A camera ready hard cover file should include space for 1″ on all four sides (regardless of actual book size), back cover, front cover, and spine allowance. Examples –

  • 5.5×8.5″ with a 1″ spine would be 14×10.5″
  • 6×9″ with a 1″ spine would be 15×11″
  • 8.5×11″ a 1″ spine would be 20×13″

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/hb/color/coverdesign.html

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