Save Money With Your Book Design & Layout

By: Joshuaprizer
Most people don't think of the layout design of their book as an area that can impact the printing cost, but it can have an effect.

Printers print pages in blocks, called signatures. A 32-page signature is most common, so if your page count is divisible by 32, that's the most economical option possible. However, the general rule of thumb is to try to not print less than a quarter signature of 8 pages. So if your book is 266 pages, see if you can drop a couple pages to get it down to 264. You'll definitely notice the cost savings for the print run.

So what are some of the tricks to adjust the number of pages? First of all, see if you can adjust your margins slightly. Slight changes probably are not noticeable to most readers, but the price difference will definitely be noticeable to you.

Adjust the leading (space between lines). A very small adjustment might be barely visible to the average reader, but it could result in dropping a few pages from your book -- saving you money on your print run.

Doublecheck with your printer to make sure they use standard 32-page signatures. You certainly don't want to go through the hassle of adjusting your layout to squeeze an extra couple pages - only to find out that your printer uses 12-page signatures instead.

Finally, check with your printer regarding the size of your book. If you are printing a non-standard-sized book, the printer probably has some paper waste on the press. That paper waste equals extra cost for you.

Don't assume that the trim size you are using for your book will work just fine. Ask your printer's sales rep for recommendations for your trim size. Maybe they will recommend that you drop your size by just 1/8" or 1/4". Wouldn't it be worth it to do that to save money on the print run? Almost certainly!
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