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   The finished files of your book about to go into production must meet a few technical conditions. For POD publishing, all these conditions and the options for the finished format of the book are described in detail in the POD Operating Manual, which you will receive after registration. This section presents the basic technical specifications along with recommendations for creating the finished files.

   For the manuscript, we recommend the editor Microsoft Word 2000 or higher, which allows a quality final PDF conversion. The final file of the manuscript must be sent in DOC format. For publishing on author's management, the PDF format is also accepted. To create the cover, we recommend the use of Adobe Photoshop version 6.0 or higher. 

   Bookblock file specifications

   Trim sizes (external dimensions): The accepted trim sizes used on a large scale in standard books are (in inches): 5 x 8; 5.5 x 8.5; 6 x 9; 6.14 x 9.21; 7 x 10; 8.25 x 11; 8.268 x 11.693. We recommend the 6 x 9 or 5 x 8 inch trim size for the books of 100 to 400 pages. For color books, only the trim sizes 5.5 x 8.5; 7 x 10; 8 x 10; 8.5 x 8.5 and 8.5 x 11 inches will be accepted. 

   Margins: It is recommended that you provide a minimum 0.50 inch margin on all four sides of your text block. The document should be centered (left-to-right and top-to-bottom).

   Content structure:
   The document must have a title page (listing title and author)—page 1 is recommended; a copyright page (on which is printed the ISBN code, standardized descriptions, contact data of the publisher and/or author)—page 2 recommended; a contents page (optional in some literary genres)—recommended starting on page 3; and a reference page (optional in some literary genres)—last but one page recommended. We also recommend starting each new chapter on an odd-numbered page.
   The total number of pages should be in multiples of four, and the last page should not be printed. If the document does not meet this condition, it will be completed with blank pages until reaching the first multiple of four.

   Other requirements for the PDF file

   For standard black-and-white bookblocks:
   – All fonts should be embedded and must include screen and printer versions.
   – The recommended font for the basic text is 10 – 14 pt Times New Roman.
   – Pages must be numbered (except for page 1); we recommend the numbering be centered at the bottom of the page.
   – Interior text should be submitted in grayscale only (do not submit as CMYK or RGB).
   – Continuous tone photographs and artwork should be 8-bit grayscale, at 300 dpi.
   – Line art should be 1-bit black and white at 600 dpi.
   – Files should contain no crop marks, bookmarks, or internal links.
   – PDF output resolution should be set to 600 dpi.

   For color bookblocks:
   – All fonts should be embedded and must include screen and printer versions.
   – Pages must be numbered (except for page 1); we recommend the numbering be centered at the bottom of the page.
   – Interior color content (color text, images, graphics) must be submitted as CMYK. RGB is not acceptable. Spot colors must be rendered as CMYK.
   – All color management settings must be set to "Off". This includes the use of ICC Profiles or any other management settings.
   – Line art should be 1-bit at 600 dpi.
   – Black-and-white images or black-and-white text in a color bookblock must be submitted as grayscale.
   – For saddle-stitched books, the page image must be built to the gutter.
   – The file should contain no crop marks, bookmarks, or internal links.
   – PDF output resolution should be set to 300 dpi.

    We recommend to authors that the manuscript sent as a proposal meet the technical requirements for finished files as much as possible, so that further changes do not affect initial formatting and pagination.

   For the conversion from DOC to PDF, we recommend a proper PDF printer driver or Acrobat Distiller. The PDF generated through conversion must preserve the entire formatting of the initial document, including dimensions. If you use a professional version of Adobe Acrobat to generate a PDF file, it should use the default setting PDF/X-1a:2001.

   Cover file specifications

   If you want to create the cover file on your own, you must respect the following technical requirements:
   – Accepted format is TIFF or PDF for black-and-white books and PDF for color books.
   – The image should represent the unfolded cover at the real size (front cover + back cover + spine); the sizes of this rectangle are those chosen for the bookblock, plus the spine width added to the width (spine width is calculated as function of the number of pages and trim size). You must contact us for the spine calculation after you create the bookblock file. For an example of a cover scheme with dimensions for a standard 6 x 9 inch book, click here.
   – All images or artwork should be submitted in CMYK format at 300 dpi resolution.
   – Only four colors may be used in standard book covers.
   – Black elements should not be built in "Registration" black; these elements should be built out of "Rich" black. For best results, we recommend the following CMYK values: 60% Cyan, 40% Magenta, 40% Yellow, and 100% Black; the CMYK total value should not exceed 240%.
   – For best results, text should be at least 0.125 inch (0.25 inch for color books) from the trim edges of the book.
   The virtual cover for an ebook should be a JPEG file of 510 x 680 pixels, submitted in CMYK format.

 

 
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