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How to create and self publish a print book with a lot of images and pictures
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Decide now on dimensions

Grab books off your bookshelf or go to a bookstore to research. Look at what size and shape they are. Look at how the pages are laid out and flow. Try to visualize what your finished book will look like in your hands. What size is it? Get out a ruler, explore, and pick a size that feels right to you. If all else fails, try cutting pieces of paper to the different sizes below to get a visual idea.
Book Bullseye Illustration by Brett Engle
Standard sizes for full color books sold throughout the US and Europe on Amazon:
(These are finished, trimmed sizes, width x height)

• 5.5 x 8.5 inches
• 6 x 9 inches
• 6.14 x 9.21 inches
• 7 x 10 inches
• 8 x 10 inches
• 8.5 x 11 inches

The sizes above are compliant with printing through CreateSpace, selling on Amazon, and are considered acceptable to most businesses that sell books. Be aware that different printers offer different sizes based on their capabilities. Also be aware that some retailers only sell certain sizes of books. If you intend to use your own printing company or sell your book through a specific company or service, you should check to see what their size requirements and specifications are. It could save you from a lot of extra work in the long run.

Support the author and download this entire guide ad free. Only 99 cents for the PDF. Click here! You probably don't want to format anything twice if you don't have to, so pick the size for your book BEFORE formatting your images or pages. We will go over image formatting in a later step. If you already have some artwork, don't worry - just pick a book size that goes well with your images.

If selling your book is not a big concern, then you are safe to choose any of the sizes above. Once you have chosen a size, you've taken an important step on the road to creating your book. Congratulations!



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