If you are creating files in Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress or Microsoft Word please ensure that you export or save your files as print ready PDF files. We cannot accept application files created in these software’s.
Microsoft Word documents
Please note that we cannot accept Microsoft Word documents. These must be laid out exactly as you would expect the final book to look and then turned into print-ready PDFs before being sent to us.
Click on the images below to read our handy guides on how to save your Word document as print-ready PDFs using Word 2016, Word 2010 and Word 2007.
If you have any questions then please contact us and we will be pleased to help you.
Print-ready text PDFs
Our preferred format for text files is a print-ready PDF saved as:
- one single file set up in page order (excluding the cover or jacket)
- with fonts embedded
- preferably with crop marks selected so we know where to trim your text once it is printed
- minimum 10mm clear white space on all sides (our recommendation) unless there are images that are intended to bleed (go to the edge of the page)
- ensure that you are using a CMYK workflow (if using Adobe InDesign or QuarkXpress)
Please do not save the PDF as double page spreads or save each page as individual PDFs – we will be unable to use files supplied in this way.
Files formats for plate sections
Our preferred format for plate sections files is a print-ready PDF saved as one PDF file for each section single page to view with crop marks. Please remember to embedd any fonts and ensure that image files are at least 300dpi and saved as CMYK.
If you are scanning images to be reproduced in a plate section then these should be scanned as .eps or .tiff files. Please avoid .jpeg.
The final resolution of images should be (screen ruling x scale x 2). Our screen ruling is 150lpi. If you have any queries regarding scanning images then please contact Nigel Mitchell on 01553 842477 or email@example.com
If scanning text pages from an existing book this should be scanned as a bitmap at 600 dpi (ideally 1200 dpi if possible).
Typesetting and cover design services
We can help with copy editing, design of your text and cover ready for printing and converting your files suitable for viewing on the Kindle and any ePub format such as the Nook and Kobo. If you require an old book to be scanned ready for reprinting we can also help with that. Please see our book design services page for more details.