Reads Print and Stationery

The chances are good that you haven't had many things printed and bound professionally. Naturally, you would have questions about the process of thesis printing and binding. As a leading provider of professional printing and binding services, Reads Direct would like to offer some important guidance.

 

What is the Thesis printing page count?

Readsdirect.ie use a high-quality 100gsm paper semi-gloss paper, this means that the maximum number of sheets in each thesis is 270 sheets – This is for a thesis printed single sided or 470 pages if printed on both sides of the page.

We suggest you check  the regulations from your college but the above page count would be sufficient for most colleges.

Larger page count:  If the page count is above the readsdirect.ie maximum we would suggest 2 volumes.

We suggest you contact us to discuss your options and find a resolution.

What are the costs for Thesis hard binding or soft binding?

Please see details of our prices here.

How Quick Can I get my thesis from ReadsDirect.ie?

If correct files and details are submitted before 10.00 am by online order form or emailed to the store we will have your thesis ready same day collection from 4 pm , this can vary depending on which time of the year - as peak times can cause a longer wait - please check your timeline with us - always allow an extra day to be safe.

Delivery nationwide will be the same criteria but will vary depending on the volume of the thesis submitted – we will contact you if any delay or we cannot reach your desired timeline.

we arrange delivery collections with carrier at 3 pm so try submit day before if possible to avoid any possible delays - note we are closed SAT & SUN for hardbindings but open saturdays in stillorgan or online for softbindings 

As stated all above can vary depending on the time of year, incorrect files submitted, typos errors spotted by the client after submission and changed and so on- time delays will occur.                                                                                                            

It is imperative that you check and confirm all details before submitting as ReadsDirect.ie cannot be held responsible for any errors or mistakes after collection or receiving the delivery.

Please see options for collection and delivery on our Order Form here.

ReadsDirect.ie strongly recommend you submit your thesis 48 hours before the deadline date to be absolutely sure of receiving it on time,this will also create a less stressful environment for yourself.

Doing so will also create a safe time for fixing any errors that you did not notice pre submitting for print.

The correct way to submit my thesis

You must save the file correctly in PDF format only – not word, excel, PowerPoint, jpg or any other file.

In submitting your file in PDF it will ensure there is no variance from what you see on your screen or print out.

If you have a lot of text boxes, images imported, graphs and so on please check that they have saved correctly.

We suggest trying the print on a home printer a few selected pages you would be worried about to verify if all is correct.

If done on word on a mac definitely save to pdf and try flattening any graphics on pages.

Please see below some ways of saving your files.

Scroll through the thesis in saved PDF format to check no variances from your original file.

 

PC:

  • Click FILE then SAVE AS
  • Name your file correctly I.E JasonJamesBondBourne.pdf
  • Alter the file type to PDF
  • Determine where you wish to save your pdf file i.e in a Folder called thesis or on your desktop called thesis
  • Then press SAVE
  • We suggest you open the saved pdf and check all is ok.

Remember if resaving the file call it a different name or jasonjamesbondbourne.pdf2

 

Mac :

  • Click FILE then SAVE AS
  • Name your file correctly I.E JasonJamesBondBourne.pdf
  • Alter the file type to PDF
  • Determine where you wish to save your pdf file i.e in a Folder called thesis or on your desktop called thesis         
  • Then press SAVE
  • We suggest you open the saved pdf and check all is ok.

Remember if resaving the file call it a different name or jasonjamesbondbourne.pdf2

  • If you do not have ADOBE and cant change from word doc to PDF
  • Please click here and follow the instructions to download your access to pdf

I'm using the Pages App on iOS:

  • Go to Tools [the spanner icon at the top right]
  • Select 'Share and Print'
  • The select 'Send a Copy' or 'Open in Another App'
  • You will be given both PDF and Word as options!

 

Tips and rules to follow before finally submitting for print

Make sure you proof read the file again and check that any changes you made were saved and that the correct file name is saved.

The cost of colour and black and white – try ascertaining the amount of colour pages you have and black and white to gauge a final cost for printing – the binding for hardback is already at an incredibly low €25 soft binding from €3.

Hardbinding only €25 (not from €25 like other operators or more expensive) 

Quotes and urls can be in colour in your final pdf – this will class as a colour page so if you do not need them in colour change to grayscale when saving pdf.

Again check all as the final submitted file is nonnegotiable once printed and paid for.

 

Minimum margins:

  • All pages should have a 2.5cm (1") minimum margin around all sides so we can print the thesis and bind it correctly.     
  • ReadsDirect.ie will only print your thesis single-sided only on high quality 100 gsm white paper.
  • If you need double sided you must state this clearly or notify print department.

 

Printed copies of my thesis!

ReadsDirect.ie recommend that a minimum of 2 hardback and 1 soft back copy is produced , but this is entirely your choice.

1 copy for yourself as a souvenir and to show off to everyone! 1 copy for your lecturer and 1 soft copy for maybe someone else to read and advise.

 

My thesis hardbind cover layout ?

  • Normally in gold foil – if silver foil please advise at the time.
  • Your full title of your work / thesis
  • State your full name as author
  • The title of your course /award
  • The year of submission- check with your college/university for exact requirements here if you are unsure
  • Your Course Code doing this will allow any library staff to reference your work at a later date.

 

The spine of your thesis is in gold foil with the below information

  • The year of submission- check with your college/university for exact requirements here if you are unsure
  • Your full title of your work / thesis
  • Course code
  • State your full name as author

TO DOS!

We suggest you check with your college/university for exact requirements and regulations if you are unsure on what goes on the cover or the spine of your thesis

The information printed by us in gold or silver foil on the cover of your thesis will be exactly in accordance with the Preview you see online.

ALL INFORMATION WE ARE SUPPLIED WILL BE PRINTED IN GOLD FOIL OR SILVER FOIL AS PER THE PREVIEW YOU SEE ONLINE.

The information printed in gold or silver foil by us on the cover and spine of your thesis is specified by you, so we encourage you to read and carefully enter the information your college or university requires in our Order Form.

Again the information we print is supplied by you so we reiterate to double check all text on covers and spines and check in with what the college or university regulations are – maybe get advise off a fellow student on your course or if in a WhatsApp group share your info and pictures of finished files.

 

Single sided print or double sided!

We can print either option for you – check with your college to see what the specific regulations are also allow for this when you are typing up your thesis regularly check the word counts and page counts.

Test them by saving in pdf to see page count – so you can either add or subtract to reach min or max page count.

Some colleges and courses will want double sided or single sided – so please check first before you start the thesis

If single sided specify this on the order form as its very easy to follow .

If you require double sided printing make sure you check the page numbering is correctly positioned like centre so it runs coherently throughout your thesis

Colour printing costs!

To save the best possible money on your thesis remember that colour pages should only be colour where necessary.

Again check your file for the colour pages to make sure you are happy with the final page count.

We are only 25c per colour page and 0.05 cent per black and white page.

As we are the lowest prices for thesis printing you will save money.

Thesis paper quality!

100 gsm semi gloss paper excellent for thesis printing and allowing great colour exposure.

The black and white looks excellent on the paper also – do not save the pages in black and white as a gradient or grayscale as this will not come out black when printed.

All  hyperlinks / URLs / web or e-mail addresses / headers and footers must be  converted from colour and greyscale.

Reason is often they can default to this, so make sure they are saved into black and white.

 

Congratulations on completing your thesis, now enjoy the reproduction from readsdirect.ie and save money

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