Discover the Advantages of Short Run Digital Book Printing Over Print on Demand

At, we pride ourselves on offering a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to print on demand. While print-on-demand is useful for minimizing wholesale inventory, it comes with a higher cost per copy. By choosing and ordering a minimum of 50 books, you'll enjoy a low unit price comparable to long-run litho printing - without the burden of annual server storage charges.

Experience the benefits of greater affordability as you order more books, up to 750 copies. Beyond that, the per-copy savings become modest. In today's uncertain economic climate, it's wise to avoid gambling on a four-digit printing run. Instead, opt for smaller batches at a similar unit cost. We're also happy to accommodate small orders (under 50 copies), although the unit cost will be higher.

Embrace an Environmentally Friendly and Economically Savvy Approach

Short-run digital book printing allows you to avoid unnecessary shipping and pulping, resulting in a positive impact on both your balance sheet and the environment. Print only the number of copies you're confident you can sell in the next few months, eliminating wasteful transportation and disposal. This approach is especially advantageous for overseas publishers with UK distribution, who can also benefit from the current weakness of the UK currency.

High-Quality Printing for an Exceptional Result

Our state-of-the-art sheet-fed presses ensure that your books boast high-resolution images and crisp text, avoiding the issues associated with low-resolution digital webbooks.'s presses are designed to emulate litho printing, delivering halftones that are arguably superior to offset printing on lighter-weight uncoated book paper. This results in significant savings on paper and mailing costs.

Environmentally Conscious Paper Selection

We print all books on FSC-certified publishing grade paper, including 80gsm/100gsm Opaque or Munken Volume 18 bookwove (in white or cream) and 240gsm card for covers. We also offer recycled, heavyweight, and other speciality papers upon request - simply inquire for prices and samples.

Effortless Spine Width Calculation

To simplify the process, our online pricing calculator features an embedded automatic spine width computation aid. This ensures that you receive an accurate quote for your project without any hassle.

Spine Width Calculator

Why choose Imprint Digital for your book printing?

A personal service

We are a family-owned book printing company. We don't have large amounts of staff in our office which means you will only ever be in contact with either David or Jamie from our pre-press team. We have been providing a personal service ever since we started and we have built some fantastic relationships with our customers.

Specialist Printing

We have been printing books for over 20 years so we know what is required to produce an amazing book. Every member of staff is expertly trained and specialises in their field and receives ongoing training in their specialisation. We also make sure to keep up-to-date with the latest advances in technology.

Quality control

When your book passes through each stage of production, every team member that deals with your book will carry out inspections to make sure the quality of your book meets the companies expectations. We pride ourselves on producing some of the best books in the country - take a look at our reviews and testimonials.

Our customer service is some of the best in the industry and all our staff love books just as much as you. This means our pre-press team wants to help you to produce a book that we are proud to put our names on. Our pre-press team often help our customers fine-tune their books and get them ready for printing. We won't just take your files and print your book, we will have a look through your book to make sure any errors in pre-press and printing are minimized.

Questions and Answers


All files should be sent to us as press-ready PDF files. If you are unable to send files in this format then a word file for your manuscript can be sent. We will convert this file into a PDF file and send it back to you for checking. If you are happy then we can proceed to print.

We do not offer print on demand. We are a short-run printing company and produce books from as little as 10 copies. Unlike print on demand, we do not have any high setup cost and ordering copies of your book from 100 copies will get you a very competitive unit cost.

All books that we print come in different shapes and sizes, paper types, cover laminations and have many different options you can add to make your book unique. If you want to find out how much your book will be to print please visit our online quote calculator.

Orders can be placed on our website via our online quote/order form here. We are also able to accept orders by email as long as you know all the specifications of your book. If you are unsure of what specifications you would like for your book, please contact us.

Due to our specialist equipment and the time we have invested in becoming the specialist book printer in the UK we are able to print any size book between A6 (148 x 105mm) and A4 landscape (210 x 297mm). This means you can print your book at standard book sizes or you can have your book in a custom size.

This depends on a variety of factors but in most cases, paperback books are printed and shipped within 5 to 7 working days and hardback books are shipped within 4 weeks depending on the quantity. Please contact us if you have an urgent delivery timeframe.

Yes, we offer bound proofs for paperback books and hardback books. Please note that most of our hardback bound proofs are bound up as paperback books with a sample cover. We do this in order to get the proof copy out to you quickly and keep costs low. We can produce a complete hardback bound proof but the shipping time on this proof will be greater than our usual 1 to 3 days and may include an additional cost.

No, we don't, we print all books in-house in our production facility in Exeter. We don’t sub out any printing work to other printers or to any company abroad. Some extras such as foiling are sent out to a specialist company that we have been working with for several years.