Established almost 200 years ago, and part of St Ives Group for the past 25 years, Clays produces 140 million books each year - everything from the Holy Bible to bestselling authors like Stieg Larsson and J.K. Rowling.
For decades, Clays has been recognised as the market leader in book printing. As part of St Ives Group we have even more to offer. For our customers, being part of St Ives means we offer a wider range of products, supported by more professional added value services than any of our competitors.
Clay's book printing facilities and extensive portfolio of related services are unrivalled anywhere in the industry for quality, service and innovation.
Planning to self-publish a book? Clays have a dedicated team who can guide you step-by-step through the production process.
We do more than just print books. Our consultancy includes project management, creative support, and innovative approaches to materials.
Our value added services are comprehensive - from stickering and lamination through to disc insertion, wraps and packaging.
This section provides a comprehensive 'how to' guide for spec'ing your book ready for production. It also details helpful tips and advice on different finishes, uploading to the ftp and paper types etc.
Specific Manufacturing Guidelines
This section will give you a more detailed understanding of the manufacturing process in regards to the colour printing process, explanations into how cover finishes are produced, and information on printing illustrations.
Distribution and delivery
Following successful production, we can ensure that your books are distributed and delivered reliably and efficiently.