The UK’s Book Printing Specialists

ImprintDigital is a leading digital book printing company based in the UK. With over 40 years of printing and binding experience, we pride ourselves on producing the highest-quality paperback and hardback books using state-of-the-art dry toner digital printing methods.

Whether you are a first-time publisher, an author looking to self-publish, or a veteran of the printing world, our experienced team is here to ensure that you receive the highest quality of service and finished books at an affordable price.

We can offer various book sizes, paper types, and cover stocks, including laminations and much more. Our hardback book printing is an area where we have made significant investments, and now we include thread-sewn binding for all hardback books, even from as little as a single copy.

From novel printing to journal printing, start your next printing project by using our Book Printing Quote Calculator below or contact us at info@imprintdigital.com

Why choose Imprint Digital?

  • Rapid turnaround time for all book printing services
  • Excellent customer service
  • A passionate and dedicated team
  • High-quality book printing at affordable prices
  • Extensive range of digital printing services
  • A range of sizes from A6-A4, including landscape
  • Hardback & Paperback book printing with a range of custom extras

As expert book printers, we all at ImprintDigital.com have a passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated attitude towards making high-quality books.

Colour

For vibrant and accurate results, design your artwork in CMYK Colour at a 300dpi image resolution. Remember, any RGB files uploaded will be automatically converted to CMYK by our system, which may alter some colours.

For the clearest printed text, set black text to 100% black only. If you’re working with greyscale images, ensure your artwork is in greyscale before uploading.

Bleed

To avoid unwanted white borders, add a 3mm bleed to each page and maintain a 3mm quiet area inside the page edges. For the binding edge, adjust the quiet area based on the binding type: 5mm for perfect bound, 8mm for hardback, and 12mm for wiro bound. Keep essential content out of these areas.

Cover

For saddle stitched and wiro bound books, include the cover in the PDF file in order (outside front cover, inside front cover, pages 3, 4, 5, etc., inside back cover, outside back cover).

For perfect bound and hardback books, you'll need two separate PDFs. One for the cover, including the front cover, spine, and back cover as a single spread. The second PDF should contain the inner pages in order.

Lamination

We recommend laminating your hardback book covers to prevent cracking when wrapping the cover around the case, ensuring durability and a polished finish.

Binding

We offer four binding options: saddle stitched (stapled), perfect bound, wiro bound, and hardback. Binding choices may depend on the number of pages in your book. Fewer pages might necessitate saddle-stitched binding, while a larger page count may require perfect binding.

Spine for Perfect Bound & Hardback

For perfect bound or hardback books, include the spine in your cover design. Our online system calculates the spine width based on the number of pages, which is visible at the bottom of the file upload screen. Don’t upload a separate spine file; instead, include it in the single cover spread.

Hardback Book Covers

A hardback book cover is different from other products. Design a single spread including the front cover, spine, and back cover with 5mm hinges on either side of the spine and extra coverage to wrap around the case.

For hardback covers, add a 20mm bleed around the edges. This allows your cover design to wrap around to the inside of the cover.

Our system calculates the spine width as you add pages to your order. We ask for a 20mm bleed at the top and bottom of the spine and 5mm bleed area hinges on either side. Upload a single cover design file including the front cover, spine, and back cover in one spread.

Total Hardcover Width with Bleed

Here's the formula for your cover dimensions: 20mm bleed + front cover width + 5mm hinge + spine width + 5mm hinge + back cover width + 20mm bleed. Don’t forget the 20mm bleed at the top and bottom. Our system will generate a proof for you once your artwork is set up correctly.

Hardcover Quiet Area

For hardcovers, leave an 8mm quiet area around the edge to ensure a clean and professional look.

Endpapers

Endpapers attach the cover to the book’s interior. You can choose from various types. If you need printed endpapers, contact our customer service team for assistance.

File Upload Guidelines

  • Staple Bound or Wiro Bound Books: Provide a single PDF containing all pages in order, as single pages, not spreads.
  • Perfect Bound or Hardback Books: Upload two PDFs – a Cover file (front cover, spine, back cover as a spread) and an Inner file (all pages in order as single pages).
  • File Size: Maximum upload size is 2GB. Contact us if your file exceeds this size.

Ensure all fonts are embedded in your PDF file.

Completing Your Order

Before finalising your order, verify that your artwork is the correct size and includes the right number of pages. Pages must be added in multiples of four. If necessary, add blank pages to meet this requirement. Thoroughly check your proof before completing your order.