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Popular book sizes

A format 178 x 110mm

B format 198 x 130mm

A5 210 x 148mm

Trade paperback 216 x 135mm

US Trade paperback 229 x 152mm

Royal 234 x 156mm

B5 250 x 176mm

Crown Quarto 246 x 189mm

A4 297 x 210mm

To view or print a template of these sizes please click below


You can supply your text to us in the following formats:

We can use many different file formats including PDF, Word, Publisher, Quark and Indesign - please check with us for compatibility.


If necessary we can add pictures to your text files as required. Pictures can be supplied as digital files or as hard copy for us to Scan.

Picture files should be at a minimum of 300dpi for the best results and we can accept all of the normal file formats (PDF, JPG, TIFF etc).

Where hard copy is supplied we can scan to black and white or colour at the correct resolutions to give an excellent printed result.

Hard copy should be no more than A3 size. If you need something scanning larger than this then please ask for our advice.

Cover Artwork

We can accept either final correct size cover artwork or we can prepare this for you.

If the artwork is supplied to us we need to ensure that the spine size is correct (please ask us for a size if unsure) and that all sides of the cover have a minimum of 6mm bleed added to the final size.

We can of course create the cover artwork for you if you provide us with an idea of the text and pictures you require. We will provide a design based on this layout for you to approve.

Barcodes for the cover can also be supplied by us, as can QR codes for pointing the reader to websites etc.

Artwork Preparation

Send us your artwork or we can create it for you

View PDF Template

Page Setup and Font Use

The following instructions show you how to create the correct page settings in Microsoft Word. Click ‘SEE IT’ to see the actual dialog boxes.

Select the page setup dialog box.

Margins for the inside edge of a paperback book should be approximately 20mm and for the outside edge approximately 16mm and these can be increased for the larger books sizes. You will also need to select mirror margins in the multiple pages drop-down.Top and bottom margins can be set at 18mm and 20mm respectively.   SEE IT

Select the ‘Paper’ tab and change the paper size settings to the same as your chosen book size. You may have to choose custom size and then enter the dimensions in the boxes provided. Make sure the orientation (portrait or landscape) is correct.   SEE IT

Finally on the ‘Layout’ tab set the header at 10mm and the footer at 7.5mm and select ‘top’ for the vertical alignment.   SEE IT

Choose a serif font such as Times New Roman for maximum readability. The font size normally used for a paperback book is usually 11 or 12. Line spacing should be set at 1.25. For heading text chose a display font or use a sans-serif font such as Arial.

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