Print shop

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A print shop is a place where you can have books or papers copied. Note that craft patterns (for embroidery, quilting, or appliquing) count as papers and can be printed this way.

Locations

There are two places you can get books printed: the publishing house in Ankh-Morpork (located in Pseudopolis Yard in the Isle of Gods), and the printery in Bes Pelargic (located on Diamond Place south of Market Street).

The prices for both locations are the same (just in different currencies), and they take the same amount of time. However, the Bes Pelargic printery does not have any language options. The Ankh-Morpork Publishing House preserves the original language(s) by default, but can also translate books to Brindisian, Ephebian, Klatchian, Djelian, Uberwaldean, Agatean, or Morporkian.

Printing

You can print books (only ones that do not have any pages torn out) and individual sheets of paper.

Typing "print book" will show you how much printing a certain number of copies of your book will cost, and how long you'll have to wait. This isn't mandatory, but as different books can cost different amounts of money to print, it's a good idea.

>print book
The cost for the different numbers of the open pale pink book in Morporkian is:
  1 for A$11.20 and will be ready at 2:15am, Sunday 9th June Secundus, UC 2028.
  5 for A$56 and will be ready at 6:42am, Sunday 9th June Secundus, UC 2028.
 10 for A$112 and will be ready at 12:15pm, Sunday 9th June Secundus, UC 2028.
 20 for A$224 and will be ready at 11:22pm, Sunday 9th June Secundus, UC 2028.
You can translate a book to or from brindisian, ephebian, klatchian, djelian, uberwaldean, agatean and morporkian, the cost of doing the translation is defined in the following table.  Translating between two of these languages is also possible, but it will cost the amount to translate from the language to morporkian and back again.
   250% brindisian   130% ephebian   250% klatchian   130% djelian   130% uberwaldean   130% agatean
Use: print <number> of <book>

The numbers of copies shown are only guidelines--you can print any number of copies up to 30.

If you still want to print it, you can "print <number> of <book> [in {brindisian|ephebian|klatchian|djelian|uberwaldean|agatean|morporkian}]". You'll need to have the money on hand at this point.

Your original book or paper will remain in your inventory, though if it's a book it will be turned to the last page.

Cost

The cost varies depending on what you're printing.

Book Number of pages Cost per copy
 <adjective> <colour> leather-bound book This is a large, squarish book bound in metallic bronze leather. The spine has been tooled with a small runic invocation against rain, fire, and mice.  20 &&&&&&&&&&+11744 A$29.36
 <colour> book This is a rather plain book with a simple <colour> cover.  25 &&&&&&&&&&&+4480 $11.20
 black book Covered in black leather, this little book could be used to record the names and c-mail addresses of all your love interests.  25 &&&&&&&&&&&+2240 A$5.60
 blue leather-bound book Covered in sky blue leather and bound with strong threads, this book is built to survive the roughest treatment.  30 &&&&&&&&&&&+8160 A$20.40
 brown book This is a rather plain book.  25 &&&&&&&&&&&+4480 A$11.20
 bundle of papyrus sheets This is a pile of roughly squared papyrus sheets, neatly sewn together down one edge to form a book.  16 &&&&&&&&&&&+4720 A$11.80
 cheap flimsy chapbook This is a neatly bound booklet of cheap, thin paper, with a cover of slightly thicker cardboard.  32 &&&&&&&&&&&+1196 A$2.99
 cheap papyrus notebook This is a neatly bound booklet of cheap, flimsy sheets of low-grade papyrus. The cover is a marginally thicker piece of papyrus decorated with a crudely inked illustration of a pyramid.  16 &&&&&&&&&&&+1072 A$2.68
 golden book This is a beautifully crafted gold-bound tome.  25 &&&&&&&&&&&+6080 A$15.20
 leather-bound book This is a beautifully crafted leather-bound tome.  25 &&&&&&&&&&&+6080 A$15.20
 linen-bound book Square and solid, of a size to fit nicely in the hand, this book has been bound entirely in stiffened Llamedese linen, gleaming with the unsullied purity of fresh creamy-white cloth. A decorative border of silver-grey knotwork has been embroidered along the edges of the covers, and more adorns the spine, leaving only a narrow panel for a title.  32 &&&&&&&&&&+19616 A$49.04
 notepad This is a small notepad.  10 &&&&&&&&&&&+1136 A$2.84
 red book This book is covered in flimsy-looking red cardboard.  20 &&&&&&&&&&&+2016 A$5.04
ricepaper book
 yellow book The cover of this book is made from a flimsy-looking yellow cardboard and is decorated with a crude daisy pattern.  20 &&&&&&&&&&&+2240 A$5.60

Books appear to cost the same amount to print regardless of their contents--the important thing is what type of book it is.

Paper Cost per copy
 sheet of cheap writing paper Thin, flimsy, and prone to tearing, this is the sort of paper the Green Slab is printed on. Ink spreads and blotches, pencils make holes in it, and it isn't even much good for fish and chips. On the bright side, it's cheap.  &&&&&&&&&&&&&+16 4p
 piece of <colour>-edged writing paper This is a nice sheet of writing paper with the edges dyed black.  &&&&&&&&&&&&&+20 5p
 piece of writing paper This is a nice sheet of writing paper.  &&&&&&&&&&&&&+20 5p
 piece of writing paper This is a piece of thick writing paper. It is dyed with <description of marbling>.  &&&&&&&&&&&&+320 80p
 piece of <colours> marbled writing paper This is a piece of thick writing paper. It looks perfect for marbling.  &&&&&&&&&&&&+320 80p
 sheet of cheap papyrus This is extremely cheap papyrus that's thin, flimsy, and prone to cracking. The strips of reed are clearly visible and the pith barely holds together to form a surface suitable for writing on.  &&&&&&&&&&&&&+16 4p
 sheet of cute moon dragon writing paper This is a nice sheet of writing paper, with a cheerful picture of a moon dragon in the lower right-hand corner.  &&&&&&&&&&&+1600 $4
 sheet of papyrus This is a sheet of papyrus of good quality.  &&&&&&&&&&&&&+20 5p
 a sheet of parchment This is a sheet of good quality parchment. Clearly, someone thought that writing was extremely important, to go to the effort of producing such a beautiful, smooth, translucent piece of thinly sliced cow skin as this.  &&&&&&&&&&&+1600 $4
 sheet of vellum This is a sheet of high quality vellum. Clearly, someone thought that writing was extremely important, to go to the effort of producing such a beautiful, smooth, translucent piece of thinly sliced calf skin as this.  &&&&&&&&&&&+2400 $6

Prices are for blank papers--the price goes up as you write on it. Writing more characters causes the price to go up more. The rate appears to be one fifth of a penny per ten characters per copy.

Printing in a different language also costs more.

Time

It takes the same amount of time to print a book as to print a piece of paper.

  • For one copy, it takes 1 day, 3 hours, and 46 minutes Disc time (8 hours and 20 minutes roundworld time)
  • For five copies, it takes 1 day, 8 hours, and 13 minutes Disc (9 hours and 40 minutes roundworld time)
  • For ten copies, it takes 1 day, 13 hours, and 46 minutes Disc (11 hours and 20 minutes roundworld time)
  • For twenty copies, it takes 2 days and 53 minutes Disc (14 hours and 40 minutes roundworld time)

Copyright

Optionally, you can claim copyright on something.

Results

It appears that by default, the printed copies of your book will be identical to the original--with the exception that a flyleaf noting the date and place of printing will be inserted. Writing and inks are preserved--for example, if you use a barbed quill to write the original, the copy will be "written in blood", too (excepting the flyleaf).

Languages are also preserved if you didn't opt to translate it. If you did choose to have it printed in a specific language, everything will be in that language instead.

The flyleaf looks something like this:

You read page one of the pale pink book:


Printed 9:02pm, Sunday 9th June Secundus, UC 2028 by Goatbergers printing shop, Ankh Morpork


Papers obviously have no flyleaf, but they have the date and location printed on the bottom instead.

See also

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