Price comparison of PhD thesis / dissertation printing companies
Prijsvergelijking voor het drukken van een proefschrift / dissertatie

Please read the disclaimer before using the list. With help from Josine Rawee, I have obtained the prices in March 2017 according to the order configuration listed below. You can sort and filter the list to your liking. Hold [shift] to sort on multiple columns. For a fair comparison (other companies may offer a discount after inquiry), discounts are not taken into account in the price per copy.

Company Printing method Binding method Cost for 100 (1x) Cost for 200 (1x) Cost for 400 (1x) Additional discount Remarks
Holland Ridderkerk Print Sewn€ 588
(€ 5.88)
€ 1047
(€ 5.24)
€ 1968
(€ 4.92)
Drukkerij Mostert Offset Sewn€ 1574
(€ 15.74)
€ 1884
(€ 9.42)
€ 2524
(€ 6.31)
NetzoDruk Groningen Print Glued€ 970
(€ 6.20)
€ 1104
(€ 5.52)
€ 2074
(€ 5.19)
NetzoDruk Groningen Indigo Glued€ 1150
(€ 11.50)
€ 1866
(€ 9.33)
€ 3260
(€ 8.15)
NetzoDruk Groningen Print Sewn€ 1367
(€ 1.37)
€ 2263
(€ 1.14)
€ 3980
(€ 9.95)
NetzoDruk Groningen Indigo Sewn€ 1548
(€ 1.55)
€ 2608
(€ 13.04)
€ 4648
(€ 11.62)
Ridderprint Print Glued€ 646
(€ 6.46)
€ 1117
(€ 5.59)
€ 2062
(€ 5.15)
10% RUG korting[read info]
Ridderprint Print Sewn€ 767
(€ 7.67)
€ 1319
(€ 6.59)
€ 2443
(€ 6.11)
10% RUG korting[read info]
Gildeprint Print Glued€ 1126
(€ 11.26)
€ 1550
(€ 7.75)
€ 2398
(€ 5.99)
10% (RUG)[read info]
Uitgeverij U2pi (jouwboek.nl) Print Glued€ 708
(€ 7.08)
€ 1135
(€ 5.68)
€ 2175
(€ 5.44)
Uitgeverij U2pi (jouwboek.nl) Print Sewn€ 798
(€ 7.98)
€ 1295
(€ 6.48)
€ 2455
(€ 6.14)
Ipskamp Drukkers Print Glued€ 726
(€ 7.26)
€ 1123
(€ 5.61)
€ 1918
(€ 4.79)
7.5% RUG korting
Ipskamp Drukkers Offset Sewn€ 2067
(€ 20.67)
€ 2247
(€ 11.24)
€ 2624
(€ 6.56)
PrintSupport 4U Print Glued€ 466
(€ 4.66)
€ 912
(€ 4.56)
€ 1495
(€ 3.74)
PrintSupport 4U Offset Sewn€ 1346
(€ 13.46)
€ 1468
(€ 7.34)
€ 1712
(€ 4.28)
Eburon Print Glued€ 1175
(€ 1.18)
€ 1695
(€ 8.48)
€ 2480
(€ 6.20)
Eburon Print Sewn€ 1330
(€ 13.30)
€ 1895
(€ 9.48)
€ 2785
(€ 6.96)
Optima Print Glued€ 896
(€ 8.96)
€ 1330
(€ 6.65)
€ 2200
(€ 5.50)
6% RUG[read info]
Drukkerij van der Eems Indigo Glued€ 1452
(€ 14.52)
Drukkerij van der Eems Offset Sewn€ 2375
(€ 11.88)
€ 3193
(€ 7.98)
Haveka (via F&N Boekservice) Indigo Glued€ 525
(€ 5.25)
€ 938
(€ 4.69)
€ 1829
(€ 4.57)
Haveka (via F&N Boekservice) Indigo Sewn€ 869
(€ 8.69)
€ 1585
(€ 7.92)
€ 3017
(€ 7.54)
GVO / Ponsen & Looijen Print Glued€ 671
(€ 6.71)
€ 1133
(€ 5.67)
€ 2050
(€ 5.13)
10% (Gopher/RUG)
GVO / Ponsen & Looijen Print Sewn€ 775
(€ 7.75)
€ 1325
(€ 6.62)
€ 2425
(€ 6.06)
book: 10%, binding: 25% (Gopher/RUG)
GVO / Ponsen & Looijen Offset Glued€ 1600
(€ 16.00)
€ 1750
(€ 8.75)
€ 2177
(€ 5.44)
10% (Gopher/RUG)
GVO / Ponsen & Looijen Offset Sewn€ 1700
(€ 17.00)
€ 1950
(€ 9.75)
€ 2390
(€ 5.97)
book: 10%, binding: 25% (Gopher/RUG)
Off Page Offset Sewn€ 1889
(€ 9.45)
€ 2175
(€ 5.44)
5% (RUG)[read info]
Off Page Print Sewn€ 1030
(€ 10.30)
€ 1472
(€ 7.36)
€ 2422
(€ 6.06)
5% (RUG)[read info]
Off Page Print Glued€ 957
(€ 9.57)
€ 1328
(€ 6.64)
€ 2073
(€ 5.18)
5% (RUG)[read info]
Print Service Ede (proefschriftenprinten) Print Glued€ 694
(€ 6.94)
€ 1206
(€ 6.03)
€ 2177
(€ 5.44)
Proefschrift AIO Print Glued€ 688
(€ 6.88)
€ 1214
(€ 6.07)
€ 2266
(€ 5.67)
Proefschrift AIO Offset Sewn€ 2067
(€ 5.17)
Proefschriftmaken Print Glued€ 873
(€ 8.73)
€ 1307
(€ 6.53)
€ 2121
(€ 5.30)
For 5 people, a discount of €200 (ex. VAT) per person is offered. Basic cover design costs € 50 (ex VAT).
Drukbedrijf.nl Print Glued€ 742
(€ 7.42)
€ 1261
(€ 6.31)
€ 1802
(€ 4.50)
Drukbedrijf.nl Indigo Glued€ 1140
(€ 11.40)
€ 1590
(€ 7.95)
€ 2226
(€ 5.57)

Disclaimer

I have created this list mainly for my own convenience. You are welcome to use it, but do not blame me if the company you chose is not to your liking or I have made an error in the list. Note that the prices published on this website were obtained in March 2017 and these may differ at present. Furthermore, I did not assess the quality of the printed theses. If you want to print with a company always ask them to send an example thesis, so you can judge the quality for yourself.

If you are the owner/representative of a printing company and want to be removed or added to this list or update your prices or add a discount, feel free to contact me. If you want to be added to this list, or update your prices, please adhere precisely to the order configuration. While it may be tempting to lower your prices for this specific configuration in order to be somewhat cheaper than another company, please refrain from doing so. I may ask quotes again in the future for a slightly different configuration and unrealistically high price differences are probably not desirable.

Order configuration

The prices were obtained in March 2017 and include the following:

Additional information

Free ISBN number

PhD students of the university of Groningen can obtain an ISBN number for their thesis for free via the University Library.

Subsidies for publishing the dissertation

PhD students of the university of Groningen can obtain a subsidy of €750 for printing the dissertation. In addition, most of the faculties of the university offer additional funding. It therefore makes sense to inform if your faculty also offers a subsidy for printing the dissertation.

Important remark about number of copies

According to the printing industry delivery terms and conditions, a printing company is allowed to deviate 10% from the agreed number of copies. So if you order 200 copies, you could receive between 180 and 220 copies for which you are charged. Contact the printing company in advance to know how often they deviate from the agreed amount (most will not deviate at all).

Printing methods

Offset printing

Of the three printing methods, the quality of offset printing is the best. Unfortunately, the price of offset printing is very high when printing fewer than 250 copies. Only when printing about 300 or 400 copies the price will be comparable (or even somewhat cheaper) than digital printing. Because pages are printed on large sheets of 16 or 32 pages, having one color page means the entire sheet needs to be printed in colour, increasing the price substantially. Of course you may add 15 (or 31) colour pages for free, but only if you place them on the correct page (printing companies can tell you which pages to use).

Indigo printing

A few companies use an HP Indigo digital press for printing. This ink-based printing method is cheaper than offset for a limited number of copies and offers (almost) the same printing quality as offset. Unfortunately this method is still more expensive than digital printing.

Digital printing

Digital printing is by far the cheapest printing method for a limited amount of theses (e.g., 100 or 200) and is based on heating toner which attaches to the paper (i.e. like a laser printer). While the quality of digital printing is somewhat lower than offset and Indigo printing, it has very good value due to the low price. In addition, it is (depending on the company) possible to order additional copies after the initial order for the same price, which is not possible for offset printing because of its very high initial costs. Also the inclusion of colour pages is flexible, because you only pay for each single page and are not restricted to specific page numbers. Finally note that there are many digital printer brands and types, which may have an effect on the quality.

Which method?

Now the question arises which method to choose. If you need about 400 copies and you are certain you do not want to print extra theses after a while, your best bet is offset printing. For fewer than 250 copies, I would go for digital printing, as this will save you money compared to offset and Indigo printing. If you have a lot of colour images and require the best possible quality (and you are also willing to spend more) then go for offset or Indigo printing.

Other quality-related factors

Binding method

Besides the printing method, there are other factors influencing the quality and cost of your thesis. The first is the binding method. Besides choosing for either hardcover or paperback, pages can be glued or stitched. The cheapest and most common binding method (for digital printing) is glueing; individual pages are glued to the back of the cover. Most of the times this is labeled 'Perfect bind' (cheapest) or PUR (more expensive and higher quality). Stitched binding is most common for offset printing and results in the highest quality.

Paper weight and quality

Another factor is the weight and quality of the paper. In general companies offer a cover weight of about 250 grams (per square meter) and about 90 grams paper for the inside (80 grams is the weight of standard printing paper). Heavier paper has the advantage that it is harder to see through and feels thicker. However, also the paper quality matters in this respect. Therefore always ask to see a sample of the paper type the company uses.

Cover design

Depending on how creative you are and how well you are able to use a graphics program to design the cover of your thesis, you may want to find someone to design this for you. A friend of mine, Esther Ris, who studied at the Academy of Arts, designs them for a fee. So if you like the covers shown at her site, http://www.proefschriftomslag.nl, feel free to contact her.

Thesis design

If you like the style of my dissertation, you are free to download a LaTeX template I've created. You may use or modify it in whatever way you see fit. However, I provide no support, no guarantees it will work (you need to take additional steps to get the Minion Pro font to work), and am not responsible if anything goes wrong. If you use the template for your dissertation, I'd appreciate an acknowledgment in the dissertation and a link to my website.

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