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Writing a book can be a lifelong goal to some and a main source of income to others. Over the years we have produced many different types of books for both commercial entities, family members and self-publishing authors. In every instance, concerns about whether the file that we are being sent is in the correct format is the most common question asked.

Being prepared will save you money and ensure that you receive a great finished product. Where possible, we have tried to answer a number of common concerns in regards to book printing, however, if you have any doubts or concerns we are always here to answer any questions that you might have.

There are numerous components in the book printing process and if you read the simple articles below any problems you might incur will be minimised.

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  • Don't Let the Tail Wag the Dog

    In almost all instances the printing company is the last service that people go too after they have written their book and had it designed. However, this can be problematic…

  • Book Sizes

    There is no right or wrong size when it comes to book design, however, there are a number of tips or rules which will make the end product more presentable…

  • Great Book Fonts

    One of the most common questions we are asked, is what font should be used in a book, "Sans serif" or "serif". There are two primary styles of type: "sans…

  • Paper Types

    The type of paper you choose for your book is entirely up to you, however, if you are not sure which paper type to use for your book, we have…

  • Acceptable File Formats

    Portable Document Format (PDF) A PDF ensures that your printed or viewed file retains the formatting that you intended. Please ensure that your PDF preference is set for press quality.…

Spine & Bleed Settings

Cover Design

Artwork for the front and back cover must be supplied as a two page spread inclusive of the spine for both the front and back cover. Spine widths differ depending on the thickness of your book. The text stock, cover thickness and the number of pages in the book influence the thickness of your book. To work out your spine width based on our premium papers please use the spine width calculator below. Perfect binding requires a clean non image area on the inside cover so that the glue can adhere to the cover stock. The internal spine area and an additional 5mm on either side of the spine must be image free. Please keep in mind that the binding process can have a variance of up to 1mm, therefore, we strongly advise that your artwork is not designed to line up flush with the spine. The preferred design would be that the front, spine and back cover are a continuous image across the spread. If this is not possible, a spine colour which blends into the cover design will reduce the look of movement.

Bleed & Trim Margins

Bleed for your cover is also essential. For all images which go to the edge of the finished cover size, 3mm external bleed is required. To ensure that important content is not guillotined off, please allow for an internal bleed margin of 3mm also.

Content & Layout

Internal Page Margins

Text page margins can alter depending on the number of pages in your book. As a general rule though, the following mirrored margins will ensure proper reproduction of your publication. A top margin of 1.5cm, an internal margin of 2cm to allow for binding, a bottom of 2cm to allow additional space for page numbering and an External margin of 1.5cm to allow for trim.

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