How Much Does it Cost to Print a Book?

One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to self-publishing is how much does it actually cost to print a book. After all, if your goal is to generate a profit from selling your own book, you’ll need to know upfront what it’s going to cost to produce, so you can set your retail price accordingly. The answer is … it depends!

A number of different factors influence the cost of printing a book including:

  1. Your book’s format
  2. The number of pages your book has
  3. The type of paper you use
  4. The style of cover you choose

If you already know your book’s format, page count, paper type, and cover style, you can use our Pricing Calculator to see how much it will cost to print one copy of your book. If on the other hand, you’re still weighing up your books design, read on to find out how each option will affect the cost of printing your book, and where you might be able to make some savings.

Blurb offers three different print formats; Photo Books, Trade Books, and Magazines. Each has its own unique features and design options and attracts a different book printing cost. Let’s take each one in turn:

Photo Books

Perfect for family albums, wedding books, cookbooks, individual and business portfolios, travel books, and yearbooks.

The table below shows how the choice of trim size, paper type, and cover affect the cost of printing one Photo Book. These prices are based on a page count of 20. To see how adding more pages affects the cost of printing your photo book, use our Pricing Calculator.

Small Square
7×7 in
(18×18 cm)
Standard Portrait
8×10 in
(20×25 cm)
Standard Landscape
10×8 in
(25×20 cm)
Large Square
12×12 in
(30×30 cm)
Large Landscape
13×11 in
(33×28 cm)
Standard Paper, 80# Semi Matte (118 GSM)
Softcover

US $14.99

US $21.99 US $21.99 Unavailable

Unavailable

Dust Jacket, Hardcover

US $28.99

US $33.99 US $33.99 US $55.99

US $58.99

ImageWrap, Hardcover

US $29.99

US $36.99 US $36.99 US $58.99

US $61.99

Premium Paper, Lustre or Matte, 100# Premium Lustre Gloss or Premium Matte (148 GSM)
Softcover

US $19.99

US $24.99 US $24.99 Unavailable

Unavailable

Dust Jacket, Hardcover
US $31.99 US $39.99 US $39.99 US $61.99

US $64.99

ImageWrap, Hardcover

US $32.99

US $40.99 US $40.99 US $64.99

US $67.99

ProLine Uncoated Paper, 100# Mohawk Superfine Uncoated (148 GSM)
Softcover

US $22.99

US $29.99 US $29.99 Unavailable

Unavailable

Dust Jacket, Hardcover

US $38.99

US $45.99 US $45.99 US $73.99

US $76.99

ImageWrap, Hardcover

US $40.99

US $47.99 US $47.99 US $76.99

US $79.99

ProLine Pearl Photo Paper, 140# Mohawk Photo Gloss (190 GSM)
Softcover

US $24.99

US $32.99 US $32.99 Unavailable

Unavailable

Dust Jacket, Hardcover

US $42.99

US $50.99 US $50.99 US $81.99

US $84.99

ImageWrap, Hardcover

US $44.99

US $52.99 US $52.99 US $84.99

US $87.99

Standard Layflat Paper, 100# Double Thick (148 GSM)
ImageWrap, Hardcover

US $49.99

US $59.99 US $59.99 US $94.99

US $99.99

Trade Books

Perfect for novels, poetry books, creative non-fiction books, notebooks, journals, and memoirs.

Trade Books are our most affordable format, offering professional quality printing at a price you can sell.

The table below shows how the choice of trim size, paper type, and cover affects the cost of printing one Trade Book. These costs are based on a page count of 24. To see how adding more pages affects the cost of printing your Trade Book, use our Pricing Calculator.

5×8 in
(13×20 cm)
6×9 in
(15×23 cm)
8×10 in
(20×25 cm)
Economy B&W Printing, 50# White Uncoated (75 GSM) or 50# Cream Uncoated (80 GSM)
Softcover

US $2.99

US $2.99

US $3.99

Dust Jacket, Hardcover

US $14.99

US $14.99

Unavailable

ImageWrap, Hardcover

US $12.99

US $12.99

Unavailable

Standard B&W Printing, 50# White Uncoated Text Paper (75 GSM)
Softcover

US $4.99

US $4.99

US $5.99

Dust Jacket, Hardcover

Unavailable

US $18.99

Unavailable

ImageWrap, Hardcover

US $17.99

US $17.99

US $19.99

Economy Color Printing, 70# White Uncoated (105 GSM)
Softcover

US $3.99

US $3.99

US $4.99

Dust Jacket, Hardcover

US $15.99

US $15.99

Unavailable

ImageWrap, Hardcover

US $13.99

US $13.99

US $14.99

Standard Color Printing, 70# White Uncoated (105 GSM)
Softcover

US $6.99

US $7.99

US $8.99

Dust Jacket, Hardcover

US $20.99

US $21.99

Unavailable

ImageWrap, Hardcover

US $19.99

US $20.99

US $22.99

Magazines

Perfect for serial content, portable portfolios, and how to guides.

The table below shows how the choice of paper type affects the cost of printing one Magazine. These prices are based on a page count of 24. To see how adding more pages affects the cost of printing your magazine, use our Pricing Calculator.

Economy Magazine
8.5×11 in (22×28 cm)
Premium Magazine
8.5×11 in (22×28 cm)
US $4.59

US $6.79

 How to keep your book printing costs down

The prices in the tables above reflect the cost of printing one book or magazine at a time or the cost of printing on demand. If you’re looking to keep costs down to boost your profit margin, you might want to consider printing more than one copy at a time.

Blurb offers a ‘volume discount’ on the cost of printing 10 copies or more. See the table below for details of the discount by format.

Photo Books
1-9 books – Base Price 10-19 books – 30% discount 20+ books – 40% discount N/A
Trade Books
1-9 books – Base Price 10-19 books – 10% discount 20-49 books – 20% discount

50+ books – 25% discount

Magazines
1-9 books – Base Price 10-19 books – 10% discount 20-49 books – 20% discount

50+ books – 25% discount


In addition, if you’re placing a high-volume order, you might want to consider offset book printing. Unlike digital printing, the more traditional method of offset printing becomes much more cost-effective as the number of copies you order goes up.

If you’re ordering 100+ copies of your book, talk to Blurb’s Large Order Services team. They’ll be able to help you find the most cost-effective printing solution for your particular book, helping you to keep costs down and your profit margin up.

 

Ready to get started on your book? Our free desktop software, BookWright can help. Learn more today!

 

 

 

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