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How We're Different

Book Printing & Binding Serives

We want to help you become
a published author

You’ll see the difference between 48 Hour Books and other book printing and book binding services once you start working with us. But if you haven’t made your decision yet, here’s why you should choose to work with 48 Hour Books.

If you’re wondering how to get a book printed and bound, here are some distinct differences that make us the ideal self-publishing partner:

We're fast. We print softcover books in just 48 hours and shipping time to nearly anywhere in the U.S. is 2 days or less, which means books in your hands, faster.

We want to help. At 48 Hour Books, we’re known for customer service, and we like it that way. We want to help you become a self-published author, so we’re available and willing to help.

We print bookstore quality books. We print fast, but we don’t cut corners. Our in-house printing and binding operations allow us to control the quality, and our team is experienced in using our updated technology. We offer book design assistance as well.

We give you more. From Diamond 3D cover enhancements to free book templates and custom cover design, 48 Hour Books offers lots of extras to make the process quicker and easier. And you’ll love the end product.

With expert book printing and book binding services, 48 Hour Books can help you achieve your vision for your custom book.

Compare Our Book Printing & Binding Services to Our Competitors

Speed

48 Hour Books The Other Guys
Turn-around time for PDF Proofs Usually less than 24 hrs 3-15 Days
Production Time (Print & Bind) 48 Hours, or less 5-10 Days

 

Customer Service

48 Hour Books The Other Guys
Customer Service by Phone Yes, immediate response No
Customer Service by Online Chat YES, immediate response No
Customer Service by Email Yes, response in minutes Yes, response within two days
Easy Pricing Yes No
Easy Ordering Yes No
Dedicated Account Manager Yes No
Human Designer Checking Files Yes No

 

Quality

48 Hour Books The Other Guys
Bookstore Quality Yes Sometimes
PUR Adhesive (the strongest) Yes Sometimes

 

Extras

48 Hour Books The Other Guys
Diamond 3D Covers Yes No
Foil Hotstamping Yes No
Hard Cover Books & Dust Jackets Yes No
Cloth and Leather Covers Yes No
Reformat Like the Best Sellers Yes No
Create-a-Cover Cover Design Yes No

Other Benefits for Self-Publishers

We know finding the right partner for book printing and binding can be confusing. Our goal is to make every part of the process simple, with a team to support you. Here are other benefits we offer self-publishing authors:

Quick PDF Proofs

We can print a book from a PDF, developed from your files. You simply submit your files, then we make a PDF proof, typically within a few hours. Every order is different, so some proofs will take longer than others, such as reformatting jobs. Regardless, our goal is to get your PDF proof out as quickly as possible.

Simplified Production Schedules

Need your books quickly? We can make it happen. Our standard book printing and binding production time for perfect bound (softcover) books is two days. We offer five-day standard production time for coil bound and hardcover (case bound) books. If you need books really fast, we offer rush turnaround, which reduces any production schedule by a day. We also offer SuperRush turnaround, which saves two days on any production schedule (for instance, perfect bound books ship the same day).

Types of Book Publishing
Standard
Rush
Super Rush
Perfect Bound (paperback) 2 Days* 1 Day* Same Day*
Saddle Stitched 2 Days* 1 Day* Same Day*
Coil Bound 5 Days* 4 Days* 3 Days*
Case Bound (hardcover) 5 Days* 4 Days* 3 Days(

*After proof approval and payment in full

Find out more about our pre-press and production schedules.

Customer Service Options

You’ll find lots of ways to get in touch with our friendly customer service team. During regular business hours, we’re available by phone, email or online chat. Unlike our competitors, we try to answer emails within a few minutes, because nobody should have to wait two days for a response. Our responsiveness makes us a model for other businesses who try to imitate our book printing and binding services.

Need help? Call us now!

Easy Pricing

Get an instant quote for our book printing and binding services with our price calculator

Add as many options as you'd like and your price updates automatically.

Easy Ordering

Easily go straight from the price calculator to placing an order. If you have questions about any of our options, our "More Info" links explain it all. Or give us a call at 1-800-231-0521, and we'll be happy to help. If you'd prefer, we can even place the order for you.

Customer Service Rep

Dedicated Account Manager

When you create an account with 48 Hour Books, you get a dedicated customer service representative. Your dedicated account manager will be familiar with every aspect of your order, from specs and options to pricing and timing. You’ll talk to the same rep every time and feel confident your book is in excellent hands. Call us and we're happy to answer your questions!

Customer Service Rep

Designer Checking Files

One of our on-staff graphic designers will be your dedicated pre-press technician. They’ll check your files for layout or printing mistakes, set up proofs for your review, and handle any design or formatting requests. Call or email your dedicated pre-press technician at any point during the process to ask questions about your files.

EVA vs. PUR Adhesive

When choosing a book binding service, consider that most use EVA glue. This type of glue can get brittle and crack in cold temperatures or melt in extreme heat. Either way, the pages will start falling out. We only use PUR glue, which is significantly stronger than EVA. It lasts longer, looks better, and can withstand extreme heat and cold.

Diamond 3D Covers

We offer 3D printing that you can see and feel! Diamond 3D FOIL is a raised metallic foil coating that highlights elements of your book cover to catch the eye. Diamond 3D CLEAR is a clear, raised coating printed on top of your artwork to give it a high-gloss raised, 3D effect. Diamond 3D SMART TEXTURES coat your entire cover to imitate the feel of a non-paper cover (such as linen or leather).

Diamond 3D Covers

We offer 3D printing that you can see and feel! Diamond 3D FOIL is a raised metallic foil coating that highlights elements of your book cover to catch the eye. Diamond 3D CLEAR is a clear, raised coating printed on top of your artwork to give it a high-gloss raised, 3D effect. Diamond 3D SMART TEXTURES coat your entire cover to imitate the feel of a non-paper cover (such as linen or leather).

Foil Stamping

Our foil stamp print technique on cloth or leather covers helps your book really stand out from the crowd.

You can add a shiny, metallic finish in gold, silver, red, blue, white gloss, or black gloss to your book cover.

Hardcover and
Dust Jacket Options

With our 10-book minimum print option, you can offer your readers a premium version of your book, suitable for display as a coffee table book. For example, we can print your full order as hardcover books, or print some perfect bound and others hardcover with our split binding option ... it's up to you.

Cloth Book Cover & Leather Book Cover

Cloth and Leather Covers

Cloth or leather covers give books a rich, elegant look. With a cloth or leather book cover, you get heirloom quality in either hardcover or softcover book binding options.

See Cloth and Leather Covers
Cloth Book Cover & Leather Book Cover

Reformatting Like the
Best Sellers

Choose from a variety of best sellers, and we'll format your book to match their formatting. Why re-invent the wheel? If it worked for best-selling authors, it can work for you, too.

Create-a-cover

With our create-a-cover templates, you have an easy way to make a professional-looking, high-quality book cover. (We also provide custom book cover design as well.)

When you print with 48 Hour Books, the only thing you'll be left wondering is what to do with all of the time and energy you've saved!

Have questions?

When you choose 48 Hour Books as your book printer, we’ll be ready to help you every step of the way. It’s always direct and always easy.