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Printing FAQ

Modified on: May 28, 2022

Print Times

All printers across our global network have an estimated 3-5 business day print time. Business days are defined as Monday – Friday, and the first printing day is the day after the order is placed. For example an order placed on a Monday will send to the printer by Tuesday, and is expected to print between Thursday (day 3) and the following Monday (day 5).

How Do I Choose My Ink?

  • Standard Black & White – Standard black & white printing for novels, memoirs, and other text-heavy books.
  • Premium Black & White – Heavy ink coverage is great for books with black & white images, graphs, or other graphics.
  • Standard Color – If your book is predominantly text but has a few color images, standard color is the right option for you.
  • Premium Color – The best color printing on every page with rich colors and heavy ink coverage.

Should I choose Standard Color for my picture book?

The Standard Color ink is intended to provide an affordable color printing option for authors who want to incorporate color text, graphs, diagrams, and small imagery into their novels, instruction manuals, and text books. For high quality, saturated color we recommend our Premium Ink.

Please Note: If your printed book arrives with wavy pages, streaking or image bleed through, it is likely your content is too image-rich for our Standard Inks. You should consider reprinting your content using Premium Inks and 80# Paper, which are designed for printing high quality, image-rich content.

How Do I Choose My Paper?

  • 60# Cream – Uncoated: Traditional cream paper most frequently used for black & white novels and workbooks.
  • 60# White – Uncoated: Versatile and economical white paper commonly found in a wide range of books.
  • 80# White – Coated: Ultra-smooth, high opacity bright white paper used for photo books, magazines, and comic books.
  • 100# White – Coated (Calendars Only): The heaviest available stock, used to create durable, vibrant calendars.

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