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5 Considerations to Make When Choosing Printing and Binding Services

Some people imagine that all book printing and binding services are the same. When they want their book to be printed, they will simply call the first number for printing services and hire them. This is the wrong approach and it can affect the sale of the book. To choose the right company to do your printing and binding, here are some considerations to make.

Aesthetics Matter

Not every company that provides book printing and binding services can produce visually stunning work. The cover of the book in particular matters a lot. Think of the people you want to buy the book. Will they be comfortable holding a book that is not beautiful?

You need to seek out a printing company that will deliver quality work, right from the cover of the book to the pages inside. Quality should also be visible in the type of printing paper that is used.

How Long Will it Take?

So many factors can determine how long the printing and binding will take. Some printing companies have fast machines and staff so they can guarantee you that the work will be done in under 24 hours.

The best printing companies will not exceed 72 hours even for books with hundreds of pages. If you are in a hurry o have the book printed and bound, you need to find out from the service provider how long it will take them to complete the task.

How Efficient is Customer Service?

Like any other business, a printing company needs to have customer support. Right from the time you are searching for a service provider, you need to be certain that the company can respond to your questions and provide satisfactory answers. Find out what means of communication they use. Do they answer the phone when it rings? Do they respond to emails within a short time? Does the website have FAQs that would give immediate answers to simple questions like how long printing and binding take?

Try to make an order on phone or email and see how long it will take for the order to be confirmed and that will let you know how fast and efficient they are.

The Pricing Needs to be Justified

Pricing is key in determining just about every service. You need to find out what the common price for printing and binding is. If the service provider you contact is offering a price that is not within the average range, then consider finding another one. If the price is much higher than the rest, find out why that is and consider if that is justified. If it is very low, find out if it is a promotional price and if it isn’t, there is likely to be a negative reason for that.


Many people will say they prefer eBooks to hardcopies because hardcopies can fall apart. That is not entirely true. It mainly depends on the workmanship. Books that have been put together using quality material and expert workmanship can last long if they are not mistreated.

In Conclusion

Most of the considerations can be confirmed by asking other people for recommendations. It will make finding the service much faster. You can also add your own considerations to the vetting process.

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