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Standard Book Sizes and Book Printing Options

Choose the cover, book binding style, and custom trim size that works best for your printed book.

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Book Cover styles

BookBaby offers both hardcover and softcover book options. There is a 24-page count minimum for our hard case bindings. Hardcover books can also be covered with a dust jacket, a removable paper cover used to protect a book from dirt or damage.

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Soft cover

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Hard cover book

Hard cover

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Hard cover book with jacket

Hard cover with jacket

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Standard Trim Sizes

Deciding which trim size will best suit your book can be confusing, especially given all the industry-standard but completely unhelpful trim size names, like "US Trade" and "Digest." We've put together our genre recommendations, based on industry standards, to help you choose a trim size that makes it clear to the reader what they're buying. Here are our most popular standard book sizes.

Soft cover book

4.25" X 6.87"

Pocket book

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Soft cover book

5.5" X 8.5"

Digest

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Hard cover book

6" X 9"

US trade

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Hard cover book with jacket

7.5" X 7.5"

Small square

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Soft cover book

8.5" X 8.5"

Square

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Soft cover book

10" X 10"

Large Square

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Soft cover book

9" X 7"

Landscape

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Soft cover book

11" x 8.5"

Landscape

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Soft cover book

12" x 9"

Landscape

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Hard cover book

6.625" X 10.25"

Comic book

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Hard cover book with jacket

8.5" X 11"

US letter

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Hard cover book with jacket

8" X 10"

Portrait

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Hard cover book with jacket

9" X 12"

Large Portrait

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Custom Book Binding Options

Whether you want a flexible perfect bound paperback, a spiral bound cookbook, or a saddle-stitched wedding program, we offer many custom book binding options to give your book the look and feel you want. Not sure which binding style is right for your book? Each style is explained in detail below.

Soft cover book

Perfect binding

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Soft cover book

Saddle stitching

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Hard cover book

Black spiral

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Hard cover book with jacket

Black comb

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Soft cover book

Adhesive case wrap

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Soft cover book

Adhesive case wrap and Dust jacket

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Book Cover Finishes

Grab your reader's attention with a professionally designed book cover finished with a soft matte or polished gloss.

Soft cover book

Gloss film lamination

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Matte finish

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Interior Text Print Type & Image Printing

Turning your manuscript into a professionally formatted and designed book is critical to your success as an author and an important part of book design. That’s why each book we touch is custom designed by a real life professional book designer in our New Jersey facility. See your words and images dazzle your pages.

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Black & White interior text & image printing

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Full color interior text & image printing

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Interior Text Paper Stock Options

Your pages should look as good as the words written on them. The art of choosing the right paper stock is tricky, but it will ultimately define the feel and quality of your book, depending on your budget and production time. Uncoated paper stock has a rough, natural feel to it and is recommended for more traditional books without imagery. Coated paper stock reflects more light and has a slicker feel. It’s a popular choice for photography, art, comic and children’s books.

Soft cover book

500 PPI, 92 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & Off-white

Best for lengthy novels and books without imagery.

Hard cover book

420 PPI, 94 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & Off-white

Best for lengthy novels, prose and non-fiction.

Hard cover book with jacket

500 PPI, 93 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & White

Best for lengthy novels and extended text.

Soft cover book

667 PPI. 91 Opacity, SFI Certified

Coated & White

Best used in magazines, comic books and digests.

Soft cover book

455 PPI, 95 Opacity, SFI Certified

Heaviest & White

Best for photos and full color printing books.


Word Count

Our recommended word count for the most popular styles of books.

Word Count 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000 70,000 100,000
POCKET BOOK pages 30-75 80-150 100-150 200-300 250-375 400-500
DIGEST pages 25-50 50-100 125-150 150-250 250-350 350-450
TRADE pages 25-50 50-100 75-150 150-250 200-300 300-400

Based on 11pt font (9pt for Pocket size), 1.5 line spacing, no images.

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