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Formatting and Design are two of the most important factors when writing your book.

A well designed book with correct formatting looks good and is easier to read. If you havent already written your book or you would like to ensure the best result, check out our basic guides below. Our specifications are based on Australian standards and are a guide only.

Content & Layout

Type Style

"Sans serif" or "serif" There are two primary styles of type: "sans serif" and " serif". "Serifs" are the tiny tails on the text. Most books use a 10 or 11 pt serif font for the body copy and a bold sans serif font for chapter titles and headers. Depending on the age of your target audience the larger type could be more suitable.

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. To ensure complete adhesion between the cover and the text, on the first page and last page of your text, a 5mm (a narrow strip) next to the spine must be kept free of all artwork and content.

Internal Page Breaks

When ending a chapter use either the “Insert page break” or insert "Odd Page Section Break," so the next chapter starts on a right-hand (odd) page. This will force the new chapter to start on a new page.

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. This will ensure that fonts and images are embedded and that not loss of data occurs during the printing process.


Adobe Indesign

Adobe Indesign is the industry standard software for printing. A packaged Indesign file must be sent to us if you wish to use the Adobe Indesign option.


Microsoft Word PDF

Microsoft Word PDF- 2007 or later, please be aware that fonts used are standard fonts otherwise the results may not reflect your original design. A press ready PDF created in word is preferred

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.

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