Size Matters: Choosing the Best Trim Size for your Print-on-Demand Book/Hardback
Juvenile Hardcover with Dust Jacket
In last weeks post I talked about why it’s important to make sure you POD book is the right size for your genre.
- If your book is too big or too small it will get “lost.”
- If your book is the wrong size you will look like an, amatuer people will question the validity of the book, (I’ve seen it).
- Shelf space is vital to both retail booksellers and libraries. (Heck everyone can use more shelf space.)
- Books that are taller than average get damaged more easily.
But what if you want a hardback (also known as Trade Cloth) book. The size is a bit different for hardback books, but not too much.
The standard size for a Juvenile Hardback is 5.5″ X 8.5″ or 13.9cm x 21.6cm. This is the size for books listed as Juvenile, sometimes referred to as Middle Grade targeted at ages 8-12.
There are two types of hardback options.
- Where the book has a plain cloth cover with the title embossed on the spine, then all of the cover art and cover text printed on a paper slip-cover or dust jacket that wraps around the book.
- The book has a reinforced cover with the cover art and cover text are printed directly on the cover.
This post discusses the first option, where a plain cloth cover is protected by a dust jacket. In order to create the full cover you have to format the front and back images, the spine, and the jacket-flap on each end. Each flap is 3.5 inches.