View Full Version : Offset Printers for Conventional Self-Publishing

09-01-2004, 04:30 AM
From A to Z. (Not an endorsement of any particular printer.)



10-07-2004, 12:06 AM
Thank you! Very helpful list!

I'm working with a printer now for my poetry chapbook. Their charge to print a book is MUCH cheaper than Kinko's! I'm so glad I took the initiative to decide to go with a printer instead. It's not that I'm being cheap or anything, but at a book that's only selling for $4, I'd like to have a better profit than just $1.50.

12-16-2004, 04:30 PM
Have you thought about selling your book for more than $4 or is that really what the market will bear for poetry books? It seems a shame given the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that can be involved in writing poetry.

Both my traditionally published books retailed for $14.95 and I will be selling this independently published book for the same. Granted, many more pages, I suspect.

Tom Nixon
The SmallPress Blog
www.smallpress.typepad.com (http://www.smallpress.typepad.com)

01-20-2005, 12:02 PM
Hi, Tom,

I set up a method for pricing the books. The book ended up being longer so of course the price went up (I sell it for $6 each but the site listing it has the book at $5.89). I'm okay with it; it's a small booklet, despite the number of pages.

I don't want my poetry books to be expensive. Part of the reason why I chose to self-publish them is to avoid inflated prices for the books. That's just me. :)

Here's the book: Topiary Dreams (http://projectpulp.com/item_detail.asp?bookID=-1848178283)


09-29-2005, 12:15 AM
....can someone tell me what an "offset" printer is? Thank you.

09-29-2005, 09:11 PM
Technical answer: They use ink and plates to print. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offset_printing

Practical answer: They're the best choice for actual print-runs (i.e., 100's or 1,000's all at once), due to economy of scale.

12-08-2005, 05:13 AM
The above answer is correct. There's a more extensive discussion of "regular" printing vs. digital here (http://olliedude.com/nano_home.htm).

02-28-2006, 02:58 AM
The above answer is correct. There's a more extensive discussion of "regular" printing vs. digital here (http://olliedude.com/nano_home.htm).

Speaking of offset printers, do any of them offer online price calculators? My google fu is turning up blank.

03-17-2006, 09:10 PM
Offset printing charges herein India for 80-100 page book will cost $500 for 200 copies. Shipping included to deliver the book. Front and back cover in color 300 GSM Innside pages 90 GSM. Request sample copy from me.

12-10-2010, 09:00 PM
For anyone interested, I used McNaughton & Gunn to print my self-published novel, and they did a great job for a great price. I shopped around, and they were the most reasonable.

FYI, if you self-publish, it is hard to be taken seriously and make sales with a low-quality product or POD. If you're going to do it, you should do it right. Anyway, that is both my humble opinion and my experience.