How to format a book for publishing? The complete guide

Karrar R
Karrar R
Jul 29, 2018 · 5 min read

Since you are here searching for How to format a book for publishing?. I assume either you are a curious person or in the process of producing your new book. And probably wondering how to turn your first draft or manuscript into an actual book which reader will buy it from Amazon, Barnes, and noble, or strand bookstores.

In this post, I will share as much knowledge about choosing the best book design as possible with you. And how to format a book for publishing. So, later on, you can select the best practices and which tools to use in your book design. And you will have the ability to transform your manuscript into a beautiful book which is ready to be published. I will treat “ How to format a book for publishing?” as a puzzle which needs collection. And you will find below where to find its pieces. And when you finished assembling them.

The importance of book design piece

Choosing a good book design is essential for collecting the puzzle of How to format a book for publishing?. The book design must be an intersection between many factors which you must put in consideration while choosing a designer. The designer will have to understand your distribution, editorial, and your marketing decision when designing your book.

It is the same as choosing good music in the store, the images or videos used in ads. However many will not notice it, but it will influence our opinion to buy or not, directly or indirectly. Making your book beautiful will lead more people to buy it in spite of its content. I am not saying the design is the only important part, but even a poorly written book get purchased a few times thanks to the excellent book cover design.

Your book cover design is the first step to getting people to buy your book; if the like it, they will buy it and then discover its content. If they did not, many would not bother themselves buying it at all.

I am not saying the design is the only important part, but even a poorly written book get purchased a few times thanks to the excellent book cover design.

Also choosing a good book cover alone will not give your book a fantastic design. Do not forget to select the best font and layout for your book paragraphs and chapters. And this absolutely will affect the reader experience significantly.

How to format a book for publishing? The book design basics piece

There are two essential elements which make a book looks like a book. The first element is the book cover ( sometimes called the jacket), and the second element is the book interiors.

You need these two elements to make a book, so when preparing to publish your book. You should have two files one for the book interior and one for the book cover. In case of an ebook, the book interior will be in a PDF or EPUB file, and the book cover will be in a PDF or A JPEG file.

How to create an ebook?

Book interior

The process is easy and straightforward; there are two options to format your book, the first is called a reflowable EPUB. The file looks like a webpage. And the content will adapt to the size of the phone, tablet or book reader.

The second format is a fixed-layout EPUB; if you choose this option for your book. The content will be displayed the same way on all devices; this option is the best if your book has many photos.

Fixed-layout EPUB is the best if your book has many pictures.

Book cover design

When you have finished formatting your interior, your book will need its outer cover; below you will find some tips for choosing the best book cover design:

  1. If you want your book cover to be compatible with Amazon and Kindle bookstore, the height to width recommended ratio must be at least 8:5, and the recommended resolution is 1600 X 2560.
  2. When choosing a book cover design make sure the title is big and easy to read.
  3. Do not use many fonts. Pick one or two and make sure they are compatible with your book content and genre.
  4. Always use a high-quality image.
  5. Use excellent and reasonable colors on your book cover.

Remember your book cover is the first thing the reader will notice and affect their decision of buying your book or not, so choose the best book design for your book and make sure it is compatible with the content of your book and your book genre.

How to create a paper book?

Well creating a physical book is more complicated than building an ebook and the distribution is somehow different. If you created your eBook design, then you passed your halfway. Physical books will give a magical feel to many readers. And nothing will beat the feeling of holding your book in your hand.

When you choose your book design for the printed version, there are standard formats to choose from (sometimes called trim sizes). And they are different from one country to another, but in general, they are:

  1. Pocketbooks: its scope will be around 4.25 x 6.87, this size is less costly than others.
  2. Trade paperback: its size will be 5.5 x 8.5 or 6 x 9, this size is the standard size for novels, many general non-fiction books, and memoirs.
  3. Manuals and textbooks: its size ranges from 8 x 10 to 8.5 x 11. It is more extensive and allows up to two columns in each page.
  4. Illustrated books: It can be of any size and any format, its primary focus on design and not on cost. They are widely used for photography, architecture and fashion books.

Above are the sizes widely used. But if you want a larger scale, try to avoid extensive, comprehensive and massive design. Your book must remain handy. The format you choose will affect its thickness of your book. The small trim sizes will increase your book thickness and vice versa. The font used and its scope will change the page count. And the thickness of your book. Once your book interior design is ready, you can finalize your book cover design and size. Do not forget to put the spine dimension of your book in your account.

Remember to put your book title and your name on the front, small blurb, description of your book, the barcode and the ISBN on the back.

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