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Book Binding Sizes and Types

Book Binding, Sizes and Types

Trafford publishes soft cover books in perfect-bound format, a type of book binding that uses glue to hold the pages and cover together (typical of most professional books found in stores). We also publish hardcover books in the same sizes as the paperbacks. We can now publish books in leatherbound format as well, for an add-on fee.

The chart below lists the binding and paper options available to you at Trafford:

Trim Sizes and Interior Paper Options

Soft Cover Sizes and Options

Trim Size Paper Color
5" x 8" White or Crème
5.5" x 8.5" White or Crème
6" x 9" White or Crème
7.5" x 9.25" White
8.25" x 11" White

Hardcover Sizes and Options

Trim Size Paper Color
5.5" x 8.5" Crème
6" x 9" Crème

What type of paper do you use to print your books?

We source our book printing from a wide variety of book printers worldwide. We seek to print and ship as locally as possible to help minimize the timelines for receiving books while minimizing the shipping cost for your readers. Some of our paper specifications may vary based on the printing partner assigned to print your order. For Black and White books, our paper weight ranges from 50 to 55 lb. For Color books, our paper weight ranges from 60 to 70 lb. Cover stock used is typically 10 pt C1S.

Note: Please carefully consider your final trim size. If you want to change the trim size after the manuscript has been laid out by our designers, you will need to purchase a retech.

Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Prices listed do not include any applicable sales, use, excise, value-added, goods and services, or other tax, which will be added to the total at the time of purchase. Other restrictions may also apply.

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