Book Formats

 Step 1

Choose your book format

Step 1 is easy. You just have to decide whether you want your book to be a hardback, a paperback, an e-book or an audio-book. In all likelihood, you’ll opt for a couple of formats—such as a paperback (also known as a softcover) and an e-book. The latter is easy. You just make that decision and you’re basically done until you upload it. With a book that you can hold in your hands, however, you’ll need to figure out the trim size, a fancy way of saying the book’s dimensions.

 

Trim sizes:

Although you can opt for a myriad of trim sizes (the actual dimensions of your book), sticking with the standards allows you the choice between white- and cream-colored paper instead of being automatically stuck with white paper. Since cream is easier on the eyes, it’s nice to have that option.

The graphic below shows standard trim sizes you can chooses from, as well as the maximum page count for that trim size. (The minimum page count is 24 pages regardless of the book’s dimensions). Trim sizes specify the book’s width first, followed by the height.

 

Trim Size   Color Interior
Maximum Page Count
  Black & White Interior
Maximum Page Count
    White Paper   White Paper Cream Paper
5.25″ x 8″ 480 828 740
5.5″ x 8.5″ 480 828 740
6″ x 9″ 480 828 740
7″ x 10″ 480 828 740
8″ x 10″ 480 440 400
8.25″ x 6″ 212 220 200
8.25″ x 8.25″ 212 220 200

 

The Next Step…

Once you’ve defined your book format(s), it’s time to start thinking about Step 2—the cover.