Book Printing Checklist

The following list contains basic guidelines to help you avoid what we’ve found to be the most common causes of file rejection and delays.

INTERIOR FILES:

❏ Must be uploaded as a separate file from the cover
Please note that PDFs created using the “save as” function from MS Word are not supported
❏ Use single-page format (1-up per page)
❏ Do not include crop, registration, or printer marks
❏ All fonts must be embedded
❏ Make sure the final page is blank
❏ Margins must be a minimum of 0.5” (13mm) from final trim size on all sides. This includes page numbers and non-bleeding text
and art. We allow for a 1/16” (0.0625 in / 2 mm) variance in printing. If text/images are too close to the trim edges, they could be
cut in the printing and binding process.
❏ Gutter Margin (no ink area):
0.125” (3mm) is required on the bind side of interior
Saddle stitch books (anything less than 48 pgs) do not require gutter margins
❏ Bleed:
B&W interior – We do not guarantee bleed off of any edge of the text page
Color interior – Full 0.125” (3mm) past final trim size, except on bind/spine side
❏ Spot Colors:
B&W interior – Do not include spot colors or ICC profiles and all images should be converted to grayscale
❏ Color interior – Must include CMYK images at/72dpi or higher. CMYK value should not exceed 240%. Elements
should not be built in “Registration”. All spot colors with/without transparencies must be converted to CMYK.
❏ For revisions, the entire file must be re-uploaded. Partial pages cannot be accepted.

Please be sure you are satisfied with your files before uploading. There will be a $100 + GST  charge for all revised file uploads after submission is complete.

COVER FILES:

❏ Must be uploaded as a separate PDF from the interior. PDFs created using the “save as” function from MS Word are not supported. Barcodes are mandatory on all covers. 100% black only and placed on a white box/background.
❏ Res: 300 dpi LPI: 180 Color Space: CMYK
❏ Bleed: 0.125” (3mm) on all four sides
❏ Type safety: 0.25” (6mm) minimum on all sides
❏ Spine Type Safety:
For page counts below 48, spine text is not available
Spines 0.35” and larger – 0.0625” (2mm) left/right sides
Spines smaller than 0.35” – 0.03125” (1mm) left/right sides
❏ Text that is 24 pt. or below, please use 100% black only
❏ All spot colors with/without transparencies must be converted to CMYK