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Turnaround Times

Heads up! Domestic Printing from PrintNinja is finally here! Books and Card games are available with incredible digital offset printing technology that delivers quality and speed!

Lunar New Year Closures

Our international printing facilities and shipping partners will be closed Feb 4th through 18th, 2024 in observance of the Lunar New Year. Orders in production during this time will take about 1-2 weeks longer to complete than our standard turnaround times.
To avoid these delays, we recommend approving for production by the dates listed below:

Binding type Approval Cut-off Day
Saddle Stitch Jan 23
Perfect Bound Jan 17
Casebound Jan 3
Board Book Jan 3
Wire Bound and Spiral Bound Jan 3
Simple Games Jan 3
Multi-component Games Please contact your account manager for assistance with your timeline.
Orders of 3,000 or more copies
Orders with hardcopy proofs
Orders valued at $10,000 or more

Standard Turnaround Times

Check out our guide on calculating your turnaround time for inernational orders here:

For turnaround time estimates for international orders, please see the below graphic:

PrintNinja Turnaround Times

Prepress Time Detail

Proofing, production, and shipping are three separate processes. Once you have paid and uploaded your files and we receive them, you will get a digital proof the next business day before we close. Files sent after hours or over the weekend are received on the following business day. We will work with you until your proof is right; sometimes this takes several times back and forth. We recommend you budget a week to make sure your files are correct and ready for press, but this can vary based on your experience and ability to make fixes to your files. Once digital proofing is complete we will create any physical proofs or press hardcopy proof sheets you have ordered. (Book hardcopy proof sheets take two weeks to produce and ship, and game and board book hardcopy proof sheets take 3 weeks.) Once proofing is complete and you approve the proofs we proceed to production.

Production Time Detail

Production turnaround times start from the day you go to press, which is usually one to two days after you approve your final proof. Production varies based on project type, project complexity, binding type, and project size. The timeline estimates above are for modest sized orders (fewer than 2000 units) with average complexity. While we are usually well inside these timeline estimates, getting your book right is the main priority. If you have a large order, many specialty options, or a high page count please anticipate a longer production timeline.

Once your order is printed and bound our Quality Control staff inspect a random sampling of your order and confirm it matches your proofs. We then pack them and ship them according to the method or methods you have paid for.

Shipping Time Detail

Shipping is where you have control. Domestic orders ship via UPS; we can offer Ground shipping, 2nd Day Air shipping and Next Day Air shipping. For international orders, we offer budget shipping via ocean container and that takes 6-8 weeks after your book is finished printing. We also offer expedited shipping via air freight that takes 7-10 days after production. You can ship via one or both of these methods, and our calculator (internal link to calculator home page) can give you an instant price for splitting your shipment in this way. These timelines are also estimates, and PrintNinja does not have control of customs, port strikes, ocean currents, and other rare occurrences that can extend your shipping time.

PrintNinja always recommends padding your timeline and ordering as early as you are able. While we will do all we can to meet a requested timeline, we cannot offer guarantees, and we never want to sacrifice the quality of your project. Our estimates are just that, estimates, and while the majority of our projects fall within those listed turnaround times, delays are possible when custom manufacturing your unique book or game.

Domestic Orders

For turnaround time estimates for domestic orders, please see the following graphic:

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