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Non-fiction book design

$2.40 to $9.60 USD per page

We receive a wide range of non-fiction texts, from business books to self-help, medical books to instruction manuals. The breadth of material varies, but I love to be able to give it a really clear visual structure by choosing the type, the color and styling to make the whole book easy to navigate. I also enjoy working on each page, styling the images, tables, quotes, excerpts, lists and notes to really work perfectly with one another.

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Files Files: Send us your text in editable format (MS Word) and any other material like charts or photos in source format wherever possible (Excel, Word, Photoshop, Illustrator).

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Instructions Instructions: Provide any styling input you want to give our designers. This might be an extract from a book you like or a description of the look and feel you want for your material.

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Cover Cover: Either show us your existing cover or see our cover design service page. A cover really sets the tone for a book so it must be created first.

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Trim size Trim size: We need to know the size of the paper pages in your book so we can lay them out correctly. Most printers offer a range of standard trim sizes to choose from.

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Binding Binding: Tell us how your pages will be held together – paperback or hardback, sewn or glued. We will then ensure the design includes adequate binding margin.

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Colorspace Colorspace: Let us know if you decide to print B&W or color. Designing your book in color can make it look fabulous but keep in mind it may be a lot more expensive to print.

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Paper Paper: State your paper choice. The thickness (#, gsm) stock color (white, crème) and coating (gloss, matte) may impact how ink is absorbed.

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ISBN ISBN: Include this 13-digit number and we will add it to your copyright page in order to uniquely identify your book for distribution.

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Printer Printer: We need to know your choice of printer in order to produce your final book PDF correctly for their machines (crop marks, spreads, bleed, ink saturation).

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Restrictions Restrictions: Tell us anything else we need to know before we get started. For example maybe you want to aim at a fixed page count or avoid any blank pages in the design.

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Collate Collate: We combine all files in sequence and then review the material. May also add or move front/back matter in line with good convention.

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Prepare Prepare: Clean the text ready for careful layout and typesetting by removing unwanted spaces, breaks, tabs and sections.

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Layout Layout: Set margins, columns, pagination and running headers to create a stylish arrangement that works for the trim and binding.

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Structure Structure: Design a scheme for front matter, parts, chapters and heading levels to ensure the structure and navigation is as clear as possible.

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Style Style: Select fonts, add flourishes and design chapter opening pages to set the tone for the author, book genre and target audience.

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Typeset Typeset: Follow best-practice on font size, leading, justification, hyphenation, tracking and kerning to ensure text is perfectly polished and enjoyable to read.

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Tables Tables: Present all table data in a clear, consistent fashion with styling and shading chosen to complement the overall page design.

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Images Images: Style and place images as a matching set for print. This may require Photoshop work on resolution, color, saturation as well as touch-ups, cropping, extensions.

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References References: Apply clear, consistent styling to all footnotes, endnotes.

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Contents Contents: Include fully dynamic list of contents, figures and tables to make locating material as easy as possible for your reader.

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Index Index: Format your index into columns and levels for easy reference. Please note that actually creating the list of index terms is not a service we provide.

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Balance Balance: Set pages to best suit the content, creating squared-off pages at identical heights, avoiding widows/orphans and preventing awkward breaks.

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PDF PDF: Generate a final book file to all the requirements of your chosen printer (spreads, ink saturation, transparency flattening, font embedding, bleed, crop marks).

The details

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From $2.40 to $9.60 USD per page  ($400 USD minimum)

The work required depends on the length and complexity of your book. We will therefore need to review your files before we can issue your quotation. Read more about receiving your quotation.

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Turnaround in 8 – 15 business days

This timescale is an estimate. The time required to complete your particular job will be in your quotation. This does not include time you'll need to review files or request changes. For tight deadlines we provide an express service subject to availability.

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Images in books

If your book contains images you may want to consider how these are to be sourced, see sourcing images for books for further details. Where you ask us to source images for your design, these will have a stock license for printing 500,000 copies of your book. However, under the terms of the license we cannot send you source jpg image files for you to use for other purposes as this is considered 'reselling'. In this case you will need to purchase the image and license it directly.

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Receive a print-ready PDF

We return to you a PDF prepared to all the specifications of your chosen printer (spreads, ink saturation, transparency flattening, font embedding, bleed, crop marks). Each file is checked against the latest verification standards.

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Process & changes

We initially provide a styling sample — changes will be made to this until you are entirely happy. Next, we send the whole book as a watermarked PDF — a single set of changes to this are included before we return your final file. Read more about reviewing your job and requesting changes.

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50:50 payment via PayPal

We request an initial 50% payment before our designers start work and a 50% payment of the balance once you are totally happy. All instant payments paid via PayPal. Read more about making payment.