What is the trim size for a book?

What is the trim size for a book?

What Does "Trim Size" Really Mean? Trim size is a term used in publishing to indicate the height and width of a book's pages. A book's trim size has several implications for book design and layout. A bigger page size can accommodate more words; the more words per page, the fewer total pages. Similarly, longer sentences or paragraphs require more space than those that are shorter. Lastly, a larger page size allows for more illustrations or photos.

There are two types of page sizes: regular and oversized. Regular pages are the most common type of paper used in books. They are 8 1/4 by 11 inches, with a thickness of between.005 and.020 inch. An album-size volume (8 1/4 by 11 inches) would have about 150-175 pages. The average novel has around 200 pages. An oversized page is exactly like a regular page except that it is 9 inches by 12 inches. An art portfolio could be all oversized pages or mostly regular pages with some equal in size to others.

The trim size is the physical dimension of the book, including the cover, without the text. For example, if the final product is a hardcover book with an offset printed cover, then the trim size is how many inches high the cover is. If there are thin strips of wood on either side of the cover, then the trim size is how many inches wide these boards are.

What does "trim size" mean in printing?

This refers to the proportions of a document after it has been printed and trimmed down to the necessary width and height from a bigger sheet, but before it has been folded. Trimming paper removes extra around the edges or separates portions that have been produced as many pictures per page. 30th of July, 2015 by Ellen Bialystok

Trimmings are the bits of paper that are left over after you've printed all your pages. They're usually thrown out, but they can be used for other projects, such as making bookmarks or artist's proofs. The term "trimmings size" means that these papers are then available for use when printing other documents.

The trim size is usually listed in the margins of each page of the print job. There you will also find information about the type of media used (such as CD-Rs or cardboard) and any instructions on how to handle them during printing.

Some printers allow you to specify what should be done with the trimmings size, while others don't. If yours doesn't, you'll have to make do with what happens by default. Usually they're thrown out, but if you'd like to save them for another project, attach some string to them and put them in a drawer!

It's important to note that the trim size isn't always the same as the actual finished size of the document.

What size book sells the best?

Color books feature the same trim options as print books, ranging from eight to 250 pages. 5 "x 8"; 5.5" x 8.5"; and 6" x 9" are the most typical trim sizes for basic trade fiction and nonfiction books. However, there are several more trim size possibilities available, as illustrated in the table below. In addition, color book covers can be bound either straight across or in half leather, just like their print counterparts.

The choice of binding depends on how the book is going to be used. If you want to preserve the appearance of the cover for re-sale, then straight across bindings are recommended. For a less formal look that still keeps the book protected, we recommend half leather bindings.

Print books have many more variations in trim and binding than color books, but they tend to be much thicker and heavier because they are made up of multiple printed pages. The most common print book trim sizes are 8.5" x 11", which allows for about 275 pages; and 12" x 18", which allows for around 500 pages.

Nowadays, with so many different formats available for both print and color books, salespeople are encouraged to choose the right size for each project. Print books should be at least as large as the font used (which is usually indicated on the copyright page), while color books should be big enough to include photographs or other art work.

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Irene Barnhart

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