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Introduction
Hi there, and thank you for downloading our free guide
all about book printing. Or maybe you’ve gone and
printed this off? Either way, pretty exciting stuff.
In this guide, we’ll cover everything you could possibly
want to know about book printing; helping you get your
head around paper types, sizes, covers, all the weird
words, phrases, and each step taken to ensure your
idea becomes a reality – a wordy, readable, tangible,
paper-based reality.
The main purpose of this guide is to give you a clear
understanding on whether your book is ready or not
to be printed, and if it isn’t, how to get it there. It’s also
so you can go over to our website and use our online
calculator confidently, with the knowledge that you are
entering all your information correctly.
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Contact Us
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Remus House
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Telephone: 01733 898102
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Products/Binding ......................................................................... 5
Hardback ............................................................................ 6
Paperback ........................................................................... 7
Coiled ................................................................................... 8
Book Sizes ............................................................................... 9
Portrait vs. Landscape ....................................................... 10
Colour vs. Black and White .............................................. 11
Paper ......................................................................................... 12
Types of Paper .................................................................. 12
Paper Stock ........................................................................ 13
Cover ......................................................................................... 14
Hardback ........................................................................... 14
Cover Stock ........................................................................ 14
Cover Finish ....................................................................... 14
Dust Jacket.......................................................................... 14
Paperback/Coiled ........................................................... 14
Cover Stock ........................................................................ 14
Acetate ................................................................................ 14
Gloss vs. Matte Finish ...................................................... 15
Design .................................................................................. 16
Other Design Information ................................................ 19
Page Layout ....................................................................... 19
Bleed .................................................................................... 19
Margins ............................................................................... 19
Pages and Sheets ............................................................. 19
Font Type ............................................................................ 20
Font Size .............................................................................. 21
Images ................................................................................. 22
Supplying Files ...................................................................... 23
Saving a PDF from Word ................................................ 23
Checklist .................................................................................. 25
FAQs .......................................................................................... 26
Contents
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The first thing you need to be aware of is that there are various types of books –
they’re first defined by their binding in our industry. In this guide, we’ll be looking
at the three main types: hardback, paperback and coiled. We also print booklets,
but they’re not touched upon in this guide. We’re producing a booklet guide soon,
so watch this space!
We do all of our printing and binding in-house. Having complete control of the
binding process means that we guarantee a professionally bound book every time.
For binding, we use Planamelt. This is a new hot-melt technology, developed for
the requirements of the graphic arts industry – and the first choice for adhesive
bindings and side gluing of any print products. But all you really need to know is it
means that your books aren’t going to fall apart any time soon.
There are quite specific reasons for choosing each binding type. Over the page are
the types and their benefits to help you decide which style will best suit your book.
Products/Binding
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Hardback
Why choose hardback?
Prestige final product
Durable, long lasting binding
Perfect for special editions and gifts
Hardback books are more durable,
more impressive, and really stand out
on a bookshelf.
In short: A perfect bound book
is cased into a board casing with
strong glue.
Everyone loves hardback books. They’re
just that little bit more special, which
means that they should be reserved for
special occasions and special books.
The first stage of hardback binding is
identical to paperback binding, except
rather than using a cover to hold all of
the pages together, a heavy paper is
used. This is then attached to the hard
casing, made out of board which has
either had a cover printed on or a cloth
cover added. Hardback binding is a
longer process than paperback binding
and much of the process has to be done
by hand.
Whilst costing a little bit more than
paperback the benefits of printing
in hardback are significant: the final
product is incredible and they last a
really long time, which is why they are
perfect for yearbooks, limited editions or
biographies.
We have in-house case binding
machinery, which means that we are
able to print short-run hardback books.
Perfect for:
Wedding guest books
Special edition autobiographies
Photo books
Sizes
We produce hardback books in A5, A4,
royal or a custom size of your choice.
Different types of books work best in
different sizes. For example, a yearbook
works best in A4, whereas a novel would
be best in A5 or royal. A couple
of pages later on in this guide, on
page 9, we’ll go into more information
about sizes, so don’t sweat it yet.
Pages
Hardback books need to have a
minimum of 50 pages and a maximum
of 600 pages in order for the binding
process to be effective. For books of
less than 50 pages we suggest you go
paperback.
What material is used for the
hardback case?
The hardback case is made using a
cloth material or we can print onto
the cover. A wrap-around cover/dust
jacket can be added to the cased
book. The dust jacket has oversized
flaps that are folded and tucked in to
the cased book.
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Paperback
Why choose paperback?
Paperback books are the most
popular books in book stores
Provides a professional finish and is
the standard for most novels
A more cost effective method of
binding than hardback
Paperback books need no introduction.
They are the most popular book
type and the ones we are asked to
print most often. Sometimes they
are referred to as perfect bound or
softback.
In short: With paperback books,
the cover and pages are held
together using a strong adhesive.
To create a paperback book we ‘mill’
the spine edge of the unbound book.
This creates a rough surface allowing
the glue to bond more successfully.
The book is passed over a very hot glue
tank, where a revolving wheel applies
the glue. The cover is then clamped to
the book and the glue is allowed to set.
Once cooled the books are trimmed to
the desired size. Impressive, right?
Perfect for:
Novels
Poetry collections
Children’s books
Sizes
We can print paperback books in a
range of sizes A6, A5, A4, royal or a
custom size of your choice.
The size you choose will depend largely
on what your book is. Most novels are
printed A5, but workbooks, reference
guides and training manuals are often
better in A4.
Pages
Perfect bound books need to have a
minimum of 26 pages and a maximum
of 600 in order for the binding process
to be effective. If the book has too few
pages the glue might not take properly,
and if it has too many the insides
might become too heavy and break up
the glue. If you stick to the 26-600 page
rule, you can’t go far wrong.
If you do need to print fewer than 26
pages, we recommend our booklet
printing service. This uses stitch
binding and as such there are no
minimum page quantity restrictions. 
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Coiled
Sometimes referred to as spiral bound, coil binding is a popular binding method
for functional books - books that you plan on using regularly, and opening and
closing frequently. The main advantage of coil binding is that the books can be
opened 360 degrees and lay flat on a surface.
In short: A plastic coil is wound through both covers and every page to bind
the book together.
When producing a coil bound book
the inside book pages are sandwiched
between two sheets of card (a front and
back cover). Holes are then punched in
to the spine edge of the book, before
a plastic coil is threaded and twisted
through the holes to form the binding.
Recipe books, annual reports, training
manuals, reference books, and diaries
all work brilliantly with coil binding.
Why choose coiled?
Books can be opened 360 degrees
and be placed flat on a surface
Coils are incredibly durable, making
them perfect for books that will be
used frequently
Works brilliantly for books of
all sizes
Perfect for:
Staff handbooks and training
manuals
Recipe and cookery books
Staff and student diaries
Sizes
We can print coil bound books in a
range of sizes such as A6, A5, and A4.
The size you choose will depend on
what your book is. A workbook or
cookery book is likely to be printed A4,
whereas a diary or reference book will
probably be A5.
Pages
There is no minimum page count for
coil bound books and they can feature
up to 600 pages.
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We’ve had people ask us before, “What size is a book?”, so maybe this
section will help. How long is a piece of string? It always varies, and we
can print in a variety of sizes, even to a custom specification – but it’s
good to get your head around the basics.
Colour/
Black & White
Size We Reccomend
A4
Colour 297 x 210mm
Ideal for workbooks, reference
guides and training manuals.
Black & White 287 x 205mm
Royal
Colour 234 x 156mm
An ideal size for a
novel of significance.
Black & White 234 x 156mm
A5
Colour 210 x 148mm
Common for novels, poetry
books and autobiographies.
Black & White 202 x 143mm
Slim
Volume
Colour 180 x 120mm
Good for pocket guides and
small, novelty books.
Black & White 180 x 120mm
A6
Colour 148 x 105mm
Works great for a
‘little book of poems’
or illustration books.
Black & White 143 x 100mm
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Just to clear this up, if you have an A4 piece of paper and the height is
longer than the width, it’s portrait. If you turn the paper on its side, and
the width is longer than its height, that’s landscape. Simple, right?
So next to discuss is which format you want your book printed in. Hopefully you
already have some sort of idea, but as rule of thumb, here is a list of types of
books and their more common format. Notice that the majority of books are
printed portrait.
Portrait:
Novels/short story compilations
Autobiographies/biographies
Poetry books
Guides, handbooks and manuals
Yearbooks and annuals
Diaries
Recipe and cookery books
These are the book types most
commonly printed portrait. You
probably already have an idea which
format you want to print in, if not
this might help point you in the right
direction.
Landscape:
Children’s books
Photo/art books
Lookbooks
Not many books are printed
landscape, so if you are going to go
against the grain, you need to be
able to justify why and be sure that
it is suitable.
Portrait Landscape
Portrait vs. Landscape
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One of the most frequent questions we are asked is “should I print my
book in colour, or in black and white?” – buddy, we don’t know! But we
can certainly offer some advice.
There are a number of factors that would contribute to the decision. If your book is
plain text, then the decision is simple: black and white, all the way. But if your book
features images, you have a decision to make.
Black and white printing is less expensive than colour; our online calculator can
demonstrate the cost difference for you. But sometimes the look of the book
is more important than saving a few pounds. If your book relies on images or
colourful illustrations, or if you’ve written a children’s book, they often look much
better in colour.
It is worth remembering that there is a third option: colour inserts. If your book
contains a small number of images or annotations that you would like to be
printed in colour, then black or white printing with colour inserts will most likely
be the best choice. Think back to a footballer’s autobiography – in the middle of
the book there’s a photo section. This gives you the benefits of cheaper black and
white printing, whilst keeping colour where it is needed.
We can print in full colour, black and white, or black and white with colour inserts.
But the decision is ultimately yours.
Colour vs. Black and White
A5
Paperback
100 Pages
50 Copies
Black & White
100gsm
£109.36
(£2.19 per book)
A5
Paperback
100 Pages
50 Copies
Full Colour
100gsm
£196.56
(£3.93 per book)
A5
Paperback
100 Pages
50 Copies
90 Black & White Pages
With 10 Colour Inserts
100gsm
£123.88
(£2.48 per book)
(Price difference between three same specifications apart from Black and White / Colour)
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Paper
Paper types can often be neglected or not even thought of until it’s too late.
So let’s break it down. There are three main types that we use: uncoated,
silk and gloss. You will need to decide what paper type you are going to use
for your book, so let’s take a look, shall we?
Types of Paper
Paper types refers to the finish of the
paper, this affects the look of the pages
rather than the feel or the weight.
Here, we can help you understand the
differences between each type, but if
you want advice on which to use for
your book specifically, you are best off
getting in touch.
Uncoated
This produces a matte finish. The
majority of books that you read have
an uncoated finish.
Perfect for:
Novels
Poetry books
Anthologies
Short stories
Biographies
Silk
Paper with a silk finish has a low sheen
coating. This improves colours and
sharpens images. Silk is somewhere
between uncoated and gloss, it
provides a high quality look in a more
subtle way than gloss.
Perfect for:
Photo books
Posters
Leaflets
Brochures
Gloss
The paper has a higher sheen coating
which further enhances colours and
sharpness.
Perfect for:
Children’s books
Colour inserts
Photo books
Recipe books
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Paper Stock
The paper stock is the weighting of the paper. As a general rule, a higher stock
paper is a little more expensive to print on, but higher stock is also perceived as
being higher quality. Don’t let that fact alone be the decider – certain stocks suit
specific types of books more than others.
There is a common mistake you need to avoid here. Many people either go for the
thinnest paper to save money, or the most expensive assuming it will result in a
better quality book. Whilst that can sometimes be true, it’s often not the case.
What is GSM? Sounds sciencey...
GSM is an acronym standing for ‘Grams per Square Metre’. Quite simply,
it allows print buyers and print suppliers to know the quality of paper
that is being ordered. The higher the GSM number, the heavier the paper.
70gsm - Uncoated
70gsm is suitable for black and white
printing, and used to lower the weight of a
book. It can help cut costs on international
postage, you know, if that’s your thing.
80gsm - Uncoated
Our standard paper for black and
white books, and is perfect for novels,
biographies and poetry books.
80gsm - Uncoated (Off-White)
As above, but the colour of the paper is
off-white, rather than a more distinctive
white. Maybe opt for this if you want more
of a traditional or vintage look.
100gsm - Uncoated
Our standard paper for colour books.
Also works well as a heavier alternative
for black and white books, particularly
A4 books. Perfect for autobiographies,
anthologies, history books.
115gsm - Gloss or Silk
Slightly heavier than 100gsm, but with a
gloss or silk finish. It works best in books
and booklets with a lot of colour.
120gsm - Uncoated
120gsm provides an outstanding finish for
colour pages, and work perfectly as colour
inserts in black and white books. It’s best
suited for brochures, presentations and
colour inserts in biographies.
135gsm - Gloss or Silk
A high quality, thick paper stock that can
make colour pages look more vibrant and
sharp. Perfect for leaflets and flyers.
170gsm - Gloss or Silk
This is our heaviest paper; it’s very strong,
durable and provides a beautiful, vibrant
finish. It works brilliantly for postcards,
menus, and posters.
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Cover
No. We’re not doing it. We’re not lowering ourselves to quote that idiom.
Instead, we’ll tell you about the stuff that matters – you need to know
what stock you want, its finish and well, how it’s going to look. Judge that.
Hardback
Brace yourself, when you print hardback,
you have a plethora of options for your
cover. You need to know what your finish
will be and whether you would like a dust
jacket or not.
Cover Stock
One size fits all when it comes to hardback.
It’s a stock we call board and is 2mm thick.
Glued on top of the board is a laminate in
gloss or matte, or a cloth finish.
Cover Finish
There are three finishes you can have on
top of your stock: gloss, matte and cloth.
There is an endpaper glued on the inside,
to keep it all in place – these are 160gsm
cream stock.
Cloth
The type of cloth used to cover the board
stock is called Wibalin, and it in glued on top.
It’s available in: black, blue, red, and green.
Be aware that if you opt for the cloth
option, it will be plain – you cannot print a
design on top of the cloth. (You can add a
dust jacket however.)
Dust Jacket
The dust jacket is not exclusive to a cloth
finish; you can also place one on top of
a gloss or matte finish. The jacket itself is
always 170gsm, with a gloss or matte finish.
Paperback/Coiled
Cover Stock
Like with paper stock, cover stock deals
with the thickness of a cover (when you
are going down the paperback route).
There are two options available for you:
250gsm
Our standard card for covers, we
recommend it for most of the books we
print. Perfect for novels, anthologies,
biographies, children’s books, poetry
collections, and more.
300gsm
A slightly heavier cover stock, and a
little more expensive than 250gsm, but
not significantly. It works brilliantly on
recipe books, manuals, workbooks and
children’s books.
Cover Finish
The finish can be in either gloss or
matte.
Acetate
If you are printing a coiled book, you
have one final option available to
you – and that’s acetate. It is a clear,
thin screen-like sheet that acts as a
protector. You’ll see this commonly with
training manuals, school diaries and
some cook books.
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Cover
And the winner is...
We feel novels are most commonly and best suited with a matte cover, and if
you’re a non-fiction writer, stick to gloss for now.
Ordering proof copies of your book in both gloss and matte can give you the
ability to compare and contrast finishes. You will need to request those sample
proofs separately – so our printers know what to print. There is a little extra fee
to pay, but just think about that peace of mind assurance that comes with it.
Gloss vs. Matte
Here we go, another fight on our hands. Never underestimate a good cover
lamination, or as it’s more commonly known, its finish. We produce 250gsm and
300gsm in matte and gloss for soft covers, and it’s a feature that requires your
attention. After all, it houses your entire work.
The main difference is the ‘shine’ of the paper under light – gloss is shinier and
more vibrant in colour than matte, which is considered understated. They both
feel different to the touch, and despite having more coating than matte, gloss is a
little bit thinner.
Gloss Matte
Gloss is the more visually attractive of
the two, and the more common – its
colours are of a higher contrast and
the images are cleaner and crisper.
It works better for darker colours.
There is a shine to the card, as it has a
reflective finish.
A gloss finish gives off the impression
of a richer product, and has
durable qualities: it repels dirt, dust,
fingerprints and can be wiped clean.
The downside however, is that
scratches, scuffs, creases and dents
are more visible.
Matte finish offers an understated,
natural and soft look – it’s not as
reflective and can take more of a
beating than gloss. It’s considered
more professional and is the more
fashionable option.
A benefit is that as it is not as
common as gloss, it automatically
draws attention. However, the finish
does lessen the intensity of the colour
on the cover, producing a washed-out
look, and the finish can be more likely
to show stains and spills.
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Cover Design
There are two things you need to now
consider (maybe even before you
choose what stock you want to use for
your cover):
Size
Design
Without either, you really don’t have a
cover. So in order to design your cover,
you need to know what the correct
dimensions are.
You can only know this once the
insides of your book are finished.
There’s not a ready-made template
as each book is of a different size,
depending on page count and the
stock chosen. However, you can
roughly work out your overall size:
1.
See our Book Sizes section (page 9).
Take the width and double it.
2.
This is the tricky bit. You need to
know the width of the spine (the
bit that goes in between the front
and back cover). Thankfully, we’ve
got you covered with our easy-
to-use spine calculator.
Just head on over to www.bookprintinguk.com/tools/spine-calculator,
choose your paper type and the number of pages your book will include and
our easy to use spine calculator will work out the size your spine needs to be.
Example: If you were printing an A5 black and white portrait paperback, on
80gsm paper (your classic novel), and it had 250 pages, your measurements
would look a little something like this:
Page size:
202 x 143mm
Spine width:
13mm
Cover size:
202 x 299mm
202mm
143mm + 13mm + 143mm
Note: These are measurements without the bleed included. The next section on
Page Layout will go into detail about the bleed and how to apply it.
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Cover Design
Remember, that was just a rough example. The measurements may not always
be as we set out – so you’re better off speaking to us directly to be sure (that way
we can go over the bleed bit too).
Is the size going to be different for a dust jacket cover?
You’re looking at adding an additional 5mm to your cover width, and also
76mm for the wrap around/inside panel if you’re designing a dust jacket
cover. So if your book (like above) is an A5 black white portrait paperback,
on 80gsm paper, with 250 pages, the width would be roughly:
76mm + 148mm + 13mm + 148mm + 76mm.
202mm
76mm + 143mm + 13mm + 143mm + 76mm
Note: Covers should be supplied as separate files – not as part of the print-ready
PDF which contains the body of the work. If not supplied separately, it may affect
the running order of your book.
Put the artwork for the cover of the book, the rear and the spine all in a single file
and in the form of one single unbroken image with 5mm bleed and crop marks if
you can.
More on bleeds and supplying files in just a bit.
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Cover Designs II
We can do this bit in-house – and we’re pretty good at it! Your cover has got to
sell the book, and grab attention, so make sure it looks good.
The printing of a full colour cover is included in the quoted price. If you haven’t
created a cover yet, our book cover design service might be for you? We can
create you a bespoke cover design for just £50.
So if you’re stuck at this part, just give us a call – we’ll make sure this is sorted for
you and you’re ready to have your book printed.
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Other Design Information
Here is just a quick run through of some other pieces of information you
may want to be aware of to ensure everything is a-okay. You’ll find most of
this over in our sample book too.
Page Layout
First of all, ensure you set the
document up at the correct page size
from the beginning; it saves a lot of
time and money doing this.
Always supply as single pages,
never double page spreads
Your inside pages should be sent
in the form of one complete
document, not a series of
documents
If you are including page numbers,
ensure they are not placed on the
binding edge
Bleed
So we’ve hinted at it enough, but what
is it? The bleed is the area at the edge
of a document which gives the printer
an amount of space to allow a cleaner
finish for trimming.
We require 5mm bleed on all edges for
jobs with any images, backgrounds or
colours that extend to the edge of the
page.
For example, an A5 book’s dimensions
are 210mm x 148mm; with a 5mm
bleed it will be 220mm x 158mm.
The extra 5mm bleed will be cut off, so
any important text or images should not
appear in or near this area.
Margins
Margins are the ‘blank’ spaces on the
page before the content, such as the
text or images. Unless, of course, you
want your words or picture to be right
up at the edge of the page.
For A5 and A4 books we recommend
that you set top and bottom margins to
10-15mm, set inside margins (binding
edge) to at least 18mm, and outside
margins to 15mm. For anything more
specific, just let us know and we can
advise.
For coiled books however, the main
design criteria to take into account
is the impact of the coil binding. The
holes that the coil threads into will
encroach on your page by 7mm, so
any text should be kept at least 10mm
away from the bind edge of the book.
Pages and Sheets
To work out how many pages you
have in your book, each printable side
of paper is classed as one page. One
sheet of paper equates to two printable
pages. If a page is purposefully left
blank, it is still counted as a page.
When you generate a quote online you
need only count inside pages but the
quote includes a full colour front and
back cover.
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How many words do I get per page?
A5 pages will carry an estimated 52 characters per line, including spaces
etc., 32 lines per page; so an estimated 350 words per page at 11 point size.
Font Type
Typesetting is when you arrange the text inside your pages in a legible way – the
font, size and style suits that of your book’s genre and context, and is overall
pleasing.
Get these things wrong however and they’ll stand out like a sore thumb.
Styles
Serif
Serif fonts have little ‘feet’ or lines attached to the ends of their
letters. They’re generally thought to look more serious or traditional.
Sans serif
Sans serif literally means ‘without serif’ – these fonts don’t have the
extra lines on the ends of letters. For that reason, they’re generally
thought to look more modern and streamlined.
Script
Scripts are what we might think of as cursive or handwriting style
fonts. They generally have connecting letters. You’ll find that script
fonts come in many different styles, from elegant, to fun and casual,
to hand-drawn.
Decorative
When you hear a font categorised as decorative, display, or
novelty, it all means the same thing – that font is meant to get your
attention. They’re often more unusual than practical and should
only be used in small doses.
Fonts
A
A
A
A
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Weights
Emphasis
Case
Font Sizes
Choosing your font size is a very important factor in the typesetting process. It
can be tricky to get right to suit the style of your book. Consider the following two
things when selection a font size:
The length of your book
The target readership
Here are some recommendations we can suggest:
Novel: We recommend a body text size of 11pt.
Children’s book: We recommend a body text size of 14pt.
Biography: We recommend for a biography a body text size of 10-12pt.
Fonts
A
A
A
A
Light Regular Bold Heavy
Aa Aa AA Aa
Italics Bold italics Small caps Underline
Example of text Example Of Text
Sentence case Title case
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If supplying separate images, please ensure they are a minimum of 300dpi, this
will ensure the best printing quality, lower resolution may result in pixelated
images. Anything lower and it will look fine on any computer, but will look
terrible in print. We accept JPEG, TIFF, PSD, AI or PDF files.
If you unable to digitally supply your image, post them to us and we scan them in
to your book.
It is very important for you be aware that when putting any pictures into your
book, you and you alone, must own the rights to them or have been granted
permission by their owner to use them, or you have the legal rights to.
Colour
We print in CMYK, please ensure all images are supplied in this format to
guarantee a faithful colour reproduction.
Images supplied in RGB may result in a variation of colour and is highly
recommended that you do not do this.
Images
Inset: Same image at
50dpi with 200% zoom
Inset: Same image at
300dpi with 200% zoom
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Okay, so what do I need to make sure I know about my book? We put
together this list for you to tick off, one-by-one, to ensure you understand
each step going into having your work ready to print, and of course,
making sure you’ve done the work required!
I’ve written my book (like, fully)
I high-fived the person nearest to me
My book will be hardback/paperback/coiled
The size of my book will be .........................................................................................................
My book will be portrait/landscape
The cover stock will be ..................................................................................................................
The finish of my cover will be gloss/matte/cloth
My cover will have a dust jacket/acetate (if applicable)
I have the cover of my book designed, and at the correct size
I thought about giving up, but remembered that winners don’t quit
My book will be printed in colour/black and white/with colour inserts
The paper in my book will be uncoated/silk/gloss
I know what font types and font sizes will be inside my book
Images? Yeah, got them all sorted - 300dpi and everything
The inside pages of my book are designed correctly for print
My book is in a PDF file, and ready-to-print
I want .................................copies of my book printed (once I’ve seen my proof)
I’ve drank my well-earned cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate/green tea
Checklist
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FAQs
Q. Do you supply ISBNs for my book to be sold?
Unfortunately not, they can only be purchased through Nielsen Book, or through
our publishing partner, Spiderwize.
Q. How much does it cost to print a book?
There are a number of factors that go into calculating the cost of print. The
number of pages, the size of the book, the type of paper and binding, the list
goes on.
As we are a digital book and booklet printer it is more economical for us to set
up and print between 25 and 500 copies. Setting up fewer than 25 copies is very
time consuming and uses a lot of our resources. As a result it might seem like
ordering a smaller number of books is less cost effective.
The best way to find out how much it will cost to print your book is to get a
free quote online using our calculator. This guide was designed to cover every
question you will encounter whilst you use the calculator to create your quote.
Q. Does my quoted price include delivery?
Yes. Delivery to one UK address is included in our base price. Additional
deliveries will be charged at £6 per box.
Q. Does my quoted price include VAT?
No, it doesn’t. This is because you may not have to pay VAT on your order. If
you are printing a ‘complete book’, such as a novel or a biography, it will not
be subject to VAT. Take a look at our VAT guide over on our website for more
information.
Q. Does my quote include a cover?
Yes, the printing of a full colour cover is included in the quoted price. If you
haven’t created a cover yet, our book cover design service might be for you?
We can create you a bespoke cover design for just £50. Go check out the Cover
Design section on page 19 of this guide for a flavour.
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FAQs
Q. How long will it take to get my books?
All of our turnaround times are estimated.
Paperback:
PDF Proof from PDF print-ready files = 1 working day
PDF Proof from other file format = 3-4 working days
Printed bound proof from PDF print-ready files = 3-5 working days
Full order black and white printing = 7-10 working days
(after proof is signed off)
Full order colour printing = 7-10 working days (after proof is signed off)
Hardback:
PDF Proof from PDF print-ready files = 1 working day
PDF Proof from other file format = 3-4 working days
Printed bound proof = 4-8 working days
Full order black and white printing = 15 working days
(after proof is signed off)
Full order colour printing = 15 working days (after proof is signed off)
At present, we do not offer a fast track service, and books are delivered the next
working day to a mainland UK address through UPS couriers.
Deliveries to Scotland and Northern Ireland take 3-4 working days.
Deliveries further abroad may take longer.
Q. Why do hardbacks take so much longer than
paperbacks?
Hardbacks take longer because each cover has to be handmade. They are worth
the wait though, the final product is stunning.
Q. How do I order re-prints?
Re-prints can be ordered through your online account. Your account will save
your past orders so it is very quick and easy to re-order. If you would like to make
changes to your order before re-ordering you would either need to upload a new
file or get in touch with a member of the team.
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Q. What type of paper do you use?
We use FSC-certified paper. FSC do incredible work in protecting forests around the
world. All of their paper is sourced responsibly, and they work closely with the WWF
to protect animals and people who call forests ‘home’.
Q. Can I get help with marketing and publishing
my book?
Yes, through our assisted self-publishing arm Spiderwize. You can find out more
about them by visiting www.spiderwize.com
Q. Who would win out of a fight between Godzilla,
a scorpion with a rocket launcher for a tail, and
‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage?
Macho Man, ooh yeah.
FAQs
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