Thanks to the Toronto Public Library, self-publishers in Toronto have a new option for getting their books to readers.
Asquith Press Book Printing Service, located in the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library, now offers authors the opportunity to design and print bookstore quality paperback books.
The press not only prints, assembles, glues, and cuts your book down to exact size, they also offer workshops and information sessions to teach would-be publishers everything he or she needs to learn how to design a professional looking book.
Printing fees are
- $25.00 setup (per print job)
- $6.00 per book
- $0.04 (4 cents) per page (including blank pages)
The library charges a $25 set-up fee, plus $6 per book and four cents per page, including blank pages, for use of the press. At those rates, 10 copies of a 150-page book would cost a very reasonable $145 plus tax.
With options for glossy or matte covers, white or cream pages, and from 40 to 800 pages, as well as a proof copy before your final product is printed, it is a cost effective way for small or independent publishers to get their book to print. Books are usually ready for pick-up in 5-10 business days.
Step-by-step instructions and downloadable templates can be found at the Toronto Library website.
Interest in the July classes has been high, with the 1-hour information sessions and 2-hour instructional workshops full quite quickly. There is a link for interested parties to put their names on the waiting list, however, you will only be contacted if a spot in the class opens up.
Another option is to contact the Digital Innovation Hub.
Preparing your content for printing ahead of time is suggested using the Book Printing Guide For Authors (PDF) available as a free download.
For more information, to schedule an appointment or one of the information sessions, call 416-393-7007 or email AsquithPress@torontopubliclibrary.ca.