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Self Published Book Printing

Affordable custom book printing for self publishers

First time self publishing a book?

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Quality self-publishing print services for 40+ years.

Some self publishing companies offer an agency-level service at a pupil-popping price to take your idea from start to finish. But at DocuCopies, we focus on print quality, affordability and speed of production. This creates the best overall value and experience for our self-published book printers.

We've served businesses, authors and more with their self published book printing needs for over 40 years. Our book binding services feature affordable, customizable options for self publishers in any industry or book genre.

We help creators bring their printing vision to life with popular products like self-published children's books, training books, novels, memoirs and more.

Choose a popular self-publishing service below to see book binding options, or go there now:
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Top Self-Published Book Printing Products:

Print training books for self publishing

Guides & Training Books

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From manufacturing to micro-gardening, we print training books for self publishers of all kinds. Print software training books, employee guides, field reference manuals and more.


Self publish children's book printing

Children's Books & Educational Material

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Independent authors and illustrators love DocuCopies for our child-friendly durable binding options, such as Spiral Binding and Saddle-stitch Booklets.


Cook book printing for self publishing

Cook Books / Family Recipes

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Share your culinary traditions with friends, family or the whole world. Grandma's Almond Chicken Salad is too good to keep all to yourself.


Self-publish comic book printing

Comic Books

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Not just for kids anymore, this fun medium can be creatively adapted by churches, schools and even businesses for conveying information. Saddle-stitched / stapled booklets are the standard.


Self publish graphic novels

Graphic Novels

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Graphic novels are typically longer and often more adult in nature than regular comic books. Self published graphic novels are most often perfect bound, rather than the saddle-stitch booklet binding commonly seen with shorter, episodic comic books.


School yearbook publishing

School Yearbooks

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Quality yearbook printing for K-12 schools, charter schools, private schools, home school groups and more.


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How to Self Publish a Book

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Printing your book is just one part of the self-publishing process.

6 Steps to Self Publishing a Book

Where are you in your self publishing project?

1. Write Your Book!

Know your material well before self publishing books for a mass audience. Research, write and re-write. You'll also save time and money by formatting it as close to "print-ready" as possible using a publishing software or word-processing software. Some examples are Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign and Apple Pages.

2. Get feedback from a friend or professional editor

This is a good time to Save or Export Your File to PDF. This will show you how the formatting will look when you're sending it to print. Review it to make sure it flows correctly.

You should also get a friend, relative or professional editor to read it and provide feedback. No matter how many times you proofread your copy, someone else will always catch something you didn't. Getting feedback can also help you flesh out problems with grammar, sentence structure or clarity.

3. Prepare your cover art and accompanying graphics

Many self publishers create their own book covers in-house. Other times, they have a friend put together a design. If neither of those are an option, consider looking for a local graphic designer or artist in your area, or go online to find a huge selection of freelance artists, photographers and graphic designers looking to bid on projects like yours.

4. Register ISBNs, copyrights, etc.

ISBNs are the international standard for identifying and cataloging books. We've provided some links below to help point you in the right direction. (DocuCopies is not affiliated with any of these companies and their services are provided merely for reference.)

If you're shipping books to a retailer or distributor (such as Amazon), you should also know their requirements for shipping/receiving, packaging and labeling. Make sure to include these details when printing your books.

5. Print and bind your self-published book with DocuCopies

Choose from our wide selection of paper options, covers and binding methods. We have smooth, glossy and specialty papers like metallic and linen stocks to help you customize your book's appearance and touch.

For more ideas on customizing your book, check out our article: 12 Custom Book Printing Ideas to Inspire You.

6. Distribute and Market Your Book!

Sell them online, gift them to clients, bring them to local bookstores, go on a speaking tour. There are lots of ways to promote your book, some of them free.

Send a press release about your new book to local news outlets. Since relatively few people write and publish books, this is always a newsworthy item for lifestyle and local-interest reporters. If your self-published book is about a specific topic, like crime, business or finance, you may find an audience at those news desks as well.

😊 What you'll find at DocuCopies:
  • High-quality book printing and binding that's affordable for self publishers of all kinds.
  • Friendly, skilled customer service to guide you in creating your self published book.
  • Flexible shipping, including free ground shipping to 1 location, quantity splits and individual, padded mailing.
☹️ Services we don't offer:
  • Hardcover Binding
  • Print-on-Demand (POD) / Fulfillment
  • This generally refers to single orders of one book sent to one customer at a time. We have a 6 book minimum, but encourage bulk orders for the best price value. We can then ship your books to retailers such as Amazon, who can store your books for on-demand fulfillment.

  • Full layout / design / typesetting
  • Unfortunately, the time involved in this would be cost prohibitive to you. While we can make minor edits and help with graphic design on request, we do not offer a full design of your self published book. We primarily specialize in printing and binding.

Self Publishing FAQ

How do I self publish my book?

There are a number of ways to publish your book. At DocuCopies, we handle the printing and binding. Check out our slideshow and list in the page above to learn about the other steps you'll need to take.

What's the difference between self printing and self publishing a book?

Self printing usually means you're literally printing it yourself at home, at a copy store or at a public library, for example. Self printers may use staples to bind pages together or may have access to another DIY binding process. A classic example of a self printed product is a "zine." The culture and ethos of [maga]zines centers around a do-it-yourself approach to publishing.

Self publishing is a broader term, which would include self printing. But this also covers basically any print project intended for some degree of specialized public readership or mass consumption which is not being printed, promoted and distributed by a publishing company. In other words, you are your own publishing company — no one's going to help you unless you hire them. We're here to help guarantee you get quality books printed fast and affordably. View the slideshow and checklist above to see what else you may need to do.

Can you bind my self printed book?

We can print and bind your self published book. But we cannot work with loose sheets that you've already printed yourself. We recommend against self-printing your book at home, as our professional digital printers can do it faster, cheaper and at a more consistent quality than you can achieve at home.

How much margin is needed for binding?

For most binding types, we recommend 0.5" margins on the binding edge. With stapled booklets, you don't actually need a margin on the binding edge, which can be useful if you have a photo that spreads across two pages. But for most stapled booklets, leaving a consistent 0.25" margin around each page will leave sufficient room for the binding and gutter.

How many pages can be printed in my self published book?

Hundreds of pages! The exact number will depend on the book binding you select and your paper type, but our automated price calculator will let you know if your page count is getting too thick.

Can you create custom size books?

Yes we can! Simply choose the next standard size up, then click Custom Size and enter your book dimensions. The calculator will update your book price automatically.

Stapled booklets have more limitations due to the staple placement and sheet size. For custom size saddle stitch booklets, choose the next size up, click Custom Quote on the order form, and request your custom dimensions in the Job Notes.

Will I receive a digital proof before you print my books?

In most cases, we do not automatically send a digital proof, so please request this in the notes if desired. We will send a link to your proof on our website, which displays it as it will layout -- with the pages on the left and right and binding in the middle -- so you can make sure everything looks correct with the sequencing and left-to-right orientation.

But there are some cases in which we must send a proof and receive approval before we can print:

  • Files which are not JPG, PNG or PDF
  • Any time you request file edits
  • If we happen to notice something that doesn't look right

Can I self publish with staples?

Saddle-stitch booklets use staples to fasten folded sheets together into a stapled booklet. This is often the least expensive and fastest way to have your book printed for self publishing.

Other binding options may be more appropriate for your needs, such as Perfect Binding (softcover/paperback book printing).

See all binding options here.

Can you mail out my books?

Yes! Simply click Bulk Mailing on the order form and choose "Mail in Padded Envelopes." Upload your mailing list with your print files at checkout. We will print and spiral bind each book, insert them individually in protective envelopes and mail them typically in 3-5 business days. The exact USPS service used will depend on each book's weight. Please note that this service may not include tracking information.

ISBN References:

ISBN
Registering for an ISBN is essential not just to help your book "stand and be counted" in the Library of Congress and elsewhere, but for managing retail sales and stocking, tracking distribution and readership, and copyright protection.

Bowker: http://www.isbn.org/  (recommended on the Library of Congress website)

Bowker Copyright & ISBN Information: https://www.myidentifiers.com/

ISBN Search: https://isbnsearch.org/

ISBN-Us: https://www.isbn-us.com/

Please note that DocuCopies.com is not affiliated with any of these companies, and their mention here is meant as a starting reference point rather than an endorsement.