The BookPrint Story

BookPrint was established to help you produce books – having this core specialty makes the business more knowledgeable and more efficient than your traditional commercial printer. This gives BookPrint a competitive point of difference which keeps its people in full time work, so thank you.  For you, it provides a great cost advantage, speedy delivery advantage, and a quality advantage!

BookPrint Ltd was incorporated in April 2013 after being soft launched one year earlier as a sub-brand of Copy Colour Ltd which itself was established in 1990. This came about after it’s founder Timmy worked on several book jobs within Copy Colour (his father’s business) and discovered a need amongst businesses and authors to have a trusted and knowledgeable partner to work with producing their books.

Like all good kiwi businesses, it originally operated from a converted garage/basement, but now has a fantastic library / showroom and production space in Unsworth Heights.

Meet David your first contact

David has overall responsibility for BookPrint and for customer service. He will gladly discuss design options for those considering this service, and when ready for print will help you choose paper stocks, specify other features of your book, and answer your questions.  David will also provide you with a quote, invoice, and can place your book in the production schedule.  

Before joining BookPrint, David ran the Copy Colour boutique commercial printing business for 10 years, and before that spent a much more stressful 20 years in strategy, development and management roles within Fletcher Building’s various operations.  He also somehow finds time now to oversee mychillybin – a commercial photo library of authentic NZ images.  David will organise your book.

Started with short-run book printing ...

The vision at the beginning was to help people by offering them a short-run book printing service. This is a relatively new market – made possible by advances in digital printing technology and short-run binding.  These advances make it a fascinating time in both the print and book industry.  Traditional book publishing would produce tens of thousands of books, put them in warehouses and ship them around the world. They would then; sell, not sell, get discounted or recycled. Short-run printing is in the middle of reforming publishing and enabling many more authors to get into print.

Meet Will, our master book printer for both short and long runs.

Serendipitously, Will walked into BookPrint looking for a job – to support his family’s move to Aotearoa and become Kiwis.  He had previously completed a university printing degree and worked for the large specialised Amity Printing Company in China. Given his industry expertise, commitment, enthusiasm, and offshore print supplies and printing contacts he not only joined the team that day, but along with his wife Kat have now become partners in the business too.  

Will is responsible for BookPrint’s quality-managed offshore printing and supply process, including customer liaison. In addition, he has overall responsibility for local book printing and book binding operations, so he is busy.  Will and his team will make your book.

Then added long-run book printing as well ...

BookPrint prints books in-house ranging in volume from single digits through to a couple of thousand. Whilst this was the original vision it became apparent there was a need for a knowledgeable and reliable partner to supply customers who needed higher volumes and/or very special specification books. Since launching this long-run service various offshore printers across China and South Korea have been carefully selected for their specific capabilities with particular book types, and their reliability.  These now regular print partners, along with the multipoint quality managed process used, enable the fantastic long-run service – helping you get long-run printing with minimal risk.

Meet Kat, our logistics lead, and a short-run book printer.

Kat followed Will to New Zealand and to BookPrint, and as the business continued to grow, has now joined the team full time.  Kat brings her logistic qualifications from the China Shippers Association, and her in depth experience managing inbound and outbound logistics for a large offshore book printer.  Her incredible attention to detail, superb commitment to quality, and ability to make things happen mean that she is now responsible for a growing list of local book printing and book binding tasks, in addition to inbound and outbound logistics. Kat will supply your books.

Bookshop quality. Book design matters.

Even with fantastic printing (if we say so ourselves) some books can still end up looking pretty average.  It was soon recognised that not everyone is an expert in book design, so BookPrint up-skilled and grew the team and started offering options for cover design, and for internal page layout / typesetting. 

It has been a pleasure to work together with authors who choose this service, to increase the calibre of work produced. After all, first impressions count, and you see a book cover and glance inside before you read it. So the look is crucial to success whether it is a business comms piece, family history, or a book for sale. Check out BookPrint’s typesetting costs, cover design packages or get in touch to discuss something unique like catalogue or cook book design.

Meet Amy your Designer

Amy is a detail orientated Wonder Woman with a wide-ranging background including being an accomplished commercial caterer and a high-energy kids dance teacher. She combines this energy with her enthusiasm for great-looking well-built books. Her specialised knowledge of both book design and production keep the creative design cogs turning efficiently, for an outstanding yet cost-effective result.

After working alongside her husband to start BookPrint back in 2013, she then took on the role of Director and managed BookPrint through some exciting, but also exhausting, early growth years.  Sustained further growth in the business now means Amy can focus exclusively on her highest passion – book design and typesetting / layout.  She does this remotely from idyllic Wanaka –  producing excellent design and layout work, and offering fabulous service.  Amy can design your book.

Great meeting you.

Well, now you know a little bit more about us – it would be great to get to know you too.  So drop us a line and let’s make something amazing together.

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  • If you are a talker give us a call on 09 443 1775
  • Or if you are local, book an appointment to come in, have a chat, and browse our collection of printed books.