the “search” or “find” functions available on PDFs. Those researching specific topics in your book can jump from one reference point to another quickly in this way. Then they can either read the pages on their computer or print them out on a laser printer. Of course, they can also email the PDF to their tablet computer.
  2. Beyond the “search” function and the ability to read the content on paper or online, a CD will increase the value of your print book project if you choose to add hyperlinks to additional media. This will probably require a larger storage medium (a DVD rather than a CD). If you include additional text resources, photos, interviews (MP3 audio only or sound plus video), you will provide a multifaceted learning experience. Your print book combined with additional text, sound, photos, and video will give your readers many more ways to experience and learn from the content you are providing. And this added value can be reflected in the price you charge.

Comments are closed.


Recent Posts


Read and subscribe to our newsletter!

Printing Services include all print categories listed below & more!
4-color Catalogs
Affordable Brochures: Pricing
Affordable Flyers
Book Binding Types and Printing Services
Book Print Services
Booklet, Catalog, Window Envelopes
Brochures: Promotional, Marketing
Bumper Stickers
Business Cards
Business Stationery and Envelopes
Catalog Printers
Cheap Brochures
Color, B&W Catalogs
Color Brochure Printers
Color Postcards
Commercial Book Printers
Commercial Catalog Printing
Custom Decals
Custom Labels
Custom Posters Printers
Custom Stickers, Product Labels
Custom T-shirt Prices
Decals, Labels, Stickers: Vinyl, Clear
Digital, On-Demand Books Prices
Digital Poster, Large Format Prints
Discount Brochures, Flyers Vendors
Envelope Printers, Manufacturers
Label, Sticker, Decal Companies
Letterhead, Stationary, Stationery
Magazine Publication Quotes
Monthly Newsletter Pricing
Newsletter, Flyer Printers
Newspaper Printing, Tabloid Printers
Online Book Price Quotes
Paperback Book Printers
Postcard Printers
Post Card Mailing Service
Postcards, Rackcards
Postcard Printers & Mailing Services
Post Card Direct Mail Service
Poster, Large Format Projects
Posters (Maps, Events, Conferences)
Print Custom TShirts
Screen Print Cards, Shirts
Shortrun Book Printers
Tabloid, Newsprint, Newspapers
T-shirts: Custom Printed Shirts
Tshirt Screen Printers
Printing Industry Exchange, LLC, P.O. Box 394, Bluffton, SC 29910
©2019 Printing Industry Exchange, LLC - All rights reserved