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Cheap paperback book printing UK

Paperback book printing in the UK.

Paperback books are the most commonly ordered type of book.

Sometimes known as softback, soft-bound or perfect-bound, paperback books are the perfect option for novels, children’s books and biographies.

There are many advantages to choosing paperback books:

  • Cost effective despite having a professional feel and appearance.
  • Quick to print in low or high volumes.
  • Easy and cost-effective to proof.
  • Durable and portable.

At CLOC BOOK PRINT, we produce more than 2,000,000 paperback books each year – we cannot get enough of them!

Paperback books are easy to print in any of the standard sizes such as A6, A5, A4, Royal, B-sizes or any custom size you can think of! What size exactly is up to you!

Use our instant quote calculator to find out how much your paperback books will cost – it works for all standard sizes and if you have a custom sized item, simply submit an RFQ via the site, via email or by phone 020 8801 6983 and we will get straight back to you.

Deciding whether to choose colour or mono printing is a personal choice.

The general rule is that if the text content in your paperback is almost entirely black and white, selecting mono should not affect the overall performance of your paperback book and will save you money – use our instant calculator to check! That being said, sometimes saving money is less important than achieving the look you desire, after all, colour images and text look a lot better in colour than they do in mono.

With most printers, there is a shocking difference between the price of mono and colour paperbacks, but CLOC BOOK PRINT are not most printers.

We are the UK’s cheapest for a whole host of print specifications and it is therefore always worth checking the instant quote calculator – you may be surprised to find that fully colour printed paperback books are within your budget.

Now for the boring bit – even the mighty paperback has its limitations.

The binding method, known as perfect binding, uses glue to bond the pages and cover together. Whilst this gluing process is fantastic and durable, it does have its limitations.

If your paperback book has too few sheets, there will not be sufficient surface area for the glue to bind to. The minimum on our binding machinery is 15 leaves, that is 30 printed sides if you’re printing double-sided and is also just about the lowest sheet count, you’ll find anywhere in the UK for paperback books.

If you have fewer sheets, do not worry, we offer both booklets and coil-bound books which are ideal alternatives as they are suitable binding options for very low page counts.

It is essential that you correctly setup the artwork for your paperback. ‘Artwork’ refers to the file or files that you send us for printing.

Text – If your ‘text’ pages (everything other than the cover) do not need to be printed to the edge of the sheet, as you would expect for a novel, we recommend that you leave a margin of at least 20mm all the way around the edge. If your ‘text’ section does require printing to the edge of the sheet as you would expect for a book with lots of background images, we recommend that you add at least 3mm of bleed to each edge.

What’s bleed? Well… just like your desktop printer at home, our fancy production printers do not like to print all the way to the edge of the sheet. To ensure that print runs all the way to the edge on your paperback book, please supply artwork that is 3mm larger all the way around than your finished document size. If you want an A4 (297mm x 210mm) paperback book, each text page will need to be 306 x 216 mm instead. We will then print this onto a large sheet and trim it back to A4 size with our huge guillotines. You will lose whatever is printed in the additional 3mm bleed section, but the finished item will be A4 in size and have colour all the way to the edge of the sheet. If you are unsure with regards to setting up your artwork for bleed, just speak to the team – we are on hand to help!

Cover – Paperback covers provide an exciting opportunity when it comes to design. As a paperback book has a wraparound cover, i.e., the back cover, front cover and spine are all printed on the same sheet, clever designers can use wrap around designs to elevate the books aesthetical appeal.

This means that the spine can also be printed on – especially useful when your paperback book is likely to find itself on a bookshelf.

When setting up your artwork for spine printing, you will need to know how thick the spine will be – ask one of our team on 020 8801 6983 or by emailing

Why choose CLOC for your paperback book printing needs?



Over the past 40 years CLOC has become one of the premier paperback book printers in the UK. In 2015, we printed more than 5,000,000 books in-house, in London, in the UK. We use state of the art equipment and know every single trick of the trade when it comes to ensuring our customers get the very best quality available. From the very small self-publisher who needs just 1 copy of a very personal book, right through to the large publishing house that needs 1,000s of copies of 10 volume encyclopaedias – it’s just as an average week at CLOC.



We are the paperback book printer that prevents all other printers from writing ‘We’ll match any other quote’ on their website. For a wide spectrum of highly desirable print specifications, we are regularly benchmarked as the cheapest printer in the UK. CLOC is an extremely efficient business, with comparably low overheads for a company of our size. This streamlined ethos allows us to sell print quite often below what it costs other printers to even produce. After 40 years, our family-run business realises that maintaining customers long term by keeping margins very low is the key to being in business for another 40 years. Our instant quote calculator is simple and easy to use but if you can’t find what you’re looking for or need a more bespoke paperback quote, don’t hesitate to get in touch on 020 8801 6983 or by emailing



Regardless of how cheap our printed paperback books are, it would be irrelevant if the quality didn’t stack up. Here at CLOC we are multi-award-winning in the field of quality and are accredited to the International Standard on Quality, ISO 9001. We utilise some of the very best printing and print finishing technology, only use premium paper and card and have a process-checking stage that will ensure that your paperback book is signed out of every production section and by an Account Manager before it ever reaches you. We also offer a comprehensive proofing service where we effectively print and bind a single copy of your paperback book so that you’ll know precisely what it will look and feel like before you press go for the rest of the order. Customers can rest-assured, if CLOC makes a mistake with your paperback books, we’ll put it right for you. We’re a family-run business that’s big enough to cope but small enough to care. In fact, several of our customers have used CLOC for their paperback printing needs for over 25 years!



CLOC cares about the environment – BIG TIME! In fact, we’ve collected no fewer than 6 National Awards and 3 International Awards over the past 8 years, as well as being accredited to both ISO 14001 (the International Standard on Environmental matters) and The Forest Stewardship Council. Our absolute crowning achievement was when we were presented with the Green Apple Award at the House of Commons – that is till we won it the year after and then again 2 years after that!   Choosing CLOC for your paperback books is a positive way of demonstrating just how much you care are about the environment. Our on-hand team are experts at ensuring your books reach the gold-standard in environmental performance. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice and we’ll recommend paper, print options and finishes that will elevate your products way beyond your initial eco-goals.