Standard Book Sizes and Book Printing Options

Choose the cover, book binding style, and custom book trim size that works best for your printed book.

What’s your style? What’s your genre? We have book sizes for every author.

There’s nothing like seeing your work in print for the very first time. We’ve got you covered with a large and robust selection of affordable book printing options. Review the choices below to decide what book size your next masterpiece will look like and create your unique book today.  King Rush Publishing  offers different book trim size options, different cover styles, and book binding types. Not sure where to start? Contact us today and we can work together on getting your custom book printed.

Custom Book Cover styles

 King Rush Publishing  offers both hardcover and softcover book options. There is a 24-page count minimum for our hard case bindings. Custom hardcover books can also be covered with a dust jacket, a removable paper cover used to protect a book from dirt or damage. Both our hardcover and softcover books come in all standard book sizes.

Softcover books

Softcovers are flexible book covers printed on 10pt cover stock with glued bindings.

Hardcover books

Hardcovers are protective rigid book covers with glued bindings.

Hardcover books with jackets

Jackets are printed on 80lb Enamel stock with gloss lamination.

Standard Trim Sizes

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

4.25″ x 6.87″

Pocket book

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Pocket Book

Pocket Book trim size is the popular size option for romance, mystery, light literature and other fiction novels. Popular Pocket Book text paper stock selections are 50lb or 60lb Natural with black & white text printing and perfect binding.

5.5″ x 8.5″

Digest

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Digest

Digest trim size is commonly used for digest publications such as the TV Guide, and Readers Digest, but is also popular option for poetry books. Great for perfect binding and is complemented nicely by any paper stock option.

6″ x 9″

US trade

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US trade

US Trade trim size works well with all binding styles and text paper stock options. Great for all binding styles and is a popular selection for sporting books and other non-fiction titles.

7.5″ x 7.5″

Small square

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Small square

Small Square is matched well with all binding styles and text paper stock options. Square sizes are popular options for larger format fiction, non-fiction, photography, and cooking books.

8.5″ x 8.5″

Square

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Square

Square is matched well with all binding styles and text paper stock options. Square sizes are popular options for larger format fiction, non-fiction, photography, and cooking books.

10″ x 10″

Large Square

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Large Square

Large Square is matched well with all binding styles and text paper stock options. Square sizes are popular options for larger format fiction, non-fiction, photography, and cooking books.

9″ x 7″

Landscape

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Landscape

Landscape books make beautiful art & photography table top books. Popular option for hard case binding with color text printing on gloss paper stock.

11″ x 8.5″

Landscape

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Landscape

Landscape books make beautiful art & photography table top books. Popular option for hard case binding with color text printing on gloss paper stock.

12″ x 9″

Landscape

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Landscape

Landscape books make beautiful art & photography table top books. Popular option for hard case binding with color text printing on gloss paper stock.

6.625″ x 10.25″

Comic book

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Comic book

The classic comic book style is great for low page count color printing. Popular uses include comic books, magazines, and promotional literature. Commonly printed on 60lb or 80lb gloss text paper stocks.

8.5″ x 11″

US letter

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US Letter

US Letter size has many uses including text books, art & photography books, training manuals, cooking books & religious publications. US letter size works great with all binding styles and text paper stock options.

8″ x 10″

Portrait

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Portrait

US Letter size has many uses including text books, art & photography books, training manuals, cooking books & religious publications. US letter size works great with all binding styles and text paper stock options.

9″ x 12″

Large Portrait

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Large Portrait

Portrait size has many uses including text books, art & photography books, training manuals, cooking books & religious publications. Large Portrait size works great with all binding styles and text paper stock options.

Custom Book Binding Options

Whether you want a flexible perfect bound paperback or a sturdy hardcover, we offer custom book binding options that give your book the look and feel you want. Not sure which binding style is right for your book? Each binding style is explained in detail below.

Perfect binding

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Perfect binding

Flexible glued binding for softcover book covers. Perfect Binding is the binding style of choice for most paperback books. Minimum 24 Pages are needed.

Adhesive case wrap

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Adhesive case wrap

Adhesive Case Wraps are printed on 80lb Enamel stock with gloss lamination. Minimum 24 Pages are needed.

Adhesive case wrap and Dust jacket

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Adhesive case wrap and Dust jacket

Adhesive Case Wraps & Dust Jackets are printed on 80lb Enamel stock with gloss lamination. Minimum 24 Pages are needed.

Custom Book Cover Finishes

Grab your reader’s attention with a professionally designed book cover finished with a soft matte or polished gloss.

Gloss film lamination

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Gloss film lamination

A lustrous film laminated gloss coating. Gloss finish protects your cover and adds a bright radiant sheen to your books cover.

Matte finish

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Matte finish

A non-glossy finish without luster. Images appear softer and less crisp than gloss coated covers.

Interior Book Text Print Type & Image Printing

Make sure the inside of your books look as good as you write with fully colorized image printing and custom interior book text print.

Black & White interior text & image printing

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Black & White interior text & image printing

Black text printing should be selected for books that contain NO color printing inside the body of the book. With this option all text and images will be printed in black & white.

Full color interior text & image printing

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Full color interior text & image printing

Choose color text printing for books containing any color printing inside the body of the book. With this option any images or text that require color printing will be printed in color.

Book Interior Text Paper Stock Options

Your pages should look as good as the words written on them. The art of choosing the right paper stock is tricky, but it will ultimately define the feel and quality of your book, depending on your budget and production time. Uncoated paper stock has a rough, natural feel to it and is recommended for more traditional books without imagery. Coated paper stock reflects more light and has a slicker feel. It’s a popular choice for photography, art, comic and children’s books.

500 PPI, 92 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & Off-white
Best for lengthy novels and books without imagery.

420 PPI, 94 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & Off-white
Best for lengthy novels,
prose and non-fiction.

500 PPI, 93 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & White
Best for lengthy novels and extended text.

556 PPI, 95 Opacity, SFI Certified

Heaviest & White
Best for photos and full color printing books.

Word Count

Our recommended word count for the most popular styles of books.

Word CountPOCKET BOOK pagesDIGEST pagesTRADE pages
10,00030-7525-5025-50
20,00075-10050-10050-100
30,000100-15075-15075-150
50,000200-300150-250150-250
70,000250-375250-350200-300
100,000400-500350-450300-400
150,000550-650450-575400-500
200,000700-800600-700550-650
225,000N/A700-800650-750
250,000N/AN/A700-800
Based on 11pt font (9pt for Pocket size), 1.5 line spacing, no images.
 

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