Definition of print run in US English:

print run


  • The number of copies of a book, magazine, etc. printed at one time.

    • ‘So in demand was the long-awaited volume that the initial print run of 1.9 million copies sold out before it even hit the shelves.’
    • ‘If a popular book has a large print run, then the up front costs can drop dramatically, bringing a potential for large profits.’
    • ‘The publisher would not reveal the size of its initial print run but said it was forced to publish a second edition with some booksellers quickly selling out.’
    • ‘The initial increases in London were so encouraging that the Times doubled its tabloid print run to 150,000 copies’
    • ‘Bambang said the magazine is expected to reach a print run of 20,000 copies within the next few months.’
    • ‘He dug into his own pockets to fund a print run of 1,000 books, which he says will be delivered to his home later this month.’
    • ‘Since the launch of their cookbook this week the volunteers already have had to start a second print run after shoppers in Northallerton snapped up early copies.’
    • ‘Scarborough Council launched a print run of 5,000 copies of a booklet explaining all about the town's massive coastal defence project.’
    • ‘An editor at Bantam, looking through a copy from the first print run, noticed that two of the pictures were in the wrong place.’
    • ‘The first Harry Potter book in 1996 had an initial print run of 1,000 copies.’
    • ‘The average print run for children's books is between 3,000 and 5,000.’
    • ‘More importantly, sales of the book far exceeded the initial print run - an unusual feat for sci-fi books.’
    • ‘A first print run of 30,000 copies vanished off the shelves and booksellers are awaiting another 410,000 copies from the printers.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the print run was changed to only 500 copies on a carefully controlled distribution list.’
    • ‘The book, with a print run of 500, is to be sold locally, with all proceeds going to Overgate Hospice in Elland.’
    • ‘Worldwide, 13 million copies of the book had rolled off the presses in a massive print run.’
    • ‘Available only in hardback, the book is not cheap, and one suspects that the print run may have been short on the assumption that it would be of little interest outside Canada.’
    • ‘The book has virtually sold out its first print run of 3,500 copies.’
    • ‘The autobiography Jane has written with her husband Mike is already on its third print run only three weeks after its launch, with 60,000 copies produced.’
    • ‘Copies delivered to subscribers account for only part of the print run of this quarto edition of The Seasons.’
    printing, imprinting, imprint, reprint, issue, edition, version, publication
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print run

/ˈprint ˌrən//ˈprɪnt ˌrən/