Printing Matters

The advances in digital printing now make it easier than ever to produce good quality books in a viable and economical way. Working closely with the UK’s leading printers, books can be ordered in small, manageable quantities, while the finished copies are as professional in appearance as those produced by more traditional litho print-runs.

At SPP we’re perhaps a bit fussy about it all – but the presentation really matters!

Steve and the tiger

Print Options

It’s also possible to set up Print-on-Demand (POD), however, it can have a significant bearing on the necessary selling price, so the decision on how to print will vary from title to title.

It may still prove most effective to produce a book by a conventional litho print-run, which can generally come into play from a few hundred copies (dependent on the format, etc.). But often an initial commitment to a short digital run of perhaps 100 to 300 copies is preferred.

Size and format of your books can vary, but some standard preferences are shown below.

Sizes and Formats

Name Imperial (approx. inches) Metric (mm)
A4
11½ x 8 ¼
297 x 210
Crown Quarto
9¾ x 7½
246 x 189
Royal
9¼ x 6
234 x 156
Demy
8½ x 5 5/8
216 x 138
A5
8¼ x 5¾
210 x 148
B – Format
7¾ x 5¼
197 x 134

E-Books​

Overall, sales of e-books now account for a reasonable proportion of all books sold. So, unless there is a particular reason not to do it, we regard e-book formatting as a standard part of the publishing process.

Your book will be converted to both epub and mobi formats, making it compatible with all the main platforms worldwide, including Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s i-Books, WH Smith’s Kobo, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, etc.

E-Books
Print and/or e-Book Production

SPP will fully manage the printing and/or e-book production for all our publications.