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48 Hour Books Quick Links: Get Started with These Helpful Resources

January 22, 2024 (Last Updated March 18, 2024)

Marcy G.

If you’re looking to print your book this year, 48 Hour Books is a great place to start! We make book printing and self-publishing easy with free resources, additional services to help you self-publish, and attentive customer service. We want you to feel confident putting your book out into the world, whether you’re planning on selling your books or not.

Printing a book is not something you do every day, so we understand that the options and process can fee overwhelming at first. Our hope is that you find 48 Hour Books to be a helpful partner on the journey. If you’re browsing our website for the first time and want to learn more about our services, we recommend starting with the following “quick links." 


A little more about 48 Hour Books:

48 Hour Books started in 1984 when Jim Fulton (our founder and CEO) created an offset book printing company called "Printing Systems." As interest in book printing increased, he gradually transitioned that company into 48 Hr Books, Inc.

By 2006, book printing became our focus, and today it's all we do -- and we do it very well. 48 Hour Books is now the fastest book printing company in the world, and on top of that, we're known for our excellent quality and unmatched customer service.


General information:

For information on our custom book printing services, we recommend visiting the following pages:

Book Printing Services & Custom Book Printing: Learn how to print your own book  

Book Publishing: Detailed Instructions for Publishing a Book: Learn the difference between traditional publishing vs. self-publishing

How to Make a Book: Learn how to create and self-publish a book in 7 easy steps

Book Binding Services: If you’re self-publishing a book, choosing a book binding method is one decision you’ll need to make. Different types of book binding offer different benefits. You’ll want to understand them, so you can choose the right one for your book. These are the different binding options available to you through 48 Hour Books.

FAQ page: We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about custom book printing so that you can find the answers you’re looking for.


 Our process:

The Ordering Process: For a step-by-step guide on how to print your book with 48 Hour Books, we provide a complete overview from formatting your files to having your books shipped.

Pre-Press & Production Printing Schedules: View our pre-press and production schedules based on the binding type and additional book customizations you choose. This information is helpful in understanding the complete timeline of events from when you place your order to when you approve your proofs.  

**Our customer service is available to help you answer any questions regarding the timing of your order. If you have a crucial need-by date, let us know and we will give you detailed instructions to ensure your books arrive on time!


Free resources:

Price calculator: Do you want to know how much your books will cost before you place an order? Our handy price calculator will give you an instant quote, including shipping. Feel free to enter different page numbers and quantities to get a good idea of where priced breaks occur.

Self-Publishing Checklist: Download our free self-publisher checklist, covering important steps in the process that you can mark off as you go.

Formatting Tools and Tips: If you’re unsure about how to format your self-published book, we’ve got the help you need. Just download 48 Hour Books free Book Formatting Tips.

Video Gallery: We have created helpful how-to videos and tutorials. Learn how to set up a book, how to create a book cover, how to place an order, and more

Book Templates: 48 Hour Books offers free book formatting templates and book cover templates. Learn why book templates streamline the publishing process and how to choose the best book cover template for your book. Plus, download your choice of free book design templates so you can get started right away.


 Additional options & services:

 In addition to the standard printing and shipping of your books and the free resources listed above, 48 Hour Books also offers some additional services to help you, including:

Reformatting services: Our optional novel and book formatting service makes it easy to have your inside layout look like a bestseller.

Custom cover design: Choose from our economy Create-a-Cover service or our fully custom cover design service.


48 Hour Books is here to help

If you’re overwhelmed by the information before you, we have an even easier way to learn more while viewing our print options in person, Download our free Ultimate Guide sample book:

·       See the quality of our printing and binding

·       Explore our cover options

·       Follow the steps outlined for printing your book


We’re here to help in any way we can. Feel free to call us with your questions and a customer service rep will be happy to answer them! If you need help preparing your files, we can connect you with one of our expert pre-press techs. Contact us today to get started.

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