About us

With our expert assistance you can economically self-publish anywhere from 20 through to 1000's of high quality publications. We make printing books easy.


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How Does It All Work?

We like to make your life easy. All of the information you should need to make your book ready for printing is both on this website, or within our Free Information Book - A Guide To Self Publishing, which we are happy to post to you anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. Click here to receive your free copy.

We pride ourselves in our ability take your work at any stage of its development and turn your manuscript into a beautiful book. We can work with PDF's you have uploaded or supplied on disks and memory sticks. Also, if you need a helping hand, whether it's typesetting or scanning and formatting your pictures, our skilled team will look after you at every step of the way. Our talented graphic designers will even help tell your story by designing you an eye-catching book cover.

The end result is your beautifully printed bookstore-quality books delivered to you anywhere in New Zealand.

“Over the three books to date I have had a very satisfactory experience working with Printabook. They are fast, efficient, and do a great printing job.
— Keith Hill, Author

It is fascinating being in contact with so many writers from all around New Zealand, and we are proud to print books here in Christchurch on behalf of people from Northland right down to Invercargill. Our experience, technical expertise and attention to detail will all ensure that your book project is in very safe hands.

Please contact us if you have any questions. If you feel more comfortable doing so, we would love for you to come visit us and discuss your publication with one of our experienced staff. Printabook is a part of Microfilm Digital Print.


Established in 1995 Printabook is Canterbury's leading short run book printing and self publishing service. It is part of Microfilm Digital Print, the award-winning printing company that started life as a microfilming bureau back in the 1970s. The name Microfilm comes from our original work and although we no longer provide this service, the name stuck. For 41 years we operated from the same site in Victoria Street, Christchurch, but after the 2011 earthquakes we have now moved to 32 Lodestar Avenue, Wigram.

We have always been leaders in new technology and in 1995 we began investing in high volume digital printing equipment for the production of short run, on-demand books. This investment continues and our state-of-the art digital systems allow us to print just as many books as you need, including colour on any page. We take enormous pride in offering the best possible self published book service, including design, project management, printing and binding.