Reads Print and Stationery

If the time has come to print and bind your thesis, you must follow the right steps. Yes, a thorough proofing of the thesis is vital, and you need to ensure that it's formatted according to the University requirements. However, you also need to know a few things about saving money on thesis printing without sacrificing quality or visual impact. Here are a few critical tips to help you do just that.


1. Don’t Wait: Perhaps the single most important tip is this – don’t wait until printing and binding are too urgent. Give yourself at least two to three days. You’ll find that most other printers may charge extra for urgent work, at readsdirect we can print same day or next day no extra charges - but remember allow extra time as busy times of the year may not allow same day - plus make your life easier and allow sufficient timelines to submit to the college or university.


2. Change Hyperlink Colours: While you can and should include hyperlinks embedded within your text, make sure that you change their colour to bold black, rather than the default blue (or another colour). Remember that colour printing costs extra, so blue hyperlinks can automatically increase your costs , but check as some colleges might require links in colour.


3. Header and Footer Colours: Your headers and footers are most likely created in what's called greyscale. While it might not seem like a separate colour, it is to the printer. You have the option to change them to black and white if you wish ,while still ensuring that the header and footer information is present. As a nice side benefit, changing these areas to black and white can make that information stand out more , but at reads direct we are the lowest prices for thesis printing so do not worry if your page count is higher in colour.


4. Proof Read: Our final tip is this – proof read your thesis before taking it to the printer. This will save you time and money, not to mention all the headaches of discovering mistakes that not only need to be corrected, but that will require another printing.

save always in PDF only for final print.

On the saving of your file remember you may have multiple versions so always check that final pdf is the current version - save it as version 1,2,3,4 etc until you are completely satisfied that this option then call it FINAL PRINT PDF . 


When you’re ready to have your thesis printed and bound, contact us at Reads Direct for quality results, the right price, and a quick turnaround time.

What you need to know
Read Our Thesis Binding Checklist - A Guide to Ensuring Success