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There's nothing like seeing your work in print for the very first time. We’ve got you covered with a large and robust selection of affordable book printing options. Review the choices below to decide what book size your next masterpiece will look like and create your unique book today. BookBaby offers different book trim size options, different cover styles, and book binding types. Not sure where to start? Contact us today and we can work together on getting your custom book printed.

Custom Book Cover styles

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

Pocket Book 4.25 inches x 6.87 inches

Pocket Book

4.25" x 6.87"

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Pocket Book is often used for romance, mystery, light literature and other fiction novels. Popular Pocket Book text paper stock selections are 50lb or 60lb Natural with black & white text printing and perfect binding.
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Digest

5.5" x 8.5"

POD READY

Available in Hardcover

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Digest trim size is commonly used for digest publications such as the TV Guide, and Readers Digest, but is also popular option for poetry books. Need special book formatting for your poetry? Our sales team can help.
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US Trade

6" x 9"

POD READY

Available in Hardcover

more info US Trade
US Trade book layouts are a popular selection for sporting books and other non-fiction titles.
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Comic Book

6.625" x 10.25"

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This book layout style works for books with low page count & color printing, or high volume (over 1,000) saddle-stitching. Popular uses include comic books, magazines, children’s books, printed booklets and promotional literature. Gloss paper printing options are highly suggested.
us letter

US Letter

8.5" x 11"

POD READY

Available in Hardcover

more info US Letter
US Letter size is useful for many types of books ranging from photography to training manuals. This template has the same dimensions as a piece of average computer paper.
portrait

Portrait

8" x 10"

Available in Hardcover

more info Portrait
Portrait size has many uses including text books, art & photography books, training manuals, cooking books & religious publications.
large portrait

Large Portrait

9" x 12"

more info Large Portrait
The large portrait book template offers the same look as the portrait size only more robust, which is perfect for larger art, photography, and cook books.
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Small Square

7.5" x 7.5"

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Small square book sizes are a great compact way to have any kind of writing. This format works well for all binding and text paper options.
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Square

8.5" x 8.5"

POD READY

Available in Hardcover

more info Square
Square is matched well with all binding styles and text paper stock options. Square sizes are popular options for larger format fiction, non-fiction, photography, and cooking books.
Large Square

Large Square

10" x 10"

Available in Hardcover

more info Large Square
Large Square book sizes are a perfect way to display art and photography. All paper and binding options are a good fit for this book format.
landscape

Landscape

9" x 7"

POD READY

Available in Hardcover

more info Landscape
Landscape books make beautiful art & photography table top books and children’s books. If you’re writing an illustrated children’s book make sure to account for images and text with this book template.
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Landscape

11" x 8.5"

Available in Hardcover

more info Landscape
Landscape books make beautiful art & photography table top books and children’s books. If you’re writing an illustrated children’s book make sure to account for images and text with this book template.
landscape 12x9

Landscape

12" x 9"

more info Landscape
Landscape books make beautiful art & photography table top books and children’s books. If you’re writing an illustrated children’s book make sure to account for images and text with this book template.

Custom Book Binding Options

Whether you want a flexible perfect bound paperback or a sturdy hardcover, we offer custom book binding options that give your book the look and feel you want. Not sure which binding style is right for your book? Each binding style is explained in detail below.

Perfect binding

Perfect binding

more info Perfect binding
Flexible glued binding for softcover book covers. Perfect Binding is the binding style of choice for most paperback books. Minimum 24 Pages are needed.
Adhesive case wrap

Adhesive case wrap

more info Adhesive case wrap
Adhesive Case Wraps are printed on 80lb Enamel stock with gloss lamination. Minimum 24 Pages are needed.
Adhesive case wrap and Dust jacket

Adhesive case wrap and Dust jacket

more info Adhesive case wrap and Dust jacket
Adhesive Case Wraps & Dust Jackets are printed on 80lb Enamel stock with gloss lamination. Minimum 24 Pages are needed.

Custom Book Cover Finishes

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

Gloss film lamination

Gloss film lamination

more info Gloss film lamination
A lustrous film laminated gloss coating. Gloss finish protects your cover and adds a bright radiant sheen to your books cover.
Matte finish

Matte finish

more info Matte finish
A non-glossy finish without luster. Images appear softer and less crisp than gloss coated covers.

Interior Book Text Print Type & Image Printing

Make sure the inside of your books look as good as you write with fully colorized image printing and custom interior book text print.

Black & White interior text & image printing

Black & White interior text & image printing

more info Black & White interior text & image printing
Black text printing should be selected for books that contain NO color printing inside the body of the book. With this option all text and images will be printed in black & white.
Full color interior text & image printing

Full color interior text & image printing

more info Full color interior text & image printing
Choose color text printing for books containing any color printing inside the body of the book. With this option any images or text that require color printing will be printed in color.

Book 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.

420 PPI, 94 Opacity, SFI Certified

420 PPI, 94 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & Off-white

Best for lengthy novels,
prose and non-fiction.

500 PPI, 93 Opacity, SFI Certified

500 PPI, 93 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & White

Best for lengthy novels and extended text.

556 PPI, 95 Opacity, SFI Certified

556 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 POCKET BOOK pages DIGEST pages TRADE pages
10,000 30-75 25-50 25-50
20,000 75-100 50-100 50-100
30,000 100-150 75-150 75-150
50,000 200-300 150-250 150-250
70,000 250-375 250-350 200-300
100,000 400-500 350-450 300-400
150,000 550-650 450-575 400-500
200,000 700-800 600-700 550-650
225,000 N/A 700-800 650-750
250,000 N/A N/A 700-800
Based on 11pt font (9pt for Pocket size), 1.5 line spacing, no images.

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