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Interior Book Design & Formatting

Interior Book Design & Formatting

A well-formatted and designed book is critical to your success as an author. Let's face it, nobody likes to read a poorly formatted book. Even though you worked hard on your manuscript it may not get the attention it deserves without professional formatting to ensure the best possible reading experience for your book’s audience. BookBaby has recognized the need for high quality professional book formatting in the independent publishing space and we have answered with a service that can't be beat...and we stand behind our work with the book publishing industry’s only 100% quality guarantee!

Our staff of professional book designers will work with your input and create a custom layout to match the theme and message of your book. Our book designers don't use templates to design your book. Each book is custom designed by a real life professional book designer right here in our New Jersey facility. And best of all…you can expect your first design proof in less than 5 business days!

Book Printing Preparation Checklist
Book Printing Preparation Checklist

Interior Book Design

Professionally formatted text is an important part of book design. A clear hierarchy and readable typeface help create a layout that is inviting to your reader. We offer Black Text or Color Text Design.
Black Text Design
Black Text Design includes layout of your text in a format that suits the style of your book, meets industry standards and provides a great reading experience for your books audience. Black Text Design is best suited for books that require professional layout of text pages, such as: novels and other general fiction, business, biography and poetry books. Layout includes: a title page, page numbers, chapter/section headings and running headers where appropriate. Generally speaking, these books do not include photos, however, we do allow up to 20 supplied B&W inline images. You will receive a PDF proof of the complete layout.
Color Text Design
Color Text Design includes full color design your book's interior. We will combine text, graphics and color photos for the greatest visual impact. Color Text Design is best suited for books that have color images, multiple columns, and require an extensive design unique to your book's content. Non-fiction, art & photography, cookbooks, and travel books are all great candidates for Color Text Design. Layout includes: a title page, page numbers, chapter/section headings, running headers, table of contents, and colophon. Plus, you may choose from the following special sections: foreword, dedication, acknowledgment, image captions and appendix.

You will receive a preview proof of a section of your book. After your approval of the preview, we'll complete your book design and send you a PDF of the complete layout. Color Text Design includes up to 50 supplied images or up to 10 BookBaby stock images. If your book requires additional images, we will review and provide you with a custom design quote.After you've selected the design options that are right for you and saved your quote, you will be asked to complete a short design questionnaire. It will give you the opportunity to share your ideas about the mood of your book cover or the style of the inside pages. You can request that our designers find images for you, or you can upload images of your own for us to work with. BookBaby designers will combine your input with their expertise to create a custom designed book that you'll be proud to show off.

IMPORTANT: Interior book design and formatting does not include editorial services and is strictly a design service. You should upload your fully-edited and final text. Non-design related text edits after uploading will incur additional cost.

Before & After Samples

Word Count

Word Count 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000 70,000 100,000
POCKET BOOK pages 30-75 80-150 100-150 200-300 250-375 400-500
DIGEST pages 25-50 50-100 125-150 150-250 250-350 350-450
TRADE pages 25-50 50-100 75-150 150-250 200-300 300-400

Based on 11pt font (9pt for Pocket size), 1.5 line spacing, no images.

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