Michigan State University

Publishing Services Book Pricing

Pricing for all books will be as follows:

Setup Fee

$10.00 Setup *

  • Staff will assess files for print readiness.
  • Each revision after the original setup will be charged $5.00.
  • Setup Fee is waived for currently enrolled MSU students.

*Additional formatting or consultation will be charged at a rate of $10.00 per quarter hour.

Per-Book Printing Costs

After the initial setup, each book is printed on a price-per-page basis:

  • Black and white interiors: Eight dollars base price plus two and one-half cents per page.
  • Color-printed interiors: additional ten cents per page.
  • Mixed B/W and Color interiors: additional ten cents per color-printed page. There may be an additional formatting costs if B/W pages are composite RGB or CMYK black.

Bulk Purchase Discount*

  • Orders of 20 or more copies will receive a 10% discount on printing costs.
  • Orders of 50 or more copies will receive a 20% discount on printing costs.
  • Orders of 100 or more copies will receive a 25% discount on printing costs.
  • Please submit files for bulk orders at least two business days before the books are needed.

* No discount will be given on set-up or design service fees.

Additional Options

Cover Design Consultation

Receive a comprehensive cover design to fit your content:

  • Forty dollars per hour, billed in quarter-hour increments.
  • Customers must provide photos, illustrations, and copy (such as book blurb, author biography, or reviewer quotes).
  • Staff will create the cover design.

Book Formatting and File Conversion Service

Staff can assist with publishing-related tasks, such as formatting the layout of books or file conversion.

  • Forty dollars per hour, billed in quarter-hour increments with a minimum of one hour.
  • Only available as time permits, at the discretion of publishing services staff.

Interior Paper Options

Different paper types are available:

  • Standard white paper: no additional charge
  • Cream-colored paper: additional $0.01 per page
  • Semi-gloss paper: additional $0.01 per page
  • Glossy photo stock: additional $0.03 per page
  • Customers may provide their own 8.5 x 11" paper, subject to a binding test.

Cover Paper Options

Gloss, semi-gloss, and matte cover stocks are available. There is no difference in price.