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Thesis Printing & Reproduction

For us to print your thesis, we will need a pdf of your document.

The pdf can be emailed to us, delivered via an online drop site under an account you create (such as Drop Box) or brought in to the Koffler store on a USB key. If you are submitting via email, please include a telephone number at which you can be reached.

Printing Specifications

For formatting and layout specification, contact your department of graduate studies. We do not keep these specifications on hand and file preparation is the author's responsibility.

Reviewing Print Copies

Once we have printed your material, we will contact you to review the print copies prior to shipping them to the bindery.

If you elect to not review the print copies, we will need written authorization to release these to be bound. We cannot be accountable for printing issues of copies not reviewed.

Submitting an Order

We will need to know:

  • How many copies you want printed
  • The paper stock you want us to print on
  • Whether we are to print greyscale or colour*

*Colour printing

We define black and white / greyscale pages as pages which only use black ink. Colour pages are pages which use the colour inks Cyan, Magenta and Yellow (CYMK).

Documents created in Word or other word processors are typically using a different colour system (Red, Green and Blue, or RGB). RGB is typically used for documents on a screen and CYMK is used for printing to a page. Because of this, when documents are exported to a .pdf file, images which seem greyscale in a word processor are exported using the RGB colour system and can end up using colour inks in a .pdf.

If you are printing in colour, we will ask for an estimate of the number of colour pages that are in your file. We will run some initial tests, which give us an estimate of the number of pages there are which use colour inks in the document.

If our estimate and yours are wildly different we will contact you and ask for a list of the pages you would like in colour, as the price can increase greatly with a large number of colour pages. We can then print the file with the desired number of colour pages.

Reproduction costs

  • We print on a 24-lb. stock, acid free, recycled content
  • Black and white, 1-sided — $0.08 per impression page
  • Black and white, 2-sided — $0.075 per impression page
  • Colour — $0.60 per impression page
  • 20-lb. stock is available for $0.01 less per impression page. ($0.07 single sided, black and white; $0.59 each colour impression)
  • A4 paper is available as 24-lb. stock, acid free, recycled content
  • Black and white, 1-sided — $0.12 per impression page
  • Black and white, 2-sided — $0.115 per impression page
  • Colour — $0.64 per impression page

There is 5% tax on all these costs.

Thesis Binding

All our hardcover books (also called "case bound" books) are hand sewn and made of Buckram, a stiff cloth made of cotton (and occasionally linen — each colour is different!) which has been used to cover and protect books for hundreds of years.

To place an order:

Please email: books@uoftbookstore.com and we will begin the process. You can also call 416-640-5820 and we can answer any questions you may have.

Standard Timescale: 7 – 10 business days

Once we have your thesis and you've signed and made your payment, we send your thesis to our offsite bindery, and it will be back ready for you in 7 to 10 business days.

Rush Service: 3 business days

We also offer a rush service for the thesis to be ready in 3 business days. (We cannot bind theses quicker than this; a printing plate needs to be made and the binding glue requires up to 60 hours to dry). For this there will be a charge of an additional 50% of the total. If you'd like this option, please let us know when contacting us. Please note: rush service is not available for Coil, Cerlox or Limp binding.

Styles of binding

We have two styles of hardcover binding on offer: our Standard Style binding and Jones Style binding. They are both hardcover books; the only difference is the information we print on the cover and the price.

Standard Style

Our Standard Style is the most common style of binding chosen by our customers. On the cover we will print:

  • The title of your thesis
  • Your name
  • The thesis year

On the spine we will print:

  • Your name
  • The thesis year

For the Standard Style, the more copies you buy, the cheaper the binding costs get!

1 copy: $50.00
2 copies: $93.00
3 copies: $136.00
4 copies: $175.00

Each additional copy after that will be $39.00 per copy. Please contact us for large quantities as we may be able to work out a special discounted price for you.

If your thesis is over 1.5 inches thick (roughly 330 pages), then we will have to reinforce the spine to strengthen and support the book. This will be a surcharge of $5 per copy.

If your thesis is over 2 inches thick (roughly 440 pages), then we will have to strongly reinforce the spine to strengthen and support the book. This will be a surcharge of $7 per copy.

Jones Style

Our Jones Style is required for the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and certain Masters of Applied Science degrees. Please check with your department if a Jones Style binding is required (although they usually will tell you if it is). On the cover we will print:

  • The title of your thesis
  • Your name
  • The degree (for example, Ph.D. Thesis)
  • The University Department (for example, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)
  • The University / Institution
  • The thesis year

On the spine we will print:

  • Your name
  • 40 characters of the title (we can assist you in condensing your title to 40 characters)
  • The degree (for example, M.Eng.)
  • The thesis year

For the Jones Style, it's the same – the more copies you buy, the cheaper the binding costs get!

1 copy: $68.00
2 copies: $130.00
3 copies: $192.00
4 copies: $249.00

Each additional copy after that will be $57.00 per copy. Please contact us for large quantities as we may be able to work out a special discounted price for you.

Please note: if your thesis is not an M.A.Sc. or an M. Eng. in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, a small surcharge of $5 per copy will be applied. This is due to the fact that special printing plates will have to be made.

If your thesis is over 1.5 inches thick (roughly 330 pages), then we will have to reinforce the spine to strengthen and support the book. This will be a surcharge of $5 per copy.

If your thesis is over 2 inches thick (roughly 440 pages), then we will have to strongly reinforce the spine to strengthen and support the book. This will be a surcharge of $7 per copy.

Other Styles

A4 Binding

We also offer A4 printing and binding. This is usually used in Europe and for other specific submissions.

On the cover we will print:

  • The title of your thesis
  • Your name
  • The thesis year

On the spine we will print:

  • Your name
  • The thesis year

The pricing follows the similar structure – the more you buy, the more you save!

1 copy: $52.00
2 copies: $100.00
3 copies: $148.00
4 copies: $191.00

Each additional copy after that will be $43.00 per copy.

Limp Binding

Limp binding is a cheaper alternative to hardcover binding. The front and back covers are a thick card, and the spine is a black cloth strip.

Things to note:

  • The title page will be reproduced on the front cover
  • The spine has no printing or images
  • There are three standard colour options for your cover: Light blue, grey, and green
  • All Copies are $20.00 each
  • Rush service is not available for this item

Coil Binding

We offer Coil binding services as well. This is recommended over Cerlox binding as it is stronger and more durable.

Things to note:

  • The front is a transparent, clear plastic cover sheet
  • The back cover is thick card stock
  • Coil binding
  • All Copies are $9.00 each
  • Rush service is not available for this item

Cerlox Binding

We also offer the popular Cerlox (also known as "comb") binding.

Things to note:

  • The front is a transparent, clear plastic cover sheet
  • The back cover is thick card stock
  • Cerlox binding
  • All Copies are $9.00 each
  • Rush service is not available for this item

Extras and Additions

We offer a number of extras that we can add to personalize your thesis and make it a special, memorable and attractive book to treasure.

  • Additional lines on the cover: $6.00 per line, per copy
  • Add the title on the spine: $7.00 per copy
  • Add the University of Toronto crest to the cover: $12.50 for the first copy, and $9 for additional copies
  • Add ribbons: $3.00 per copy
  • Add bands to the top and bottom of the spine: $5.00 per copy
  • Add a CD pocket: $4.00 per copy

If you have specific requests, please get in touch and we will do what we can to accommodate you.