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Which Book Size is Right for Your Genre?

Deciding which trim size will best suit your book can be confusing, especially given all the industry-standard but completely unhelpful trim size names, like "US Trade" and "Digest." We've put together our recommendations, based on industry standards, to help you choose a trim size that makes it clear to the reader what they're buying.

Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Fiction

Pocket Book (4.25" x 6.87")
Digest (5.5” x 8.5”)

For short Young Adult fiction (under 200 pages) we recommend the Pocket Book trim size (4.25" x 6.87"). For longer works we recommend Digest size (5.5" x 8.5"). In both cases we recommend black print, soft cover with a glossy finish, perfect binding and 60lb natural stock.

Fiction

Pocket Book (4.25" x 6.87")

The classic format for fiction: US Trade trim size (6" x 9"), 60lb natural paper stock, soft cover with a glossy finish, black print.

Fiction
Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction

Digest (5.5" x 8.5")

Assuming your work is mostly text, we recommend the Digest trim size (5.5" x 8.5"), black text, 60lb natural paper stock, soft cover with a glossy finish and perfect binding. If you’re including a lot of photos and/or are doing a book that would benefit from a bigger size, we recommend Landscape or large square trim size, color printing, perfect binding, soft cover with a glossy finish and 80lb glossy paper stock.

Spiritual

Digest (5.5" x 8.5")

We recommend the Digest trim size (5.5” x 8.5”), black text, 60lb natural paper stock, soft cover with a glossy finish and perfect binding.

Spiritual books
Self Help Books

Self Help Books

US Trade (6" x 9")
Digest (5.5” x 8.5”)

The classic format for self-help books is US Trade (6" x 9") with black print, soft cover with a glossy finish, perfect binding and 60lb natural stock

Children's Books

Small Square (7.5" x 7.5")
Landscape (9" x 7")

If there’s a genre of book that lends itself to being creative with trim sizes, this is it. However, these are two sizes that most children’s book authors have gravitated to: Small Square or Landscape trim size. In both cases we recommend saddle stitch binding, color printing, soft cover with a glossy finish, and 80lb glossy paper stock. 90% of all children’s books are 32 pages long.

Children's Books
Poetry Books

Poetry Books

Digest size (5.5" x 8.5")

Most poetry books are meant to be easily carried around or small enough to be grabbed for quick inspiration. We recommend either the Digest size (5.5" x 8.5") with black print, soft cover with a glossy finish, perfect binding and 60lb natural stock.

Photography/Art Books

Landscape (9" x 7")
Square (8.5” x 8.5”)

For books meant to impress with their visual splendor we highly recommend Landscape or large square trim size, color printing, perfect binding, soft cover with a glossy finish and 80lb glossy paper stock.

Photography/Art Books
Cook Books

Cook Books

Square (8.5" x 8.5")

These benefit from a larger trim size for easy reference. One classic format is the Large Square (8.5" x 8.5"), 60lb glossy stock, perfect binding (or, if you want it to be kitchen-countertop-friendly and stay open for cooks using your recipes, we recommend black comb binding), soft cover with glossy finish.

Technical Manuals

US Letter (8.5" x 11")

Due to their need to be referred to on a regular basis, the standard format for manuals is US Letter trim size (8.5” x 11”), black or color printing (depending on your needs), 80lb glossy paper stock, with a hard cover.

Technical Manuals
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