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Paperback Book Publishing & Printing

The book style that’s made to connect with readers.
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Paperback books

Remember the last time you fell in love with a book?

You kept it close—because putting it down was too difficult. You took it everywhere—just to read a couple of pages in a spare moment. And if you want your readers to do the same with your book, then you make it a paperback.

What's a paperback book?

Paperback books (also known as softcover or softback books) are typically made with a thick paper or cardboard cover and held together with flexible glue binding, or perfect binding. They’re small and lightweight, making them perfect travel companions. Paperbacks are also popular for many book styles, including children’s, young adult fiction, romance, poetry, graphic novels, and religious books.

What's the difference between paperback and hardcover books?

Hardcover books are typically made of cardboard, and can be covered with paper, cloth, or a similar fabric for protection. These books are bound with adhesive case wrapping, making for a studier book. However, paperback books can be much more accessible and easier for readers to take on the go.

Printing and publishing your paperback book

You can find all of the printing and self-publishing services you need for your paperback book right here at BookBaby. We offer everything from cover design to editing, and our Publishing Specialists will work with you from start to finish. All you need is your finished manuscript!

From wrapping up a chapter during lunch to falling asleep mid-sentence at night, there’s no better way to stay connected to your readers than with a paperback book.

Make a book readers will keep close by with all the paper stocks, cover finishes, and printing options needed to make the softcover of your dreams.

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Our most popular paperback book trim sizes:

Romance Pocket Book 4.25" x 6.87"

Romance
Pocket Book 4.25" x 6.87"

Softcover, Perfect Binding, 60lb natural
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Religion US Trade 6" x 9"

Religion
US Trade 6" x 9"

Softcover, Perfect Binding, 60lb natural
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POD ready
Children's Square 10" x 10"

Children's
Square 10" x 10"

Softcover, Perfect Binding, 80lb gloss
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Edit or regret it.

Give your manuscript the love it deserves with a professional editor.

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What is perfect binding?

Perfect binding is the adhesive-based bookbinding style of choice for most paperback books. After the back folds are cut off, the pages are bound by gluing, instead of stitching or stapling like in a magazine. See how BookBaby does perfect binding.

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We’ll convert your novel into an eBook, sell it digitally in 60+ stores, and with Print On Demand you can now sell your book directly to your readers without worrying about large print runs, warehousing, or fulfillment.

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100 Digest 5.5” x 8.5”

Softcover, perfect binding, 60lb natural paper stock, gloss cover finish, 100 full-color pages.

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Multiple trim sizes and options based on your book genre.

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Build your book from scratch with a range of trim sizes, cover styles and finishes, bindings, paper stock options, and print types.

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