Book Printing: An Introductory Guide

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If you are an independent publisher, self-publisher, or commercial publisher that needs a proven book printer, Ink Asia is for you.

Ink Asia’s head office is in Sydney Australia and operates from a manufacturing plant in Shenzhen China. The team has been operating for over 15 years and is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about book printing. We print for publishers across Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Canada.

Why must I consider book printing in China?

We have found that our clients choose book printing in China for several reasons, including lower prices, more choice, and high quality. Offset book printing in Australia & New Zealand can be expensive, thanks to higher setup costs, especially if you are printing in full colour, adding embellishments such as special binding, foiling, embossing, or wanting a hardcover book.

Printing overseas is usually around 40% less expensive than book printing in Australia and New Zealand, even after factoring in shipping.

How does the quality of book printing compare?

Just because you are paying less doesn’t mean the quality of the print is compromised. Our plant is a purpose-built print production facility that works with state-of-the-art machinery. Our quality control team oversees each project to ensure the highest level of quality is met every time.

What are other advantages of book printing overseas?

Not only is offset printing more cost-effective, but it also opens up the options for ink, materials, and finishes at very little extra cost compared to printing in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA. Our machinery has sophisticated colour management systems that have helped several of our clients win gold and silver medals at the international ‘Independent Publisher Awards. We can also provide actual press proofs and bound samples.

What is the book printing process? How long does it take?

Once you have finalised your printing specifications you can email them to Our sales team will then provide you with a quote for approval. On acceptance of the quotation, we require print-ready PDF files to be supplied.  A PDF or digital proof will be supplied for approval and once approved, production will begin.

A detailed schedule is provided to the client with every order received. The timeframe can vary depending on the publication type and the quantity to be produced.

Who manages the freight to ship the books?

Freight is managed by our export team in Shenzhen, China. They manage all the paperwork, arrange the shipment, and can provide weekly schedule updates.

These are a couple of client preferred freight options:

Delivered At Place (DAP), Ink Asia manages delivery to your door with the client responsible for Duties/GST at the port of entry.

Free On Board (FOB), Ink Asia organises the goods to be transported to the port in Shenzhen

Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF), Ink Asia is responsible for managing the shipping and the buyer assumes full responsibility for the goods as soon as they reach the destination port.

Freight costs are always outlined in our quotes.

Why does Ink Asia’s expertise count?

Printing is expensive and Ink Asia’s expertise and experience will help ensure you get the right publication. We can provide book dummies, templates, and knife lines as well as advice on paper choices, trim sizes, file setup, deadlines, and the array of enhancements available.

Looking for prestige finishes or something ‘different’ our knowledge of leather and PU options and applications at our handcraft department will provide the answer.

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