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Book Layout Templates

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Book cover templates

In order to receive a book cover template, you will need to price out your book in our online quoter so we can determine which template will work best for your book type. BookBaby will calculate your book’s spine width based on the specifications you select when configuring your book along with the number of pages in the uploaded text/body file.

If you’re having trouble getting your book cover to format properly, our friendly staff is more than willing to help.

Book templates for interior text

These book templates are only for the body of your book and do not include the book cover template. Just click the “download” button to get a .ZIP file that contains our Microsoft Word book layout templates in multiple design programs. Please save this to your computer, and then unzip to get access to the templates.

The best way to ensure your book will look great is to save your project and get a quote. Our team is dedicated to top quality book printing and will provide all guidelines for the printing process, including book cover templates and layout.

After you save your quote and begin working with BookBaby, our specialists will make sure that your self-published book comes out perfectly. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!

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

Digest

5.5" x 8.5"

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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.

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Large Square

Large Square

10" x 10"

Available in Hardcover

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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.

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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 ltr

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.

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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.

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Promotional material templates

Poster 11 inches x 17 inches

Poster

11" x 17"

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Poster 18 inches x 24 inches

Poster

18" x 24"

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Bookmark 1.75 inches x 7 inches

Bookmark

1.75" x 7"

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Using our book templates

Get the formatting of your book looking great the first time. Download our helpful Book Printing Preparation Checklist PDF.

Specifications:

  • We offer book templates for use with the following design programs: Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, and Microsoft Word
  • All text files must be submitted in our book layout templates.
  • All files and images should be high resolution (300 PPI) and converted to CMYK color.
  • Save B&W images in Grayscale color mode.
  • Remove the book template guidelines before saving and uploading the final PDF design.
  • All fonts must be embedded.
  • The left and right text margins for manuscript pages should not be less than 7/8ths (0.875). Page Bleed is 1/8".
  • Microsoft Word users: If you are copying and pasting text from another Word document into our Word book template page, be sure to use Word’s Paste Special command instead of the default Paste command. Using the default Paste command will change the size of the destination page to the size of your source page.

PDF Export Settings

Finished text files must be submitted in PDF format. When exporting your final PDF for submission, we recommend exporting your PDFs using the PDF/X-4 preset available in every layout application. Learn how to export a PDF.

If you have files that are setup to a trim size not included in our standard layout templates listed on this page, please contact our customer support team for a custom quote. The book templates listed on this page represent our standard trim sizes but we do print and bind most trim sizes up to and including 9” x 12” in both softcover and case bound formats. We also offer professional in-house book cover design and text design/formatting services.

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