How Much Does It Cost to Make & Print a Book?

If you’re about to make your own book or print magazine, it helps to understand all the options and extras available to you.

For a broad look at our product range and customization options and what you can get for your money, read on.

Page Counts

There are several things to consider when estimating page counts to cost your book. If you plan to include a good number of images, an obvious start is to visualize how many you will want on any given page, which of those might warrant a double page spread etc. and begin to tally it up. Don’t forget to include pages for intro copy or contents pages, and any additional text throughout.

You can’t beat looking at other (real life) book examples for inspiration, but as a starting point we’ve looked at average page counts across our products to give you an idea of what other book-makers are doing.

Product Average page count
Small Square 7 x 7 in (18 x 18 cm) 50
Standard Portrait 7.75 x 9.75 in (20 x 25 cm) 95
Standard Landscape 10 x 8 in (25 x 20 cm) 75
Large Square 12 x 12 in (30 x 30 cm) 100
Large Landscape 13 x 11 in (33 x 28 cm) 100
Magazine 60
Trade Book Size 1 5 x 8 in (13 x 20 cm) 130
Trade Book Size 2 6 x 9 in (15 x 23 cm) 150
Trade Book Size 3 8 x 10 in (20 x 25 cm) 90
PDF 50
Ebook 65

Types of Book Covers

There are two to three cover options to choose from for both our Photo Book and Trade Book options, depending on the size of your book.

Soft cover
• Soft, flexible, high gloss cover
• No cover flaps or end sheets
• Durable library binding
* Not available for large format books
* Available for all Trade Book sizes

Dust Jacket
• Black linen, Proline Oatmeal or Proline Charcoal Linen covers
• Laminated full-color dust jacket
• Durable library binding
• Printable front and back flaps
* Available for all photo books
* Not available for Trade Book Size 3

ImageWrap
• Matte finish, image-printed cover
• End sheets – medium-gray as standard
• Durable library binding
• No cover flaps
* Available for all photo books
* Not available for Trade Book Size 3

Paper Type

Blurb’s standard paper offers superb quality, but the paper you choose for your book can make a big difference in how it looks and feels—and even how much it weighs—so giving your paper choice proper consideration is important.

Photo Books
Standard Paper
80# (118 GSM)
Smooth, with an ever-so-slight shine, our Standard Paper has a silky feel and a good weight suitable for a wide range of books.

Premium Matte
100# (148 GSM)
This coated paper has a subtle matte finish. It’s about 35% heavier and is more opaque than our Standard Paper, adding a softer feel to the pages.

Premium Lustre
100# (148 GSM)
This paper has a hint of gloss. It’s about 35% heavier and is more opaque than our Standard Paper, adding an extra hint of shine to the pages.

ProLine Uncoated
100# (148 GSM)
This archival-quality, eggshell-textured paper offers deep saturation and velvety solids, yet it prints with excellent color fidelity, retaining image detail even in shadows. A favorite with designers, this paper suits a wide range of book projects.

ProLine Pearl Photo
140# (190 GSM)
Made for use in high-end photo books, this medium-gloss, lusciously thick paper offers superb opacity and great tonal range. It has a slightly glossier finish than our Premium Lustre Paper and is slightly heavier than our other papers. Images print crisp and sharp with excellent color saturation and deep blacks, making for great contrast and beautiful range.

Trade Books and Magazines
There are uncoated white and cream paper options for Trade books, and Economy Gloss or Premium Matte options for our print magazine products.

Blurb Logo

There’s even the option to not include the Blurb logo on the last page of your book, a small detail to many, but a valuable option none-the-less.

So, armed with all this information how are you meant to go about costing all the various options for your book?

We have made that incredibly easy for you. Blurb’s Pricing Calculator lets you select each and every option individually, from product, size, page count, cover, paper, end sheets, linens and logo.

And for those people looking to create an even more complex book…

Custom Books

There are further options available to customize your Blurb books; from custom end sheets, embossing, debossing, foil stamping and even entirely bespoke books for volume orders of 100+. These options require custom quotes for which you can contact our Large Order Services team using our simple quote form.

Blurb allows you to make your own book the way you want to while understanding the costs before you start. Hopefully you feel ready to get started on your project. Click here to find the perfect tool for building your book.

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