Are you an author interested in finding a children’s book printing service? Whether it’s your first book or you’re an experienced self-publisher simply exploring your options, Publishing Xpress can help create a final product you can be proud to offer.

We strive to make self-publishing children’s books a simple and straightforward process from start to finish. We’ll let you know how to submit your digital file, and check for errors before printing. Need a small or large quantity? It doesn’t matter—we can accommodate your needs as a leading online children’s book printing service. Our online calculators can give you an instant quote on your printing project:

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A children’s book printing service with great client service

Not every children’s book publishing company will handle your project with the care it deserves, so be sure to explore your options fully before deciding whom to work with. At Publishing Xpress, we pride ourselves on giving you great customer service from start to finish. We will guide you with worthwhile insights we have learned from past clients. One thing we can’t reiterate enough, be sure to write for your audience, the children! If you seem to be stuck with your project, we would definitely recommend reading the dummies guide to writing children’s books.

Self-publishing of children’s books tailored to your vision

As publishers of children’s books, Publishing Xpress tailors each project to our clients’ needs. When you talk with our customer service representatives, we’ll take the time to explain printing and binding options and answer any questions you may have about children’s book printing. To review some of our clients’ children’s books, take a look at our client spotlights on:

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Tips for Your Printing Project

While we have four binding options for books, most children’s books are either perfect bound or saddle stitched. So our tips for children’s books will assume you are using one of those two binding options. Consider these tips for your books:

  • Since children will be the main users of your book, you will want to make it as durable as possible. Most children’s books don’t have that many pages, so you can use heavier paper stocks to make the book more durable. For the inside pages, we would recommend 100# gloss or matte text stock, while the cover can be on 80# or 100# cover stock. We would also recommend laminating the book if you are perfect binding it. Not only does the lamination add some durability to the book, but gloss lamination will make the colors pop and soft-touch lamination has a velvety feel. We can’t laminate the covers of saddle stitch books. If you’d like to see the paper stocks for yourself before making a decision, order our free sample packet. It includes samples of all four of our binding options — perfect bound, plastic coil, saddle stitch, and wire-o. Plus, the plastic coil book has all of our paper stocks in it as well as samples of gloss and soft-touch lamination.
  • Many children’s books are printed with a landscape orientation. We are able to print perfect bound books at any size with a landscape orientation. Just be sure to check that option in the production details portion of our calculators. With saddle stitch binding, we can only print 6 x 9 inch books with a landscape orientation.
  • With perfect binding, about 1/8 of an inch of the page will get bound in the spine of the book. You need to be aware of this when laying out the book so that critical text or graphics don’t get caught in the spine of the book. If graphics are layed out correctly, most people will not notice that part of the graphic is in the spine of the book. But if a character’s face is right in the middle of the spread, that will be noticed. Just be sure to offset faces to the left or right of the center of the spread.
  • Due to the small number of pages in most children’s books, you may not be able to put the title of the book on the spine. The width of the book needs to be greater than 1/4 inch for words to fit easily on the spine. To determine the size of the spine of your book, use these calculations:For 60# uncoated text, 70# matte and gloss text stock, and 80# matte and gloss text stock:
    Number of pages divided by 440 = spine in inchesFor 70# uncoated text and 100# matte and gloss text stock:
    Number of pages divided by 370 = spine in inches
  • Most children’s books contain lots of images. Make sure that yours are high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and are converted to a CMYK (cyan-magenta-yellow-black) color profile. Computer graphics and illustrations are usually in a RGB (red-green-blue) color profit. Digital presses print with CMYK, so if your graphics are in RGB, the printer will convert the colors as best it can. You will be more confident that the colors are converting properly if you convert them yourself to CMYK.
  • Before submitting your children’s book for printing, have a few people take a look at it. When you have been working on a book for an extended time, you often won’t notice even simply typographical errors. It is better to have someone with fresh eyes take a look at it. They might notice obvious typos and give you some great insights on how to make the book better.

Contact us about kid’s book printing today

If you’re ready to learn how to self-publish a children’s book, please contact us today. You can call us at 1-877-977-3779, email us at help@publishingxpress.com, or chat with us online (our online chat feature appears in the right-hand corner of every page of our website) You might also want to check out our other book printing ideas. Our online printing company can help you turn your vision into a reality.

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