More often than not, your book is going to be perfect bound. So making sure you follow the perfect binding margins when formatting your book is very important.
Let me give you a quick review of what perfect binding is, just in case you are new to the scene. Perfect binding is the most commonly used form of binding on paperback books. Pages are bound together with a glue adhesive rather than being sewn or stitched. It is also used to bind publications that are too thick to be stapled using the saddle-stitch method.
Here is an example of a perfect bound book…
So why is it important to set margins correctly? Basically, it’s so your copy appears centered on each page and is not trimmed off or lost in the binding. It gives the inside of your book a more visual appeal for the reader.
Here is a quick art edit I made of a book that has no margins…
See how the text gets lost in the binding, and how generally unappealing it is to the eye?
Now let’s look at this quick art edit I did of a book with the proper margins…
That’s a heck of a lot better! Easier to read, and nothing is lost.
SETTING MARGINS BEFORE WRITING YOUR BOOK
It’s best to make sure all your margins are set before you start writing your book. That way, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of tweaking the layout afterward. Some tweaks may be needed after the editing process due to copy changes, but it will be easier to deal with when the margins are set correctly for the layout.
Also, proper margin setup will make your book go through a prepress department quicker. They wont have to work on that part of it, taking up more time before the book goes to press and gets to you.
Our standard margins at A&A Printing are .5″ on the top, bottom and face of the book (the outer side edge area). The binding edge is always .75″.
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