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Pre-Press and Production Schedules for Book Printing

We make it easy to plan simple production schedules with friendly staff available for assistance.


Pre-Press Process

We have developed a pre-press process to explain how orders move through our pre-press department.

  • Files go through a custom filter that checks for common file issues (missing fonts, type that’s too close to the edge, low-resolution graphics etc.).
  • Your dedicated pre-press technician reviews the files and makes adjustments as needed to the sizing, layout, and design according to your order specifications. We'll contact you directly if we have questions or concerns regarding your file.
  • We create a PDF proof (Typically, PDF proofs are available one business day after we receive files, unless the files require significant work).
  • You approve your first PDF proof or request edits. Simple edits may take only a couple of hours, so watch your email. If you don’t see anything, give us a call.

You’re welcome to call for updates on your order or log on to your account to check the status.

Here's a short description of our order status designations:

STATUS WAITING FOR DESCRIPTION
Spec Sheet You We're waiting for files or instructions from you.
Pre-Press 48 Hour Books We're working on your files.
PDF Proof Signoff You We’re waiting for you to sign off on the PDF proof we sent.
Printed Proof Being Produced 48 Hour Books We’re printing and shipping your printed proof (if you ordered one).
Printed Proof is on its way 48 Hour Books Wait for your printed proof to be delivered.
Printed Proof Signoff You We’re waiting for you to approve the printed proof.
Approved but awaiting payment You We’re waiting for you to pay the balance, then we'll print your books.
Print 48 Hour Books We’re printing your full order. Order is locked; no changes can be made.
Bind 48 Hour Books Your books are printed and are being bound.
Shipping 48 Hour Books Your books are printed and bound and are being packaged and shipped.
Done or Closed   Your quick turnaround printing order is complete and has shipped out.
Need help? Contact us by phone, email or live chat.

Production Schedules

Production schedules help self-publishers plan for events, sales and other promotions. View our production schedules below for perfect bound (soft cover), case bound (hardcover) and coil bound books.

Expedited Shipping Options

In addition to our already quick production and shipping, we offer rush and super rush options.

You have three options:

  • Upgrade productions time (the time it takes to print and bind your books)
  • Upgrade shipping time (the time it takes for UPS to get books from 48 Hour Books to you)
  • Upgrade both production and shipping time

If you want to save a day or two, it's usually cheaper to upgrade production time. If you're not sure, just give us a call. We’ll work out all the scenarios and let you know the most economical option.


Perfect Bound Books Production Schedule

Below is a chart explaining our typical production time and then your expedited production options: rush and super rush. Some upgrades may increase production time.


Proof approved before deadline on...
Standard
(Approval deadline 5 p.m. EST),
Books Ship...
Rush *
(Approval deadline 3 p.m. EST),
Books Ship...
SuperRush *
(Approval deadline noon EST),
Books Ship...
Monday Wesnesday Tuesday * Monday *
Tuesday Thursday Wednesday * Tuesday *
Wednesday Friday Thursday * Wednesday *
Thursday Monday Friday * Thursday *
Friday Tuesday Monday * Friday *
Saturday, Sunday Wednesday Tuesday * Monday *
Perfect bound production schedule example:

If you approve your perfect bound book on Monday, we'll ship your books on Wednesday. You'll need to add shipping time to determine the arrival date of your books. Expedited shipping (Next-Day Air, 2nd Day Air) also is available.

*Please call for rush or super rush book printing. They are only available on a limited basis. Also, you'll need to give us enough time to get a PDF proof back to you so that you can approve it by 3 p.m. EST for rushes and by noon EST for super rushes.

Need help? Contact us by phone, email or live chat.

Hardcover and Coil Bound Books Production Schedule

Below is a chart explaining our typical production time and then your expedited production options: rush and super rush.

Hardcover book printing and coil binding takes slightly longer than perfect bound (soft cover). These books have a five-day production time, and then shipping time must be added to your production schedule. Some upgrades may increase production time.


Proof approved before deadline on...
Standard
(Approval deadline 5 p.m. EST),
Books Ship...
Rush *
(Approval deadline 3 p.m. EST),
Books Ship...
SuperRush *
(Approval deadline noon EST),
Books Ship...
Monday Monday Friday * Thursday *
Tuesday Tuesday Monday * Friday *
Wednesday Wednesday Tuesday * Monday *
Thursday Thursday Wednesday * Tuesday *
Friday Friday Thursday * Wednesday *
Saturday, Sunday Monday Friday * Thursday *
Hardcover (case bound) and coil bound production schedule example:

If you approve your hardcover(case bound) or coil bound books on Monday, we'll ship your books on the following Monday. You'll need to add shipping time to determine the arrival date of your books. Expedited shipping (Next-Day Air, 2nd Day Air) also is available.

*Please call for rush or super rush book printing. They are only available on a limited basis. Also, you'll need to give us enough time to get a PDF proof back to you so that you can approve it by 3 p.m. EST for rushes and by noon EST for super rushes.

Need help? Contact us by phone, email or live chat.


I've Seen Enough, Print My Books!

If you're ready to place your order, simply click the "PRINT MY BOOK" button. Then fill out a simple form that tells us about you, your book, and your shipping and payment information. After the order is placed, you'll be able to upload your files directly to us.

Print My Book