For the best book printing result, the minimum number of pages you must have in a perfect bound book is 48 and the maximum number of pages is usually 240, however, above 240 pages can be done (Depending on the stock thickness for internal pages). For less than 48 pages, wire, comb or saddle stitching would be the most suitable form of finishing. If your self-published book is outside of those specifications and you would like to discuss it with us further , please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saddle stitching is suitable for books which have 64 pages or less.
Wire and comb binding is suitable for books under 400 pages.
Perfect binding is suitable only for 48 pages and over.
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All books are printed double sided unless otherwise advised. Before production of your self-published book commences a soft PDF proof will be supplied for approval. The soft PDF proof may not show potential postscript issues such as transparency, overprint or gradient issues. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that the artwork has been correctly prepared for commercial book printing and to check that all aspects of the artwork are correct, including spelling and grammar. To avoid printing issues, we recommend customers consult an experienced pre-press graphic designer if they do not understand bleed or how to prepare artwork correctly for commercial book printing. We take no responsibility for artwork supplied where fonts are not correctly embedded.Fonts must be fully embedded or outlined (converted to curves)in all supplied artwork.
Depending on your artwork, the finished size of your self-published book may vary slightly from the sizes indicated in the calculator. In some instances the combined outcome of digital printing and the perfect binding process may vary up to 1 - 2mm from any one side after trimming. Because of this we take no responsibility for covers or text pages which use a border as part of the artwork. If the finished product has varying border widths, this can not be helped.
Colour matching can vary depending on the device which is used to print your book. The Book Printing Company will not be held responsible for complete colour accuracy. Please ensure that all files are converted to CMYK for best results. If a file is received which is not CMYK it will be converted through our automated processes. This can alter the final output colour.
The artwork is to be supplied as two separate files (preferably as press quality PDF's). The first being the internal text. The text is to be supplied as single pages, not as spreads. The second file is the cover file. This file should include the cover as a spread. This means that the front, back and spine should be supplied as one page. Please ensure that the appropriate bleed and trim marks are included. If you are unsure about how to set up your bleed and trim please go to the Authors Checklist and view our sample diagram.
We at the Book Printing Company reserve the right to cancel an order before production and refund the vendor any monies paid. Once a job has began production cancelling your order will incur a fee. For more information please read our terms and conditions.