How much does it cost?

How much does it cost to have my book designed?

Access Publications Design charges for the service of taking your content and creating a print-ready electronic file that can be submitted to an on-demand printer. We are neither a publisher nor a printer. You choose the printer and we prepare the file for that printer.

Costs depend on several factors:

  • The number of pages;
  • The complexity of the design;
  • The number of images that must be scanned, if necessary;
  • Text keyboarding or scanning of printed text, if necessary;
  • Text proofreading, if requested;
  • Complexity of cover design;
  • Amount of time spent communicating with the client.

By working with APD, you have creative control over the appearance of your book. You are not forced to accept a generic design if you use APD. We work with the client to create the design of their book. This includes the typefaces, size of type, size of the book, position and size of graphics and photographs, and many other details.

The cost is negotiated before the client authorizes the project. Most clients will prefer a fixed-cost agreement. In such an agreement, the work to be done by APD is listed in detail. If the client later request a significant increase in the work required, the cost may be re-negotiated.

Each client will have different ideas of what they expect from their finished product, so it is difficult to predict the cost without a meeting.

A very simple book – a manuscript without images or graphics – would cost a minimum of $100. This would include a basic cover design and scanning of up to two images for the cover. One proof copy of the book would be included. The proof copy is an actual printed copy of the book as it would be delivered to anyone who ordered it. If APD makes errors in the proof copy, they will be corrected and an additional proof copy will be provided at no additional charge.

After the proof copy is accepted, the book will be available to anybody on-line for as long as you want it to be available. APD’s owner, Tim Wood, has produced books that have been available on-line for 12 years.

APD’s services are a good value because of the creative control and personalized service you receive.

How much will each book cost?

The printing cost depends on the format of the book (width and height), the number of pages, whether it is softcover or hardback, and if color is used on the inside pages.

Each on-demand printer’s prices vary. APD can help you get that information.

Take into consideration the cost of APD’s services. Let’s suppose you pay APD $200 for design services. You plan to buy 40 copies of your book for yourself and to give away.. The printer charges $10 per book, for a total of $400. Add in APD’s services and that’s a total of $600 for 40 copies, or $15 per copy. The more books you buy, the less the printer will charge per copy. Your overall cost also will go down as the cost of APD’s services is divided over a larger number of books.

If you offer your book to the public via on-line sales, you will set the price for your book. The difference between the price you set and the cost of printing is your profit per book. If your profit is four dollars per book and you pay APD $200, then you’ll recover your costs after 50 books are sold. (This doesn’t account for money spent on marketing and advertising your book.)


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