What we print

Books, art prints, cards, training material, newsletters and booklets are the core of our printed publishing offerings. Along with your actual product, we help with marketing material such as bookmarks, display table signs and invitation cards.

Printing books at PageMaster

Small-batch model

You can print one at a time, print a truck load, or print small batches. The small-batch model developed at PageMaster is eco-friendly and budget-friendly. We believe it meets the needs of most authors, artists, speakers and trainers. 

Changes, errors and updates are a reality, and small batches allow you to print and update as needed ensuring the best possible product. Batches reduce setup and administration costs saving you money. Paper is used efficiently and there is minimal waste during production or with outdated material you are no longer proud of. 

Think global, buy local

Supporting independent publishers is in itself a statement against corporate monopolies. As much as possible we buy from fellow Edmontonians, Albertans and Canadians. Softcover books and booklets are manufactured here in Edmonton. Design work is also local, supporting our city and colleges. 

Below are listed various printing services we offer. Don’t see your type of publication? That doesn’t mean we can’t do it! Just give us a call. If your product fits we’d be more than happy to start working with you right away.

Art Publishing

Having more than one price point is important for artists. Archival giclee prints, art cards, postcards calendars and economical laser prints round out your offerings providing more sales and exposure for you and your work.

Archival canvas

archival canvas prints

Completed archival canvas prints ready for pickup.

The twelve color wide format produces stunning Giclee quality that last for centuries. Media choices include professional artist canvas, fine-art papers and gloss, matte and metallic photo papers. We coat our canvas prints with Eco Print Shield to further enhance the image and to protect from abrasion and airborne pollutants. Canvas prints are then hand stretched on custom bars and wired for hanging. At this time in-house framing options are limited, but available. 

We also provide studio digital capture for large originals. Color matching and proofing are part of our capture or scanning process. 

Art cards & Notecards

folding art and note cards

Folding cards in a variety of sizes: 5x7, quarter letter, 4x6, 9.25x4, 5.75 square

Art cards work well for many artists and photographers. Generally these are blank on the inside and have the the name of the piece, the artists name and website on the back. White envelopes and clear bags complete the package. Cards, bag and envelope are under a dollar each. One-time initial setup is available. 

We recommend a batch of 48 or more cards to amortize the equipment setup cost of about $35 over the run. Images can be mixed within each size with no additional setup cost  We stock envelopes and clear bags for 5x7 and 5.75 square art cards, 4x6 and 4.25x5.5 notecards; and 4x9.25 wide aspect (#10 envelope) art cards.    


Books, and other printed publishing products 

Books include workbooks, references guides, novels, how-to guides, biographies, text books, year books, poetry collections, anthologies, journals, graphic novels, cookbooks, art books, illustrated children's books, … 

PageMaster utilizes digital printing technology combined with traditional bindery for high quality control and cost effectiveness. Independent authors, smaller publishing houses, trainers and associations often benefit from the smaller batches which PageMaster excels at. Rather than printing one book at a time on letter paper, most paperback books are printed four at a time with only 1/4 inch trim and much less paper going to the recycling bin. 

You can order only as many books as you need when you need them. Most reorders are are filled in five working days, minimizing warehousing, cash and obsolescence factors. You to keep your garage clear and while not be sold out. Book batches of 20 to 200 are our most common order. Complimentary electronic storage of your materials means your book can be “in print” forever.

Our most common paperback book size is 5.25x8 inches. The 6x9 size is becoming increasingly popular with our clients and offers larger images and margins. Overall costs are similar up to about 200 pages, when the larger cover on a 6x9 book reduces printing efficiency. Letter size and 9x12 books are not as common but part of the regular workflow. 

Illustrated books sampling

A few sample illustrated children's books from the PageMaster selection. 

BOOKLET, usually refers to a smaller stapled (saddle-stitched) book. In the image above, only 'Twas the night was stapled. Occasionally a booklet is just folded. Newsletters, comics, reports, product manuals and promotional materials often fall into this binding category. 

?Binding options

uv coating a book cover

UV coating enhances and protects covers. It is included in all our book print pricing.

UV coating: For book covers we don't see coating as an option. It doesn't pull like lamination, yet provides essential protection.

Perfect binding (paperback): our most common binding. Books lay quite flat when the paper grain is properly aligned. There is a bit more setup to align a thin spine but 

coil binding: cookbooks, some journals and other applications where laying absolutely flat is essential. Lacks a printed spine and takes more work and material than paperback.  

wire-o binding: used for some reports and journals. Less options and more work than coil. 

saddle stitch: is the least cost for up to 40 pages. When images go across the spine on a smaller book saddle-stitching has an advantage. Most newsletters are saddle-stitched. 

PUnched and shrink wrapped course packs or fully assembled binders. We can ship your binders or books directly to your training location. 


Extra services:

On-line or phone orders for your books can be handled by PageMaster providing payment, mailing and tracking services.

Book, Magazine, Newsletter & Journal production

From short run publications to comp copies for a new publication PageMaster is your publications expert. With over 10 years experience with newspapers and magazines we can facilitate your project, whatever your needs. Ask about ad design, content creation, layout, editing and scanning.

Course Packs

Course packets allow you to tailor instructional materials to fit your class, your syllabus, your teaching style and your students. Complete binders, shrink-wrapped and binder ready, soft cover or booklet stitched options or combinations can be printed (and shipped) for each class or season ensuring content is always up-to-date.

Conference Programs and Speaker Handouts

Personalizing your materials to the individuals or location which you are presenting to is made easy with our services. You can also have a professional review your materials to avoid embarrassing errors with our copy editing and proofreading services.

Marketing material to support publishing

From bookmarks to posters and interior signage, marketing material is an important component. We also print invitation cards and postcards.


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