Our Company

Looking for quality book printing at an affordable price?
You’ve come to the right place.


Since 1973 our company’s niche has been short-run and ultra short-run book printing; we are a single source provider for short-run publishers, small presses, authors, university presses, and others. We also offer Instant Quote which is an easy to use budgeting tool, as well as inventory management, Ship-On-Demand Fulfillment, Print-On-Demand, and warehousing.

Total Printing Systems shares your commitment to the protection of the environment. We are FSC® certified. We use environmentally friendly digital inks (98% water) and toner and always stock recycled paper. We continue to make improvements to our practices in order to lessen the impact on our environment.

Our forward-thinking company is always looking for continuous improvement. Located in the Heartland of America (Newton, IL), we remain dedicated to customer satisfaction.

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Books: Short-run & ultra short-run digital book production.
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We specialize in short-run case binding completed in-house.
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Our company provides digital sheetfed and digital web using state of the art equipment.


When printing in color, there is little difference in the image quality between Textbook and Coffee Table Quality due to our recent upgrade to a Canon Océ ProStreamTM web press. Choose Textbook Quality to receive the best price on higher quantities. 

Textbook Quality

Coffee Table Quality

Coffee Table Quality should be used when the highest quality we can produce is needed. It is normally used when a project has many full color and high resolution photographs or very heavy coverage throughout. Coffee Table Quality is produced on our sheetfed loner presses. These presses also produce covers and jackets.

Bindery Equipment

To insure the lowest price, and highest quality, at Total Printing Systems, we have a complete in-house bindery department that includes Saddle Stitching, Perfect Binding, Case Binding (adhesive and side sewn), Mechanical Binding (Spiral/Wire-O/Comb), Loose Leaf, 3-hole drill, Lay-flat, and PUR Binding.


Like most successful companies, the vision of the owners and management for Total Printing Systems is complemented by each and every employee’s capacity to execute his or her role, know the state-of-the- art equipment, and adapt to unique requests which continue to make printing true to its history – An art. The employees at Total Printing Systems are the lifeblood of the company. With a hearty Midwest work ethic, this CREW consistently meets the craftsmanship standards and production turn demands which set the bar for the competition. Take a moment to meet the crew.

Rick Lindemann
Rick Lindemann
RJ Lindemann
RJ Lindemann
Scheduling - Vice President
Mike Ammirata
Mike Ammirata
National Accounts Manager
Lori Perkins
Lori Perkins
Account Representative
Darrin Sappenfield
Darrin Sappenfield
Inside Sales Manager
Meg Souza
Meg Souza
Marketing Manager/Account Representative



Total Printing Systems does not just refer to you as a customer. We consider every business opportunity a chance to establish a long term partnership. Our goal is loftier at Total Printing Systems than the traditional customer-supplier model in this industry. We want to establish new friendships as well. Our customers become print partners.

Our print partners range from young to well-seasoned, from micro publishers to large fortune 500 companies. Whether you have one title or are an established publisher with tens of thousands of titles, you can have confidence in Total Printing Systems as a capable, cost-effective, and conscientious candidate for management of your project.

  • Self Publishers
  • Trade Book Publishers
  • Religious Publishers
  • Education Publishers
  • University Presses
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Broker / Distributors
  • Insurance Industry
  • Authors
  • Small Presses



Total Printing Systems, a family owned business that was established in 1973 by Rich and Wendy Lindemann, is proud of our history. Originally founded to provide commercial printing, Total Printing Systems rapidly expanded to include governmental publications in the mid 1970s. We utilize and greatly benefit from having a rural community workforce comprised of dedicated employees and driven by a strong mid-western work ethic that ensures a quality product.

We are committed to pushing technology further, utilizing the strengths of that technology and combining those strengths with decades of experience in the book manufacturing industry. The result of this combination of technology and experience has brought Total Printing Systems to the forefront of the book manufacturing industry.


Total Printing Systems (TPS) was established by Rich and Wendy Lindemann as a general commercial printer.


TPS saw the need to develop a niche to be successful, so we began a relationship with the Federal Government Printing Office producing forms, short run books and manuals.


TPS experienced rapid growth and took our sales from $69 thousand to 11 million dollars annually, primarily producing shorts runs for the Federal Government Printing Office (GPO).


The internet, although still in its infancy inspired us to take the company in a new direction. When “On Demand” wasn’t even a buzz phrase yet we had developed customized equipment, which enabled us to produce over 13,000 orders per year for GPO. This equipment gave us the niche to get back into the commercial market, specifically short run and micro run book printing. We spent the next few years planning and developing ways to distinguish ourselves from other commercial book printers.


TPS launched an internally developed internet-based pricing tool (See Instant Quote). We used this tool initially as an exclusive tool for a quick printing franchise, then several years later we opened the tool up to the general public. We also installed our first direct-to-plate system.


A new fulfillment and distribution facility was built.


TPS worked with Scitex (Kodak) to implement the operation of a continuous high-speed inkjet press designed for a book manufacturer (VersaMark). This partnership led to the first digital inkjet based web press installed for book printing in the world.


TPS combined our manufacturing facility and distribution facility by moving from our original location to 201 S. Gregory Dr., Newton, IL. We also installed our second Kodak VersaMark digital web.


TPS updated our bindery with new perfect binding and saddle stitching lines. We also updated our cutters and added a Nexpress 2100 Plus press (5 color).


TPS updated our direct to plate system and added adhesive case binding, foil stamping, and embossing.


TPS installed our second Nexpress and added side sewing to our case binding operation.


TPS installed one of the first Screen TruePress Jet520 presses in the USA. It is a full color digital ink based web press running up to 420 ft. per minute. This press allowed us to produce full color books at up to 720 x 720 dpi.


TPS installed a new in-line Hunkeler finishing system which converts rolls of printed product and book blocks for final finishing. We started a new division for POD production. This true Print-On-Demand facility is currently shipping over 50,000 books per month.


TPS added PUR perfect binding for coated papers and lay-flat finishing.


Increase in case binding demand led us to bring in additional higher speed adhesive case binding equipment. We also added additional 4 color process and B&W toner based printers.


The need for additional, higher speed, higher resolution B&W production brought us the Screen Truepress 520 EX Mono with Hunkeler finishing. In order to bind the longer runs that the higher speed press could offer, we installed a CABS4000 perfect binding line. We also installed a more automated head and tail band machine and the first fully automated Technograph Pronto endsheet maker in the US. This machine allows us to efficiently produce printed endsheets for hard cover books.


Toward the end of 2015, we upgraded our cover press to a new Kodak NexPress SX3300. In addition to an increase in image quality, this press also allowed us to perform a dimensional clear toner coating that can give your cover a unique texture. Another added benefit is the addition of an extended sheet feed capability, which now allows us to print on up to a 14×39″ sheet, printing to 13.375×38.5. This is especially important for larger format case bound covers and dust jackets.


On September 30th, 2016 Rick Lindemann purchased majority ownership of Total Printing Systems from his parents and they officially retired from the company.


TPS installed the Canon Océ ProStream. Canon’s innovations in the digital inkjet printing industry led to a four-color image quality unrivaled by any inkjet technology at the time. Still in operation today, the Canon ProStream continues to deliver a beautiful image to our customers. 


TPS installed two Muller Martini Vareo perfect binders, increasing overall efficiency and capacity for binding with PUR glue. 


TPS added on a 25,000 sq. ft. fulfillment warehouse to the Newton manufacturing facility, moving fulfillment and POD services to the same location as our general short-run services. 


Celebrating our 50th year in 2023!
Seeking to improve efficiency in multiple departments, TPS installed a Digibook Mitabook casing-in machine to further streamline the casebound book-making process, as well as an Autobond Micro 52 TH-PH laminator, which doubled TPS’ gloss and matte lamination output. Last but not least a Truepress Jet520HD Mono was installed to increase the quality of single color black printing.

Total Printing Systems is committed to innovaation! Stay tuned!