Short Run Digital Book Printing vs. Print on Demand should not be confused with print on demand (good for reducing wholesale inventory, but at a high cost per copy). Order a minimum of 50 books from and you will pay a low unit price, in the same ballpark as longer-run litho (and we don’t levy annual server storage charges).

The unit price gets progressively better as you approach 750 books, but from then on the per-copy savings are modest. Given the current economic difficulties, why gamble on a four-digit printing run (which may or may not sell) when you can order batches of a few hundred copies at a time for a not-dissimilar unit cost? We are also happy to print books and booklets for small orders (under 50 copies) but the unit cost is greater.

No More Unnecessary Shipping and Pulping – Good for the balance sheet and the environment

We’ve all been seduced by low run-on costs and then ended up with excess stock. With short-run digital book printing, you only print the number you can be sure of selling over the next few months – no more wasteful trucking and pulping. This is of particular value to overseas publishers with UK distribution (who also benefit from the current weakness of the UK currency).


All book printing will be on our latest sheet-fed presses, thereby avoiding the problems of low-resolution digital web books (poor-quality halftones and over-dark text). presses are tuned to emulate litho; in fact, our halftones, produced with the latest generation of emulsion aggregate (EA) toners, are arguably better than offset printing on lighter-weight uncoated book paper (request brochure with examples), which in turn can lead to significant savings on paper and mailing charges.

Paper Stock

All books are printed on FSC-certified publishing grades: 80gsm/100gsm Opaque or Munken Volume 18 bookwove (available in white or cream) and 240 gsm card (covers). Recycled, heavyweight and other speciality papers are also available, please enquire for prices and samples.

Calculating Your Spine Width

An automatic spine width computation aid is embedded in our online pricing 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.