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Short-run printing

More flexibility with a small batch

Short-run batches of books may be digitally printed, offset printed or a combination of both. Investing in a short run of books is a great option for publishers looking for more trim sizes, inks, papers, end-sheets, finishes, foils and embossing options, but without wanting to print in high-volume.

How it works

The commercials

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Costs

A short-run of books must be paid for before printing can start. Print cost per copy depends on trim size, binding type, paper type and page count, and reduces with volume. Short-run batches are small so warehousing costs are minimised.

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Technology

Short-run batches may be digitally printed, litho printed or both. Offset litho is considered the highest quality print method; in particular it gives a better finish on glossy, thicker papers and is excellent for tints, gradients and solid color. However, digital printing is now so good that it is often hard to tell the difference.

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Proofs

All customers ordering a short-run must first get and approve a printed proof. Typos and details tend to be much easier to spot in print and color finishes will always look slightly different to the way they appear on screen. Proofs for offset runs will be printed digitally.

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Turnaround

Typically print times are around 10 working days after an order has been placed and paid for. Digital runs will be faster than offset. Specialist paper options and finishes may increase lead times.

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The Wordzworth Difference

Sign up with us and keep things simple. You tell us how many copies and where to send them, then just wait for your books to arrive at your door. Let us name, check and upload your files, order proofs and batches, handle any print issues and get fixes applied in the quickest possible time.