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Paperback Book Printing

Paperback Book Printing
Paperback book printing service
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soft cover book printing
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Paperback books are almost certainly the most familiar to readers all over the world. Instantly recognized, handy, beautiful, and cost-effective to print and distribute, they’re the publishing world’s number one favorite!

A well-made paperback edition of your book is the ideal medium for getting your story out of the store and into the hands of readers. Whether you write genre fiction—romance, historical, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, adventure, crime, thrillers, horror, and more—or memoirs, inspirational books, short stories or poetry collections, graphic novels, self-help, travelogues, or anything else, a professional paperback book gives your creativity the presentation it deserves.

At QinPrinting, we print premium-quality paperback books for self-publishers, academics, public speakers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and more. Coupled with over 25 years of success in the industry, an expert team, state-of-the-art technology, and unrivaled customer service, our dedication and high-quality products sustain our first-class reputation among sophisticated self-publishers and independent creatives around the globe.

We are an offset printer, rather than a digital or print-on-demand service, so we must impose a minimum order quantity (MOQ). We’ve set ours as low as possible, at 100 units. But with offset printing, the higher the quantity you order in a single print run, the lower the cost-per-unit.
Choose preset dimensions from the dropdown menu or click “CUSTOM SIZE” to enter your own custom dimensions.
Please use the format, width x height; so, 5.5″ x 8.5″ would mean 5.5″ wide and 8.5″ high.
The possible size range is 3.74″ to 11.69″ in width or height, allowing for portrait or landscape orientation.
The cover is composed of four pages. They are the front cover, the inside front cover, the inside back cover, and the back cover.
Cover Paper
If you need special paper not shown in the dropdown menu, please contact us.

1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Cover Paper

We laminate only the outside of the cover.
We offer a comprehensive selection of special surface finishes which we can apply to most covers, with a few limitations. For example, spot UV can only be applied to matte laminated and soft-touch laminated covers.

These options are only suitable for gold or silver foil stamping up to a 150 mm x 30 mm area; and embossing, debossing, or spot UV up to a 200 mm x 50 mm area. If the special finish area you need is larger than this, please contact us to get a quote.

Besides gold and silver foil, we can foil stamp designs in a range of colours. If you need a special colour foil stamp or have specific surface requests, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
Page Count
One sheet of paper is equal to two pages.
page sheet
page sheet
The total page count is a multiple of 4. When printing and binding your book, we fold sheets into “signatures”.
If your book is larger, say, 8.5″ x 11″ or A4 size, one signature will have 16 pages. So, the inner page amount should be divisible by 16. Making your page counts match signatures is the most economical solution.
Inner Paper
Please select your paper choice for your internal pages from the dropdown menu. If you have a special request not listed here, get in touch. We’ll do everything possible to satisfy your needs.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
If your book has 48 pages or fewer, we recommend saddle stich as your binding option.
If you have more pages and choose fairly thin paper, such as 80 gsm /54 lb or 105 gsm / 71 lb text paper, we recommend perfect binding.
If your book has heavier interior paper or the page count exceeds 200 pages, sewn perfect binding will be your best choice.
Wire-O and spiral binding are other options and both of them open flat.
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sewn perfect binding
wire-o binding
saddle stitch binding
spiral binding
EXW Price 
*The price doesn’t include shipping costs.
Contact us for the shipping fee.
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Custom Paperback Printing Costs

At QinPrinting, we help self-published authors, business people, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, public speakers, and others to print custom paperback books of superior quality daily. But we believe you shouldn’t need to spend a King’s ransom or sell the family heirlooms to pay for a fine softcover edition of your book. That’s why we review our work processes frequently, to make sure we always deliver quality books at competitive prices.

So, how much does it cost to print perfect bound paperback books? Our at-a-glance pricing chart gives you a good general idea. Unlike other offset book printing services — which demand a minimum order quantity (MOQ)of 500, 1,000, or even 5,000 books — we’ll print a short run of just 100 copies and still with a competitive price tag attached. But as you’ll see from the charts, the more copies you order in a single run, the less you pay per copy.

Paperback Book Printing Price Chart (210mm x 297mm)

All prices listed in GBP

Quantity 100pcs 500pcs 1000pcs 2000pcs 5000pcs 10000pcs
Page count
80pp + 4pp
128pp + 4pp
208pp + 4pp
256pp + 4pp
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • Cover: 250 gsm / 92 lb coated cover paper with matte lamination
  • Interior: 105 gsm / 71 lb coated text paper, full color printing
  • Cover and inner: full color printing
  • Perfect binding

For a more detailed estimate, try our easy and convenient online Printing Cost Calculator. Just follow the link, drop in your information, and get an instant quote! If you have questions, get in touch and one of our knowledgeable, in-house experts will be delighted to help.

What is Paperback Book Printing?

“Paperback” is a book binding style which is also known as “softcover” and “perfect binding”. The umbrella term “paperback” includes standard perfect binding and sewn perfect binding.

Standard perfect binding

Standard Perfect Binding

So, perfect bound printing is the technical term for what is better known as paperback printing or softcover printing. They’re the same thing! Think of the sort of novel you pick up at the newsstand, from the fiction section in the bookstore, or at the airport. A familiar style, perfect binding is a visually appealing and economical bookbinding solution. Perfect binding is suitable for any genre.

With this style of binding, we collate the interior pages into a “block” and fix them with adhesive. Next, we glue the block into the cover. The cover is a printed sheet—often gloss or matte coated or laminated—made of heavier stock. The glue is NUR, a powerful polyurethane substance specially formulated to give the bonding of a structural adhesive with no loss of flexibility. Finally, we trim the cover and the pages on a super-sharp cutting machine, which makes them align “perfectly”, giving the technique both its name and a neat, professional finish.

Sewn perfect binding

Sewn Perfect Binding

Our specialist techniques and facilities allow us to offer this superior solution for when you need a paperback book that has higher durability and can also be laid open flat without undue strain or breakage along the spine. We apply a sewn binding to the interior pages before gluing them to the cover. But the sewn pages are not glued individually to the spine, allowing the book to open flat without splitting. Our sewn perfect binding gives you a clean, professional presentation coupled with robust, practical functionality. And best of all, this up-scale binding method is the least expensive of all the binding options.

Popular Paperback / Softcover Sizes

We can print paperback books in a vast range of sizes and in either portrait or landscape formats. Which size and format you choose for your paperback edition depends on your genre, your market, the content, and more. But to help you get an idea, here’s a quick list of the most popular sizes by genre:

  • For a novel: 5.5″ x 8.5″ and 6″ x 9″ are the most common.
  • Educational / textbooks: 6″ x 9″ and 8.5″ x 11″ are the benchmark options.
  • Early reader: 8.5″ x 8.5″ square format is popular.

The standard formats are practical if you need to mail out a lot of copies. For commercial reasons, these are often the best choices as they meet consumer expectations, stack and store easily, fit snugly on bookstore, library, and domestic bookshelves, and are the most economical to produce. But at QinPrinting, we’re happy to create custom paperback books in any size or format you wish. Only remember that extensive customization incurs higher costs and slower turnaround times because we need to do a lot more pre-press work and setup. But for certain projects, the added investment could be worthwhile. It’s always your decision.

Portrait Paperback Book Printing
Landscape Paperback Book Printing
Custom Size Paperback Book Printing
Custom Size

Custom Paperback Book Options

If your softcover book features colorful illustrations, cartoons, diagrams, and photographs, we recommend printing on gloss or matte art paper to get the best results. Gloss and matte both have ideal surfaces for vibrant color and black-and-white printing that will make your artwork, graphics, photos, and illustrations really ‘pop’. Matte paper will still give superlative image reproduction while rendering the text easier to read. If you want to print a “trade” style paperback novel that will look like one published by a mainstream publisher and you don’t have color interiors, then go for uncoated offset paper, as that will give you the exact look you want.

Offset paper — also known as uncoated wood-free paper or UWF — has the lignin extracted during the pulping process. The result is a natural-looking, absorbent white paper with a good balance of strength, opacity, and brightness, which makes it ideal for interior text. Print-on-demand digital paperback novels always have that smooth ultra-white or cream paper which gives them away a mile off as an inferior product. An offset printed novel is indistinguishable from one published by a “Big Five” publisher because it’s the exact printing technique that they also use.

You’ll need to specify at least two kinds of paper for your paperback perfect bound book: one for the interior pages and one for the cover.

Paper Choices for Paperback Books

Cover Paper

Interior Paper

For an added flourish, we can also apply specialist techniques to the cover, including embossing, metallic foil stamping, and UV spot coating. Also, we like to make it easy for you to design your soft back book. So, you can use one of our ready-made design templates for the interiors and covers if you wish. And ask us for paper samples. We’ll drop them to you in the mail at no cost.

Paperback Book Printing Design and Artwork Tips

Whether you’re preparing your own text, artwork, and layouts or commissioning a professional designer to handle the technical work for you, it’s important to understand how to prepare the finished digital files for printing. You’ll need to allow for bleed zones, safety areas, trim lines, and borders, for example, and make sure that the resolution and the color space are correct. So, here are a few useful tips to help you when you’re preparing your files for the printer.


Export your files as vectors in PDF format for the best results. Our recommended software options for all book designs are Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign. These will also allow you to convert your color space from RGB to CMYK which you will need to do for offset printing.


If you can’t deliver vectors — say, if you’re exporting bitmaps from Photoshop for your book cover — then make sure the resolution is at least 300 DPI. With vectors, you needn’t worry about resolution, but all other images must have a high definition to tolerate resizing without becoming fuzzy and “pixilated”.

3 mm bleed zone

You’ll need to add a “bleed zone” of 3 mm around all your image pages. A bleed is an extended zone at the periphery of your photo, which falls outside the area that your finished page will cover. Once we’ve printed your pages, we’ll cut them to the exact size needed for your paperback book format. This “bit extra” gets cut off and makes sure that the finished image fills the page with none of it being lost. You should mark bleed zones as red lines. If your book is text-only, you needn’t worry about this for the interiors, but it still applies to your cover design.

trim line 10mm

Inside your bleed zone, don’t forget to mark the “trim lines”. These will define the final dimensions of the finished page, with or without images. Make sure that any necessary elements of your page—the text, titles, decorative flourishes, and pagination, for example—stop at least 10 mm short of the trim line.

along the center crease

If a photograph or artwork crosses over two pages in a “spread” make sure that nothing essential—like the subject’s face or other important details—lie along the center crease.


Check all your formatting is consistent throughout the document—fonts and font sizes, drop capitals, dividers, pagination, borders, margins, chapter headings, page breaks, and so on.


Don’t forget your ISBN and barcode if your book is for sale. You can get both through Bowker in the US and Nielsen in the UK. The barcode had better to be a vector and rendered in pure black.

If you’re working with a professional designer to create your files, they should understand what’s needed to make everything “print ready”. But if you’re working with design software yourself for the first time, these are the vital tips to remember before you submit your files. The responsibility for sending “print ready” files rests with you. But please don’t worry! We’ll be happy to “hold your hand” through the process, explain what’s needed, liaise with your designer, and manually check everything ourselves to make sure it all goes smoothly and you end up with a perfect print of your custom paperback book.

To learn more about preparing your text and cover layouts for printing, please check our Pre-press Artwork information page. And you can pick up the phone and talk to us at any stage. You’ll talk to a genuine print expert with years of experience in the field—not a robot or a clueless call center operator!

Let’s Talk!

Designing and preparing a book paperback printing is always a satisfying creative project which adds immense value to your portfolio of published work. Get in touch today to chat through your needs or to ask for a no-obligation quote. We can’t wait to help you make your custom paperback book the most beautiful and successful yet!

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