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Short Run Book Printing

In today’s world, with the advancement of short run book printing, one of the major benefits is that you can produce your own book, whether it is a family history, poetry book, or a school yearbook.

Denver Bookbinding Company can provide the hard cover binding from the printed and collated pages that you provide. We can use all types of materials for the covers from canvas-based bookbinding cloth to printed laminated covers.


  • Pricing is based upon quantity.
  • Pricing starts at one book up to 1,000 books.
  • Pricing for over 50 books is done on an individual basis and is contingent upon what you want as a product.

To get a no cost, no obligation estimate for your short-run printing project, check out our Get Estimate form.

Short Run Checklist

  • Margins: The minimums are 1/2 inch in inner margin and 1/4 inch on top/bottom/front. The bindery makes a final trim of 1/8 inch on the top, bottom and front edges.
  • Recommended page margins are 1 1/4 inch in inner margin and 1 1/8-inch top/bottom/front.
  • Do you want acid-free paper?
  • Is the grain of the page running parallel to the bind edge?
  • If the grain is running side to side (short grain) books must be sewn (up charged service).
  • If the grain is running top to bottom (long grain) gluing may be an option (saves money).
  • If you print double-sided, 60-pound weight paper is a recommended weight. If it is lighter, the ink will show through from the other side.
  • Endpapers must be 80- or 100-pound cougar opaque.
  • Have you communicated well with your book printer and book binder?
  • What type of material do you want to use?

Our Types of Material to Use

Library Buckram

Canvas-based material with a shiny finish. Available in 20 colors.

Imitation Leather

Cotton-based material with a two-tone color or grained pattern. Limited availability


Cotton-based material with a matte finish. Limited availability

Natural Leather

Natural leather-based material used on printing.

Need an Estimate On Your Short Run Printing Needs?

To get started, Please click the button below to get a no-obligation estimate cost for your project.

What Our Clients Say

I searched for a bookbinding company to make a book for my son, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the USMC. I had his letters and pictures of his platoons from his days at Parris Island through OCS, Ramadi and Helmand Province--and a Bronze Star (V). I am so fortunate we found Gail and Denver Bookbinding. Gail guided me through the process, selecting the cover material, the alignment and then produced 4 copies of the book at an incredibly fair price. My son, his sister and mother each received a copy--they are lifetime heirlooms. My son said: "Now my children will know what I did in the Corps and my relationship with my dad." We all thank Gail and her team.
David Branson

In 2008 we ordered numerous family tree books to be bound....this company was wonderful to work with and our books were done at time they said they would be. Very impressed with their work!

Linda Lippert

Very friendly staff. This place has done an excellent job in preserving my professional journals for many years.

Richard Brundige

Great staff and an incredible product! We visited on pi day (March 14th) and as we walkef in the door were quickly offered wonderful choices of delicious pies. From there they passionately answered our questions and got us the materials we needed. Thanks Denver Book Binding!

Beau Palin

Denver Bookbinding and the Second Story Event Space is a great place to hold an event at. I had my baby shower there and felt nothing but welcomed onto their property. There is plenty of parking and it is very open and spacious. I even had Denver Bookbindings employees help me with setting up the tables and chairs. I would highly reccomend this event center to all my friends and family.

Ann Lindley

Excellent work always listen to what I want and make better suggestion than what I was thinking. I have several more books to have binding down, will only deal with Denver bookbonders.

Wayne Pennington
Loved the spot, really nice atmosphere with comfy sofa chairs and a large bookcase full of books, they had a dog named Apollo that walked right up to me and everyone there was super nice.
Matthew Wilburn