Are You Ready to Print?

You should have two PDF files for your book project. One for your Cover and one for your Book Block. Review these points before you submit your print jobopens a new window.

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Covers are printed on 11x17" cardstock paper in the landscape orientation. The cover design should be centred vertically and horizonally on the 11 x 17" document. The front cover is printed on the right-hand side and the back cover is printed on the left-hand side of the paper. Please check that you have formatted the cover size according to your book dimensions, or refer to the template (An Adobe Illustrator™ File ~ 1MB) for more details.

  • Orientation: landscape, centred on page
  • Colour settings: RGB or CMYK
  • Resolution: 300 dpi (dots per inch)
  • Size: Does your cover fit your book? Calculate the width of your book spine and then calculate the total width of your cover
 Book spine width (inches)  = Number of pages ÷ pages per inch*
 Total cover width (inches)  = Back cover width + spine width + front cover width

*Pages per inch values: standard cream paper is 434; standard white paper is 526

  • Bleed: Extend your cover image or background colour at least 0.25 inches (0.635cm) outside of your cover design. If the Espresso Book Machine is a little inaccurate when trimming your book, the bleed will make sure that the cover design goes right to the edge of the book.
  • Spine text: Text belongs at top of the book's spine (no text for books under 100 pages)
  • Save as: one PDF file (contains back cover, spine, and front cover) with PDF/X-1a:2001 or PDF/A export settings
  • Cover finish: matte or glossy

Book Block

  • Page count: 50-800 pages (i.e. 50 pages in your PDF document equals 25 physical pieces of paper in your book.)
  • Dimensions Minimum of 4.5" x 5.0" (11.4 x 14 cm); Maximum of 8.25" x 10.5" (20.32 x 26.7 cm)
    • If book has more than 300 pages, max dimension size is reduced
Number of Pages Max trim width x height (inches) Max trim width x height (cm)

Up to 300

8” x 10.5”

20.32 cm x 26.67 cm

Up to 400

7.875” x 10.5

20.00 x 26.67 cm

Up to 500

7.75” x 10.5”

19.69 x 26.67 cm

Up to 600

7.6” x 10.5”

19.30  x 26.67 cm

Up to 700

7.5” x 10.5”

19.05 x 26.67 cm

Up to 800

7.4” x 10.5”

18.76 x 26.67 cm

  • Inside margins: at least 0.5" (1.27 cm).
  • Page numbers: Accurate? Will not be cut off by binding?
  • Formatting: Do not include any double-page spreads or signatures
  • Blank pages: Do you want to include any blank pages at the beginning or end of your book?
  • Font size: As desired. Rule of thumb is 10 -12pt.
  • Line height: As desired. Recommended 1.15 or 1.25
  • Photos or pictures: Images in the body of the book will be in greyscale. Recommended: at least 300 dpi (dots per inch)
  • Page colour: standard white or standard cream

  • Did you? Use formatting tools instead of the space bar? Use Insert Page instead of the Enter key? Use Insert Picture from file instead of copy and paste?
  • Save as: one PDF file with PDF/X-1a:2001 or PDF/A export settings

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