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Production Times

What's the turnaround time for book printing?

Can you print my book faster, if needed?

Here's what you need to know about the time to process an order.


Print Production Speeds

When you publish with ABP, your books are printed in 10 business days, max, or in as little as 2 business days (48 Hours).


ABP offers the following options for manufacturing time:

Normal (5-10 business days)

Rush (3-5 business days) add 10% to cost

Super Rush (2 business days) add 25% to cost


Important things to note about putting your book into production:


1. Turnaround times are based on PDF ready-to-print files being submitted.

2. Production speed is based on business days (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays)

3. Production time does not begin until the author has approved all proofs.

4. If you approve your proofs before 2 p.m. EDT on Monday and choose 2-day production, your order       will ship on Wednesday.

5. If you approve your proofs after 2 p.m. EDT on Monday and choose 2-day production, your order         will ship on Thursday.


Note that production time is separate from shipping time. In most cases it is cheaper to upgrade your production speed, instead of using overnight, 2nd day, or 3 day shipping. When selecting the upgraded shipping speeds it's like buying an airline ticket for your books and can get quite expensive.


Need Faster Book Printing Services

We will work with you to make sure that you get your books delivered for a book signing, event, or back orders you need to fulfill.

If you need your self-published book faster than our Super Rush printing production speed, we do offer a 24 hour or 1 day turnaround service. If you need this kind of service, please feel free to give us a call to make sure we can meet your publishing deadline.


Book Production Updates

As your self-published book moves through the book manufacturing process, we send you updates at every stage of the print production phases.

Updates that will be sent via email:


1. Order Received.

2. Emails about any technical issues with the book files.

3. When proofs are uploaded.

4. Estimated ship date once proofs are approved.

5. When the book is printing.

6. When the book is in Binding.

7. When the book ships along with the tracking number.


At ABP, we know how much work you have put into your book. Not only do we email you, but we will also give you a call when there is technical issue, or when we have uploaded proofs for your review. ABP believes that the author should know exactly where their book is at, during the book manufacturing process.

Have a question about production times with Affordable Book Printing? Call us at (800) 346-0371. Our friendly and helpful customer service agents are standing by.

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