Book manufacturers print large quantities of books on offset printing presses. It’s more cost effective to print offset with quantities of 1,000 or more and, of course, the more books you print, the lower the price per book.
Book manufacturers offer many choices that aren’t available with digital printing, such as non-standard book sizes, environmentally friendly papers, and special effects such as embossing, die cuts, foil stamping, and varnishing.
I recommend all of the printers below. Feel free to contact them directly. They’re listed here for your convenience, and no referral fees or commissions are charged or collected.
Friesens manufactures books for publishers all across North America specializing in full colour hardcover and softcover books. They offer a full range of prepress services, printing and many types of binding options. Fulfillment and packaging services are also available. Located in Manitoba, Canada, they give very competitive quotes for printing and shipping books to the US. Excellent rates on hardcover books, and they also have a Digital Book Factory for short runs (under 1,000) with offset covers.
Hemlock Printers continues to be recognized for excellence in book printing at the various international printing industry award competitions. They have the latest technology available to make your book a success, from small children’s books to large coffee table art books. Located in Vancouver, Canada, they are not the cheapest but do very high quality work.
Lammar Printing (Hong Kong) offers very competitive prices, particularly for color printing and any kind of hand work such as pop-ups, flaps, glued images, or hand insertions. Their prices include shipping anywhere in the world. Books are shipped by sea, which can take several weeks.
Replika Press Based in India, Replika Press has excellent prices for color printing. They manufacture softcover and hardcover books for publishers worldwide, and ship by sea, which can take several weeks.
Sentinel Printing is a nationally recognized printer of softcover books, catalogs, manuals, and directories. Whether you’re printing a novel, a technical manual, a catalog, or a telephone directory, you’ll benefit from their state-of-the-art book manufacturing equipment and their helpful staff. Located in St. Cloud, Minnisota.
Transcontinental Printing Transcontinental Metrolitho is one of four Transcontinental plants dedicated to high quality book production. Their sheetfed presses are ideal for short-to-medium runs, and they produce a wide selection of hardcover and softcover books in both color and black & white. Their on-press flexibility, extensive prepress support, and binding and finishing capability deliver turnaround times that are hard to beat. From their plant in Quebec, Canada, they serve a growing number of authors across North America.