Publishing Books

From small paperbacks to full colour coffee-table publications, and from a handful of copies to thousands of copies,
Craigs are the experts when it comes to designing and printing books – we're printed over a million in the last 50 years!


The Publisher is the person/group who pays for the printing and is responsible for selling, marketing, publicity and distribution. It is also the publisher’s responsibility to deal with any issues to do with defamation or copyright.

Though the majority of our customers take the self-publishing route, we do publish a certain amount of manuscripts, and this service may be available for those with what we believe may have wide appeal.

Copyright generally lasts for 50 years after the death of the copyright holder. For further information on Copyright, click here.

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Craigs offers full design, printing, binding, storage and distribution services.

The books that Craigs print are mostly written about the South by Southland authors. We maintain a comprehensive library and with nearly 700 individual titles, we are justifiably proud of the knowledge we have gained in the art of printing books – and we have a number of awards to prove it. 

You might be surprised at the vast range of subject matter – from a book on 16th Century Scottish chamber-organ music, to the biography of a woman who survived the killing fields of Cambodia. 


Craigs’ experienced book designer (with over 500 titles) can take your Word document and digital images, scan photos, illustrations and memorabilia, and creatively arrange these elements on each page, or you can supply your own press-ready files for us to print and bind. We can also procure an ISBN and barcode on your behalf.



The two most popular bookbinding methods are Purbinding (soft cover with a spine) and Casebinding (hard cover with a glued-on dust jacket). Further options include soft cover with flaps, and hard cover with leather effect and gold lettering.


The Internet has made researching Family Histories so much easier and many people spend many happy hours (or even years) online investigating their genealogy. And what better at the end of all that effort than a sturdy printed and bound Family History – to be poured over, treasured and passed down through the ages. Most home authors will have set out their text and illustrations in a Word document or Publisher at A4 size. We can take these files and print and bind them as is. Alternatively, if you require something a little more professional, we can design and reformat your text and illustrations to your specifications.

Family Trees: Whether you would like us to print out a poster you have supplied to us as a PDF, or whether you would like us to create a Family Tree for you from your Word document or handwritten notes, Craigs are able to produce an attractive Family Tree ready to be framed and displayed in your own home, or given away as gifts.

family tree


Craigs has two retail bookshops, one online and one inhouse at 122 Yarrow Street, Invercargill. We are able to assist authors in the selling of their publications through these outlets and we also offer advice on marketing, distribution, storage and selling of books.

A Book Launch is a tried and true method of initially capturing a market. An invitation to the launch could include an order form which could indicate the level of interest in the book.


We do not provide editing or proof-reading services but are able to advise authors where these services may be obtained.

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