Printing ebooks in Saigon


I have been printing IT ebooks like crazy the last couple of months. Today I had nearly 800 pages printed between two ebooks. It took the copy place, not sure how else to call it here, about one and a half hours to print and bind my two ebooks.

There was a bit of confusion as the girl was printing my ebooks. I had asked her to print on both sides of the paper but she kept insisting that it could not be done. This was strange to me because the previous week, and previous times I had visited them, they were able to do this for me. Finally I was successful in convincing her to print two pages on one side of the paper. Still, both printed ebooks were quite hefty.

Total cost including getting the books bound: 217,000 VND.

Printing ebooks in Saigon, Vietnam

(Most common way to print ebooks in Vietnam)

Printing ebooks in Saigon, Vietnam

(She copied all 800 pages for me)

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  1. I hate wasting paper and I hate hauling around twice as much paper as necessary which is what happens when you don’t duplex print. I would take them one of the books you had printed double-sided (duplex) there before and show them.

    Just out of curiosity, what good ebooks have you printed lately? There is a ton of great stuff out there. I buy tons of books from amazon and read/print lots of ebooks and various pdf’s. I need to stop reading and start writing more code!

  2. I would be very interested to know of a good place to print ebooks.

    Where I went the first time, they did exactly that: print one-sided.
    That was a THICK 200 page book, let me tell you.

    Comment posted from HCMC using Ubuntu 8.04, so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to stay in touch 🙂

  3. @Tracy: I gave up arguing with the girl, I should have came in the morning when the other guy who normally copies my ebooks for me.

    In the last couple of months, I have printed out the following ebooks:

    1. Django Book
    2. FreeBSD Handbook
    3. Building Websites with Joomla
    4. Professional Plone Development, and
    5. Building Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress


    Nguyen Van Cu street in District 5 near the Dai Hoc Su Pham (Education University) has several copy places. Normally near each university they have copy centers.

    We have Linux meetings here but not quite frequent. I want to do one by the end of the month at my school. I will let you know.

  4. Thanks for the info. I’ll surely check it out.

    In my next job I will surely be looking at making simple desktop GUI applications. I will try to make them web-based wherever possible, but I am sure in some cases it will just not be possible.

    So… I am curious about your advice on this:

    I could really easily develop them in Java, using NetBeans (it has Matisse, a really amazing GUI designer), and they would be cross-platform, which is an important advantage, in case someday we would consider using Linux for some desktops.

    But I think using Java will make it hard for the other people that might help out with the development, because they aren’t really programmers.

    So I would be happy to learn Python or Ruby (or something else!) if there is any easy way to develop desktop GUI applications. I think it will be a lot easier to teach non-programmers how to develop in Python or Ruby than in Java. And I want to avoid being locked in developing for Windows, so any Visual Studio Express options are out of the question.


    And… any good book about it? 🙂

  5. +1 for LamSon. I don’t know if the staff speak English, but the service is quite good. They have very big automatic Canon printers, so it just take one or two minutes to print 100 or more papers.

  6. Printing shop or more popular Vietnamese call Photocopy Shop. Thanks everybody for Lam Son shop information.

    Hi Kevin, I found you through google by ” Du Mien” keyword 🙂 Glad to know you

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