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.

Softcover book

Softcover

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Hardcover

Hardcover book with jacket

Hardcover with jacket

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.

Pocket book

4.25" X 6.87"

Pocket book

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Digest

5.5" X 8.5"

Digest

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US trade

6" X 9"

US trade

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Small square

7.5" X 7.5"

Small square

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Square

8.5" X 8.5"

Square

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Large Square

10" X 10"

Large Square

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Landscape

9" X 7"

Landscape

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Landscape

11" x 8.5"

Landscape

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Landscape

12" x 9"

Landscape

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Comic book

6.625" X 10.25"

Comic book

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US letter

8.5" X 11"

US letter

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Portrait

8" X 10"

Portrait

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Large Portrait

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.

Perfect binding

Perfect binding

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Saddle stitching

Saddle stitching

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Black spiral

Black spiral

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Adhesive case wrap

Adhesive case wrap

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Adhesive case wrap and Dust jacket

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.

Gloss film lamination

Gloss film lamination

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Matte finish

Matte finish

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Interior Text Print Type & Image Printing

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

Black & White interior text & image printing

Black & White interior text & image printing

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Full color interior text & image printing

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.

500 PPI, 92 Opacity, SFI Certified

500 PPI, 92 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & Off-white

Best for lengthy novels and books without imagery.

420 PPI, 94 Opacity, SFI Certified

420 PPI, 94 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & Off-white

Best for lengthy novels,
prose and non-fiction.

425 PPI, 93 Opacity, SFI Certified

425 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 80-150 50-100 50-100
30,000 100-150 125-150 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
Based on 11pt font (9pt for Pocket size), 1.5 line spacing, no images.

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