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Custom Book Binding and Printing

July 06, 2021 (Last Updated March 18, 2024)

Marcy G.

Once you’re ready to self-publish, where do you start? There are so many options for custom book binding and printing.

You’ve worked hard on your custom book. You want the finished product to be professional, eye-catching and well-constructed. And you have lots of design decisions to make. But don’t worry – with the right self-publishing partner, the end product will exceed your expectations.

Custom Book Printing Services

How do you find the right printer for your self-published book? It can be confusing to choose. Self-publishing authors often start by googling “custom printing near me.” But you want your finished book to stand out on a shelf and reflect your hard work. It’s an important decision.

48 Hour Books prints professional, bookstore-quality books. We also offer fast turnaround – we print paperback books in just two days.

Your reasons for writing your book are personal – to tell a story, connect with a specific audience, hand down cherished recipes or to build your business. With custom book printing from 48 Hour Books, you have more creative control.  

Professional Book Binding Services

Another crucial step in custom book printing is choosing the right book binding method. 48 Hour Books offers four popular book binding services: hardcover (case bound), softcover (perfect bound), spiral binding or saddle stitch. With our in-house bindery and experienced staff, we ensure professional quality books.

We have the latest technology in book binding equipment. Our high-capacity binders and our detailed handwork on hard bound books (we add the cloth head and tail bands and meticulously hand wipe each book) mean you’ll be proud of the finished product.

The binding method you select can depend on the look you prefer or the intended use or book genre. For example, coil binding works well for cookbooks and workbooks or anything that needs to lie flat. For a coffee table book, hardcover binding is durable and attractive (and you can add a book jacket, if you prefer). The decision is yours!    

At 48 Hour Books, we also offer:

·      Book Formatting

To make book formatting easy, 48 Hour Books offers inside book templates, which work on nearly any word processing program. Sometimes called book layout templates, they act like a blueprint for your book, making it easy to create a professional quality book. It’s as easy as opening up the free! template and starting to type.

·      Custom Book Cover Creation

Whether you have a cover design in mind or you don’t know what direction you want to go, 48 Hour Books can help, with custom cover options. We offer our Create-a-Cover templates that you can customize with your own art and text. Or, you can choose to work with one of our graphic designers on your custom cover. You can enhance your book with exciting print techniques, such as our Diamond 3D print options. With Diamond 3D, you can give text and design elements a shiny, metallic highlight that turns any cover into one that grabs your reader’s attention.

Custom Book Binding and Printing Services

48 Hour Books offers bookstore-quality books, printed quickly and shipped almost anywhere in the U.S. within 48 hours. If you’re looking for custom book printing and book binding services, we want to be your self-publishing partner. Want to learn more? Check out 48HrBooks.com.

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Debra February 19, 2022

Hello I am looking to get our presentation book hard bound in black with just Dr Mobasser’s name printed in gold with a nice font

48 Hr Books February 21, 2022

Hi Debra! This sounds like something we can do for you! You can print a standard hardcover book with a black cover and our Diamond 3D foil in gold. You can also choose from one of our special cover options and gold hot foil stamping. You can see all of these options on our cost calculator and at our website. We require print-ready PDF files of your inside pages and cover. If you have any questions, please call us at 800-231-0521

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