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Martin Lee Turnbull
724 Lillian Lane
Oak Creek, Colorado 80467
979 736 8223

Soft Cover Book Printing

Paper Back Books

Printing your soft cover book

The size of soft cover (paper back) book you design and print depends on the intended use of the book, and the market you want to reach. The design and printing budget will play a large part in the final product.

Soft cover books come in a wide variety of sizes, bindings and cover stocks. The following information will help prepare you to submit a quote using the attached web form.

The page size of paper back of soft cover book is determined by the standards of the market or audience you are trying to reach. Common sizes range from 4 1/2 x 6 7/8 inches to 9 x 12 inches. The common sizes are generally less expensive to produce because more pages will fit on the parent press sheet. There is almost no limit to specialty sizes of paper back books, however odd sizes tend to waste paper may cost more to print.

The cover presentation plays a vital part in attracting attention on a bookshelves stocked with hundreds of other books for sale. For this reason alone most soft book covers are printed in living color (CMYK) plus a foil color finished with a liquid plastic coating for protection. Unless you have a specific type of binding in mind the printer will look at your quote request and suggest the binding most suitable for your book.

We would welcome an article or two about soft cover book design that focuses on type styles, layout and marketing. Full credit will be given to the author and or the designer. If you would like to submit a sample of your work I would be pleased to display it here at Space is limited to nine samples per month. Send a low resolution full size .gif images to Please limit your submission to the front and back cover, spine and four text pages. Make your subject line Soft Cover Sample. Then in 250 words or less tell about the paper, the design, intended use, and your company.

In the meantime feel free to submit a request for a Soft Cover book quote using the form below or cruise around the web site via our Table Of Contents entry point below.

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