Towering Chicago, Printing a Coloring Book at Bookmobile

Printing a coloring book at Bookmobile is an easy process. As a short-run digital printer offering many options and competitive pricing for black and white interior pages, we’re the perfect fit for coloring books. An excellent example we printed recently is Towering Chicago, an adult coloring book featuring images of iconic downtown Chicago scenes.

The Coloring Book

Based on the photographs of Katie Heupel, Towering Chicago brings a great 3-dimensional image to the flat book page. (Download a free coloring page here.) You can color the Fern Room at the Garfield Park Conservatory, the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago, the Loop skyline, and Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensat, among other places.

Towering Chicago is a square trim size, 10″ x 10″. The interior printed black ink only, 80 pages on 70-lb. offset white. We perfect bound the book with a 4-color cover on 10-pt. C1S stock with gloss lay-flat film lamination.

Keep at mind that we count pages (and two pages is one sheet of paper) whether you’re printing duplexed or not. Like Towering Chicago, many coloring books print on one side of the sheet only. So while this book has a page count of 80, we only printed 40 images—the backside/verso of each page was blank. At Bookmobile, that’s still 80 pages/40 sheets of paper.

Katie marketed Towering Chicago well before publication so she could take advantage of holiday sales. It was even featured in a Holiday Gift Guide from the Chicago Reader! The book is sold online at the Towering Chicago website and also in local independent stores. It’s been a great success—as soon as the first run was delivered, Katie was back for a quick reprint! Katie says,

As a first time independent publisher, I was so happy to work with Bookmobile—I reached out to several other printers for quotes, and none provided anything close to the the prompt responses and helpful guidance that Bookmobile did. The pricing was competitive and the turnaround times were reasonable. I have received several compliments on the quality of the printing and the quality of the paper. Bookstores who were not sure about whether they were interested in carrying it are immediately interested as soon as I put it in their hands and they see how beautifully done it is. Thank you Bookmobile!

Why Bookmobile for Printing a Coloring Book ?

Bookmobile provides custom book manufacturing; no cookie-cutter templates or trim sizes to adhere to here. We produce everything in house, and we only produce books. So the collected know-how of our experienced staff goes into every book we produce. Our minimum run is 25 copies—we could not maintain our high quality standards and breadth of options if we were only printing one copy of a book. From you, we require print-ready PDF files; our Support page will guide you on file prep and our color printing parameters.

For custom coloring books, we offer paper from 50- to 100-lb. in weight, white or natural. Most of the coloring books we print are on at least 60-lb. weight. For binding, we offer perfect binding, plastic spiral binding, and wire-o binding. Perforated paper is also available, but limited to 50- or 60-lb. white, a run of at least 100 copies, and a trim size that is 8-7/8″ x 10-3/4″ or smaller.

Interested in printing a coloring book? Contact me!