Offshore Book Printer FAQ

Common questions for the offshore book printer

We manufacture a wide range of products including hardcover and soft cover books, catalogs, journals, directories, calendars, bibles, educational books, paper and vinyl bags, board games, and graphic novels, to name a few. While we specialize in full color books from offshore book printers, we have a growing list of US vendors that are more competitive on digital book printing and books with 1-color inside pages.

How much can I save if I print in China?

A 25-40% discount printing with G-Print is very common according to the feedback from our customers. The complexity of the project and the quantity are two important factors in the ultimate cost of the project.

Is there any size job that would be considered too small?

We’re best able to deliver meaningful cost savings when a project is at least $6,000.00 (U.S.) in total investment, when printing in Hong Kong or China. Most of our work exceeds that level, but many do not. If in doubt, call us! We’re always happy to discuss an idea to see if G-Print is a good fit for your project.

How long will an overseas printing job take from start to finish?

From proof approval to final delivery, the turnaround is normally between 7-9 weeks depending on the nature of the project and final destination. If the project is small enough that we can ship via air, the turnaround is about 3 weeks to anywhere in North America. For our typical project, ocean freight is the most economical way to ship. We will advise you of the turnaround once we know the nature of your project, so that you will be completely sure if your project schedule is suitable for offshore book printing.

What kind of file format do you accept for printing?

We strongly recommend providing print-ready PDFs created in any of the following popular desktop publishing programs:

  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe In Design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Acrobat

Our File Prep Guide will tell you all you need to know to help us produce a trouble-free proper end result in good time.

What kind of proofing do you provide?

We offer several types of proof, depending on your desired level of color accuracy:

  • PDF (soft proof) – viewable on your monitor. It will show content and basic color. Fast and least expensive.
  • Ozalid (sometimes called digital blueline) – Low-resolution hard proof. It will show paginated content and basic color. Least expensive of the hard proofs.
  • Epson high-res (hard proof) – High-resolution hard proof. It will show paginated content, image resolution and color accuracy fine enough for 95% of our projects. Mid-priced option of the hard proofs.
  • Press Proof (hard proof) – This is an actual plated, offset-printed sheet. There is not a more accurate way of proofing your color. Most expensive option of the hard proofs.

Does your price include air/ocean freight and Customs fees?

Yes. Unless otherwise requested, most of our quoted prices are based on door-to-door delivery. Ocean freight charges and customs-related fees are included with the exception of random Customs exam fees. We are able to ship your order almost anywhere in the world. So whether you are shipping to your main office in Pittsburgh or to your branch offices in Paris and London, we can deliver your order promptly and in the most cost-effective manner.

What are your terms?

While we consider our quality and service to be anything but common, our terms are based on standard credit terms of the international book printing industry.

First, we get started once we’ve received the 50% deposit for your job. The balance is paid upon your approval of an advance copy in order for your bulk shipment to leave the overseas port.

Since our clients provide the artwork on which the finished printed product is based, they are 100% responsible for the accuracy of their content. Proofs will be emailed or delivered and must receive client sign-off before production begins. Final quantity shipped and billed will be within five percent above or below the original order.

Of course, we trust that all artwork submitted by the client is in full compliance with the laws governing copyright and/or trademark, and G-Print will assume no liability should that not be the case.

That covers the key points. Our contract is, naturally, a bit more detailed, but for the most part it’s straightforward. If you’re evaluating overseas book printing vendors and you want to see our actual documents, please just let us know and we’ll be happy to share and discuss everything with you.

Ultimately, we aim to make sure you’re completely aware of – and comfortable with – how we do business.

Where are your facilities?

Our original thrust was printing in China, but we soon learned that different countries had definite specialties, and we made the appropriate connections by visiting these plants and seeing their operations first hand. Now we have sources printing in Hong Kong, Canada, and Korea.

We are also proud to say that we maintain a healthy stable of top-notch offshore book printers here in the good old USA for clients with faster turnaround needs that cannot be met through offshore book printing.