Standard book sizes and margins
Book Sizing and Paper optionsLongstanding habits of readers and accepted trade practices have come to dictate that we follow these formatting guides unless we have a pretty good reason not to. I talk to a lot of authors and look at hundreds of self-published books, and the ones that are problematic jump out at me. For instance, last year I was judging the annual book competition for a local publishing group, and I found formatting and book construction mistakes in many of the books produced by amateur publishers. Today, I want to look at one of the most common of these mistakes, and show you easy ways to avoid it. This has to do with page margins—how to do them right and how not to do them wrong. Who else would want the job? There are so many tiny details and decisions that go into formatting a book that you pretty much have to be someone who enjoys working on that scale to appreciate book design.
Setting page size and margins: For books with bleed
Basic Book Design/Margins
Printers usually require minimum one-half-inch 1. Increasing margins e. However, I recommend increasing the inside margin the margin closest to the binding. This makes the book easier to read. Pages tend to curl near the binding. Less light gets into the center of a book.
Glance at the nearest bookshelf. Have you noticed that books come in all shapes and sizes? The truth is that book sizes vary based on each individual book — and publishers determine these sizes based on economic, practical, and artistic factors. The answer: yes. The trim size relates these dimensions, in Width x Height format. In the U. In much the same way, you can boil the importance of trim size down to three things: reading experience, marketability, and cost.