Frequently Asked Questions


We get a lot of questions because the vast majority of people we deal with have no prior experience with publishing. Here's some of the most common we see.



Is the process of getting a book published difficult?

It doesn't have to be. The process of getting a book published can be quite simple. At Art Bookbindery we are the company that is "empowering writers to self-publish™" by providing unparalleled customer  service and support, creative ability, technical information, and the highest quality book printing and binding; all at an affordable price. 


Is the hard cover option the best for my book?

While it is true that many people choose the hard cover option for their initial order of books, there are some advantages to producing certain types of books in paperback, saddle stitch (paperback with two staples at the spine), or coil bound formats. For example, a 20 page children's book would be ideally suited to the saddle stitch format while a family history book would be best suited to a more permanent hard cover binding. 



What is “Short Run” book production?  

“Short run” is a term used to describe printing in small quantity. As a short run book producer, we offer a minimum order of 50 hard cover copies or 200 paperback copies. Other popular options are coil binding and saddle stitch binding. The advantage of producing your book in short run is the ability to test market the book to assess its potential. It is no longer necessary for authors to order large quantities of books and expose themselves to unnecessary financial risk. 



Do I supply my own page layout? 

You have the choice of doing this yourself or having our designers prepare the page layout for you. Our fee for page layout ranges from $1.50 to $1.95 per page depending on the complexity of the layout. For step by step directions on preparing your page layout, click here.



Do you offer book cover design?  

Yes. Our designers  provide professional cover design at no additional cost to our customers who are having their books produced with us. If you require the cover design or page layout service on its own, click here.



How do I go about getting a copyright for my book?  

For complete information on obtaining copyright protection, ISBN numbers, bar codes, CIP, and a Library of Congress information, please click here. 



What is a proof?

A proof is a printout of your book's pages and cover design. The purpose of a proof is to check for errors before the job is printed. 



Do I receive a proof of my book? 

Yes. We will provide a proof copy of your book and cover image for your approval.



Where are you located?  

Our address is Suite 5-1377 Border Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba  Canada. R3H 0N1.



How long have you been in business?  

We have been in business since 1951. 





How do I submit my finished manuscript for printing?

For complete information on submitting a manuscript, please click here.





How long does the process take?  

Every job has its own unique set of variables, but generally, the process takes approximately 3-5 weeks.





Once I've had my book produced, is getting it re-printed difficult? 

No. Once your book has been produced, it is stored at our facilities as a digital file. A simple phone call is all it takes to have your book reprinted.





Do I maintain the rights to my book?  

Absolutely.  At no time do you ever lose the complete rights to your book. 





How much does it cost to produce each book?

The price of producing a book depends on the number of pages and the physical size of the finished book. To obtain an accurate quotation online, please click here. To receive an immediate quotation, please call us toll free at 1-866-944-2999.





My plan is to send you a PDF, which will have a size of 8.5" x 11" and have images printed to the edge of the page. Will you add margins to it, or will the page be the same as I sent it? 

The only time adjustments are needed is when the pages contain images which are printed to the very edge of the page. This is known as a full bleed page. If you plan to have any full bleed pages, it is important to set up all your pages (even those without full bleed printing) in the slightly larger 8 3/4" x 11 1/4" page size. The pages would then be trimmed back to the original 8 1/2" x 11" size. Keep in mind that the extra 1/8" of printed image will be trimmed away from each edge of the paper, so it is important not to have text  (or images that are important) too close to the very edge of the page.




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