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Book Layout Templates

Text Templates are only for the body of your book and do not include the book cover template.
You will be issued a cover template AFTER saving a quote and uploading your text file. BookBaby will calculate your book's spine width based on the specifications you select when configuring your book along with the number of pages in the uploaded text/body file.

When you download templates below, you will get a .ZIP file that contains templates in multiple programs. You will need to save this to your computer, and then unzip to get access to the templates.

The programs we offer templates in are:
  • Adobe InDesign
  • QuarkXPress
  • Microsoft Word

Designing your own cover?*
Get it right the first time. Download our helpful checklist Book Printing Preperation Checklist
(*Actual template for your cover will be available in the Project Center after you create and save your project.)

Attention Microsoft Word users:
If you are copying and pasting text from another Word document into our Word template page, be sure to use Word’s Paste Special command instead of the default Paste command. Using the default Paste command will change the size of the destination page to the size of your source page.

All text files must conform to our Specifications, which are:
  • Text files must be in our design templates.
  • All files and images should be high resolution (300 PPI) and converted to CMYK color.
  • Save B&W images in Grayscale color mode.
  • Remove template guidelines before saving and uploading the final PDF design.
  • All fonts must be embedded.
  • The left and right text margins for manuscript pages should not be less than 7/8ths (0.875). Page Bleed is 1/8".

PDF Export Settings
Finished text files must be submitted in PDF format. When exporting your final PDF for submission, we recommend exporting your PDFs using the PDF/X-4 preset available in every layout application.

Learn how to export a PDF Learn how to export a PDF

Interior Text Templates

Pocket Book 4.25 inches x 6.87 inches
Pocket Book
4.25" x 6.87"
Digest Book 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches
5.5" x 8.5"
US Trade Book 6 inches x 9 inches
US Trade
6" x 9"
Comic Book 6.625 inches x 10.25 inches
Comic Book
6.625" x 10.25"
US Letter 8.5 inches x 11 inches
US Letter
8.5" x 11"
Portrait 8 inches x 10 inches
8" x 10"
Large Portrait 9 inches x 12 inches
Large Portrait
9" x 12"
Small Square Book 7.5 inches x 7.5 inches
Small Square
7.5" x 7.5"
Square Book 8.5 inches x 8.5 inches
8.5" x 8.5"
Large Square Book 10 inches x 10 inches
Large Square
10" x 10"
Landscape Book 9 inches x 7 inches
9" x 7"
Landscape Book 11 inches x 8.5 inches
11" x 8.5"
Landscape Book 12 inches x 9 inches
12" x 9"
If you have files that are setup to a trim size not included in our standard templates listed on this page, please contact our customer support team for a custom quote. The templates listed on this page represent our standard trim sizes but we do print and bind most trim sizes up to and including 9” x 12” in both softcover and case bound formats. We also offer professional in-house book cover design and text design/formatting services.
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