Interior Margins for our Standard Book Size

If you are designing the interior of the book yourself you need to know the margins and dimensions for our Standard Book Sizes.

Standard sizes:
5.25″  x  8.125″ final size; (5.5×8.5 print size, bleed allowance of 0.185″ trim on top and bottom. 0.25 outside)
6″ x 9″ final size; (6.25×9.5 print size, bleed allowance of .25″ for trim on top, bottom and outside)

Side Margins: allow 0.75″ on inside – 0.5″ on the outside (create the PDF with .75 on both sides to allow for printing and finishing)

Top/Bottom Margins: allow 0.5″ top or bottom margins including the folio. We place the folio (title, page info) on top for most books, but on the bottom for poetry or where chapters are very short.

For 8×10 or other larger books we increase margins proportionately.

If you have full bleed pictures ensure they extend at least 0.125″ past the trim line.


We can do all this for you so don’t hesitate to ask us for a book estimate.


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