Hardcover Books

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Hardcover Book Printing

  • Low Minimum Order
  • Expert Customer Service
  • Full Color Laminated Hardcovers
  • Low Cost Cover Design Packages
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Hardcover Books

We produce beautiful full color hardcovers that are film laminated for long life. We print inside pages in color or black & white on any paper stock in very short runs. We can offer a totally custom book in quantities as low as ten.

Our Guarantee

Our team will ensure your hardcover book is a success from start to finish. From selecting the best materials and finishing to layout and design through production and shipping, we have the experience and capability to provide an exceptional experience. Put us to the test with your next hardcover case bound book project!

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  • Quantity

    Consider Additional Quantities for a better price. The minimum quantity of books is 10.

  • If + or - 10% is selected, you will be charged per book delieved.

  • Sizes of finished books subject to a 1/16" variance and non bleed books will always be 1/8" smaller than the selected size.

  • If your book contains images that print right to the edge of the paper, please select "Yes".

  • Pages in Black & White
  • Pages in Black & White
  • We offer several options for uncoated stock including 60# and 70# white, 60# Cream colored stock, 80# Gloss text as well as an option for a fully laminated book. The Cover is printed on 10 point card stock that is coated on one side and then is protected with a UV coating. By selecting Laminated Covers and Inside pages, your book will be laminated with a thicker 30 mil cover and 16 mil laminated inside pages and bound with Plastic Coil suitable for heavy use like menus or other durable manuals.

  • Cover Layout Service

    If your Cover is in final PDF form, there is no additional charge for artwork. This means the front, spine and back cover are all positioned correctly with proper bleeds and safety margins. You can use our spine calculator to get the dimensions for final artwork based on your books size and page count. If like many authors, you need help in creating a final cover that really sells, we offer several packages that are explained in the "Design Services" tab.

  • Pages in Black & White

    If your book is in final PDF form, there is no additional charge for artwork. If like many authors, you need help in doing the final page layout to add headers, footers, margins and a consistent, professional style we offer several packages that are explained in the "Design Services" tab.

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IMPORTANT! We include one hard-copy printed proof with each book. Changes made to your book will incur the following additional charges:

Minor Changes to OUR Production File
(not new files) Charges include PDF Proof
Minor Change to Cover OR Inside $30/Minimum
Minor Change to Cover AND Inside $50/Minimum
Replacement Customer Files
Charges include PDF Proof
New Customer File for Inside OR Cover $60/Minimum
New Customer File for Inside AND Cover $100/Minimum
Additional Hard Copy Proofs
Minimum charge $30 based on book size

How To Get Started With Your Book

Printing your own publication is easy.

  1. Binding styles

    Perfect Binding Saddle Stitched booklets Color Plastic Coil Binding Hard Cover or Case bound books
    Perfect Binding Saddle Stitched booklets Color Plastic Coil Binding Hard Cover or Case bound books

    Alta Graphics offers a wide range of book binding alternatives ensuring that regardless of your books size, we can provide a professionally bound finished product. The industry standard is Perfect Bound Soft Cover. For books with smaller page counts, saddle stitching is another popular option. We also offer color coil binding and hard cover "case binding" which has advantages for certain books.

  2. Standard Sizes

    Square Sizes

    While we can produce other custom sizes, the standard sizes we offer are designed to minimize waste and cost per page by taking advantage of all of the paper.

  3. Paper Choices

    Covers

    Are printed on 10 point C1S cover stock. Other papers are available for an additional charge.

    Uncoated

    Paper

    Is the standard sheet used for most books. We offer 60# white and cream colored "Natural White" as well as 70# White offset.

    Gloss

    Text

    This is the standard for books that feature a lot of color pages. We offer 80# and 100# gloss text. We also can provide other coated stocks on special requests.

    Laminated

    Books

    For Books that are subject to a lot of handling, we offer a fully laminated option. The Cover is laminated with thicker 30mil and inside pages are laminated at 16mil. The entire book is coil bound. This produces a extremely durable book suitable for harsh conditions like Menus or factory manuals.

    While we can print on most papers, there are several that are commonly used for book printing. The vast majority of books are printed on uncoated or non glossy paper. Coffee Table books or art books are usually printed on Glossy or Coated paper which makes the pictures look photographic. Depending on the nature of your book, you may want to consider using a coated paper if you have lots of photographs. We also offer “Dull” or Matt coated stock which has less glare but looks and feels better than traditional uncoated stocks.

    Color versus Black & White

    Black & White Pages Color Pages
    Black & White Pages Color Pages

    While covers are almost always printed in full color on the outside, the inside pages can be done either as all color, all Black & White or some combination where a section may be in one or the other. If a book has an entire section that is different from the rest of the book (for example a color section in a black & white book) it can be priced based on the total number of color pages plus the total number of black & white pages using our pricing calculator. If however the pages are not together in a section but are interspersed throughout the book, it will probably need to be priced as all color. Contact customer service for assistance in seeing how we can handle your specific project if it has a mix of color pages throughout the book.

Designing Your Book

We can work with your book printing project regardless of whether it is in a final “ready for print” format or if you only have basic text in final format. We recommend that you provide us with final text that has been fully edited and spell checked. Making changes after we format your book will cause unnecessary expense in redoing your layout and producing extra proofs. We offer several basic design services based on your requirements for designing an inside layout as well as a professional book cover.

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Cover Design Service

A professionally designed cover will make your book stand out! Our creative team will take your basic theme and design a cover incorporating images, professional typography and colors for both front and back cover as well as the spine. You will receive a final PDF file suitable for production.

Cover Design Packages

We offer three cover design packages that include different amounts of customization:

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Inside Page Book Layout Service

Formatting your book with proper margins, typography and layout can really add to the look of your book. Preparing photos and properly inserting them within the page is also something requiring design skills. If you need assistance, our team can take your word files after you have finalized them, and create a professional layout. We will send proofs as well as providing a final PDF production file upon the completion of the project. We can also take your photos in digital form or scan them from original hard copy for an additional charge.

Page Book Layout Packages

We offer three page book layout packages that include different amounts of customization. Use the page calculator to determine how many pages your final book will end up being once it is converted to a smaller size with standard margins:

Silver Package

This is a basic layout service where we take your final word files, flow them into the selected page size with proper margins. We insert page breaks to keep important pages and chapters on right hand pages. We can update pagination in your Table of Contents if it is included. This package does not allow for customization and any changes are subject to additional charges. Changes or edits to your content are not included. You will receive a final PDF file of your book contents.

Gold Package

This is a more complete layout service that includes custom headers and footers or the usage of multiple type styles as required by the design. This service includes one revision. Changes or edits to your content are not included. You will receive a final PDF file of your book contents.

Platinum Package

This is a custom layout service that includes custom headers and footers or the usage of multiple type styles as required by the design. We will create two sample page layout designs with different type styles for you to choose from. Once a final layout style is established, we will complete the book using this style. This service includes one revision. Changes or edits to your content are not included. You will receive a final PDF file of your book contents.

Self-Publishing

Self publishing is an easy way to get your book published giving you complete control over all the steps in the process. This allows you to control all aspects from design, production, distribution and profit. It also means you are responsible for each of these steps requiring more work from you.

Many successful authors have used self publishing as the preferred way to get there books printed including; Deepak Chopra, Tom Peters, D.H Lawrence, Oscar Wilde, Carl Sandburg among many others. Many authors have started by self-publishing there work and then are in a position to negotiate with a publisher from a position of greater strength. So lets look at the steps in getting your book published!

Here is a summary of the steps to self-publish your book:

  1. Edit your manuscript so that it is completely checked for spelling, and grammatical errors. Consider using an outside editorial service to either do a basic Mechanical edit to catch technical problems with grammer and sentence construction or a more comprehensive or Substantive edit to get suggestions on structural changes that could improve readability.

  2. Have the final book laid out using a page layout program to get proper margins, headers and footers and the proper choices of type styles. If you need to do this yourself in MS Word, you will need to create a PDF from the final file to “lock” the layout and prevent changes when moving to another computer.

  3. Create a cover design that will help sell the book. This is one area where professional help from a graphic designer should be used. The overall cost is low relative to the total investment you will be making in your book and having a poorly designed cover will affect the success of the project.

    Remember “you can’t judge a book by its cover” but that’s the normal place to start.

  4. Get an ISBN number for your book. This makes you the registered publisher of the book forever. The only US agent that distributes ISBN numbers is Bowkers.com. If you are offered an ISBN number for “free” by a printing or self publishing service, they will be the publisher of your book and orders for your book will go through them. Consider getting a package with additional ISBN numbers as each version of your book (an e-book version for example) requires its own number.

  5. Place your initial order of books for enough copies to complete a successful launch. While we can produce as few as 10 books, the price goes down considerably as the quantity increases. Most people start with 100 – 200 copies but you can order and reorder as required. Because your book is being produced digitally, you can usually reorder in about 48 hours.

  6. Develop a marketing plan for your book. This is a topic of additional blog articles and is a constantly evolving area. The techniques that are usually used include; a website and/or Facebook page for the book, Book Signing events, press releases, Podcasts and blogs with posts related to your books topics. Consider purchasing John Kremer’s 1001 Ways to Market Your Book which as the title says, has many ideas.

Think you are done? Many successful authors do not stop with their first book. Having multiple titles gives additional credibility to you as an author and frequently an authors second or third title is the one that becomes successful.

Spine & Cover Calculator

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  • b = book height
  • c = spine
  • w = book cover layout width
  • h = book cover layout height
  • w = 2a + c + 2 (0.125")
  • h = b + 2 (0.125")

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