Layout

by Book Empire

How to lay out your files Here is a breif overview on how to lay out your files.

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Paperback Books

Please supply a single A5 PDF with each page in the PDF as a single page, i.e not in 2 page spreads.

We print all of our books digitally; this means that our A5 sized books are often a couple of millimetres smaller than A4. Our A5 black and white books measure 202mm x 143mm, colour books remain full size at 2mm x 148mm. This makes the process more cost effective and we pass the saving on to you.

To prepare an A5 word document for print:

  • Click page layout and set the document size. If you have images or colour backgrounds that run to the edge of the page you will need to add a 3mm bleed on all edges. Go to page layout, size, and click on more sizes. There will be an area to enter a custom size.
  • Please do not adjust the gutters for the binding as we move this to accommodate.

Hardback Books

With hardback books, we will usually trim an additional 4mm from the top and bottom of the internal pages. This is to ensure that the internal pages sit within the hardback casing.

To prepare an A4 word document for print:

  • Please supply a single page set up for your book as PDF i.e not in 2 page spreads. This should be set up in 1 file.
  • We print all of our books digitally and all books come off the press and book blocks and not spreads
  • A4 and A5 books book blocks are 4 mm smaller due to the way they run off the press but this does not affect the set up as we scale to fit. The actually hard case covers are A5 and A4

Paperback Cover Design Layout

We provide a cover design service where one of our experienced designers will design the front cover, back cover, and spine, to your design brief.

When you are designing your own cover, or outsource your cover design elsewhere please send us your files either as one image that includes your front cover, back cover and spine, or as three separate images. Please remember to add 3mm bleed to the edges.

A5 & A4 Wire Bound or Coil Bound Books:

Inside Pages

Please supply a single page set up for your book as PDF i.e not in 2 page spreads. This should be set up in 1 file.

We print all of our books digitally and all books come off the press and book blocks and not spreads.

  • Click page layout and set the document size. If you have images or colour backgrounds that run to the edge of the page you will need to add a 3mm bleed on all edges. Go to page layout, size, and click on more sizes. There will be an area to enter a custom size.
  • Please do not adjust the gutters for the binding as we move this to accommodate.
Booklets

A5 or A4 Inside Pages

  • Click page layout and set the document size. If you have images or colour backgrounds that run to the edge of the page you will need to add a 3mm bleed on all edges. Go to page layout, size, and click on more sizes. There will be an area to enter a custom size.
  • Please provide as a PDF with each page as a single page. The internal page count must be a multiples of four. This can include the inside front and inside back cover, and blank pages can be used to increase page count.
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What files can we accept:

We can accept files in most formats but ask for PDF files as what you see on screen is 99.9% what you will get on paper. Other file formats can cause issues due to fonts and programe templates.

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