THE BOOK PRINTING COMPANY

THE BOOK PRINTING COMPANY
Australia's Premier Book Printing Company

Can my Book be resized?

Changing the size of your printed book after you have typed your manuscript will cause problems and cost you money. Reducing the size of your book will reduce the size of your fonts and images, and it can make your book difficult to read. Please ensure that you set up your document at the correct size before you save as a PDF.

Document Bleed Settings

There are two types of bleed, Internal Bleed and External bleed.

Internal bleed or Text safe area as it is sometimes known, is the area just inside the trimming edge of the sheet. An internal margin is required to ensure that all text/important graphics are kept a certain distance in from the trimming edge. During the cutting process a small degree of movement can occur and the internal margin is designed to ensure that your important content is safe.

External Bleed is when an image, background or diagram is extended beyond the trim edge of the page. This allows for a small amount of movement that may occur when your printing is being cut to size. If there is no external bleed, white space or strips can occur at the edge of the sheet. For documents that have none of the above extending to the edge of the sheet, an external margin is not required.

Saddle Stitching

Saddle stitching requires a structured approach to how it is laid out. The best way to understand what we are describing to you, is to get 5-10 sheets of paper and fold them directly in half.

As you will see, opposite the stapled side of the book, the inner pages will protrude past the cover sheet. This side of the book (forage edge) will be trimmed off during the binding process to tidy up the book. As you can see, when trimmed the sheets of paper in the centre of the book will be shorter than the external sheets. When you are setting up your document, please take this into consideration. Placing your page numbers in the centre of the page will that your page number are not cut off.

Saddle Stitch Bleed settings

Position Internal Bleed External Bleed
Top of page 5mm 5mm
Bottom of page  5mm  5mm
Binding Edge  5mm  5mm
Forage edge (edge opposite the binding edge)  7-10mm  7-10mm

 Saddle stitch Internal Page Margins

Page Margins for saddle stitching are not required for structural purpose, aside from the internal and external bleed settings which were explained above, page margins are purely a design component. It is entirely up to you as to how you would like your book to look.

Saddle Stitching Cover design

Saddle stitched covers can be supplied as individual pages or as a spread. The bleed setting for the cover should be at least 7-10mm internal and external bleed.

Wire and Comb Binding

Wire and Comb binding design is quiet straight forward. The only consideration for wire and comb binding is that approximately 8-9mm on the binding edge will be whole punched to attach the wires or plastic combs. Therefore, any content which you don’t want to lose should be kept away from the binding edge.

Wire Binding Bleed settings

Position  Internal Bleed External Bleed
Top of page 5mm 3mm
Bottom of page  5mm  3mm
Binding Edge 10mm  3mm
Forage edge (edge opposite the binding edge)  5mm  3mm

Wire and Comb Binding Internal Page Margins

Page margins for wire and comb binding are not required for structural purposes, aside from the binding margin which requires an area for punching which was explained above. Page margins are purely a design component and it is entirely up to you as to how you would like your book to look.

Wire and Comb Binding Cover design

Wire and Comb binding covers must be supplied as individual pages with 3mm external bleed on all sides.

Perfect Binding

Perfect binding design, like wire binding, is quiet straight forward. The most important aspect is the binding edge internal margin. Because a perfect bound book does not lay flat like a wire or comb bound book, the binding margin requires a 7-10mm lay-flat or gutter margin. On top of that, you can add your preferred internal margin.

Perfect Binding Bleed settings

Position  Internal Bleed External Bleed
Top of page 5mm 5mm
Bottom of page  5mm 5mm
Binding Edge 7-10mm 5mm
Forage edge (edge opposite the binding edge)  5mm 5mm

Perfect Binding Internal Page Margins

Page margins for perfect binding are required for structural purposes, aside from the lay-flat or gutter margin, you will need to allow for an additional margin area to ensure an easy read. An additional 1.5 to 2cm will ensure that anyone reading your book will not need to force the spine flat to read the content on the binding edge of your book.

Perfect Binding Cover design

Perfect binding covers can be supplied as 3 individual pages. The back cover, spine and front cover.

If you are printing on the inside of the cover, you will need to supply the inside cover in the same way, however, in the opposite order excluding the spine (inside front cover / inside back cover) with 5mm external bleed on all sides.

Alternately, you can supply the cover as spreads, which is the back cover spine and front cover as one page. 

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.

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.

 

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

My book size is not listed in your calculator
In most instances you can use the book size which is slightly larger than your book. Landscape books, however, could require a custom quotation.
How long until I get my books
Our standard production time is between 10-15 working days.
Can you resize my Book?
Unfortunately, resizing your content can be problematic. We can recommend content specialists to assist you.