Soft cover paperback InDesign spine set-up
InDesign spine set-up for a soft cover paperback. Soft cover books do not have to be look like a cheap dime store novel. They can be higher quality book printing in process color on a thicker coated stock. All of our books print in signature format with secure bindings.
The text pages can be the same as the interior pages in a hardcover book with the only difference being the binding. In fact, we get orders for a minimum 1,000 hardcover copies plus and printing simultaneously, 1,000 or more additional soft cover copies.
Our minimum at Star Print Brokers is 1,000 hardcover or 2,000 soft cover paperback books. Sometimes authors split or combine orders. For instance, you could print 1,000 hardcover and 500 soft cover copies, provided the books print at the same time and ship together. Our books are custom manufactured. If you need a variation on quantity, discuss the possibility with a representative.
Soft cover paperback spine set-up
For now, we will assume the book is 7 inches wide x 10 inches tall. The spine width is 0.5 inch, and the cover image will bleed. To bleed means that the image extends beyond the trim of the cover, and 0.125 inch will be trimmed off all four sides of the printed cover file.
- Go to File > New > Document.
- Number of Pages: 1
Here is how we got to the total width: 7 in back cover + 0.5 in spine + 7 in front cover = 14.5 in
- Width: 14.5 in Height: 10 in
- Click the bleed and slug down arrow. Set Top, Bottom, Inside, and Outside Bleed to 0.125 in or 3 mm. If there is no bleed, set Top, Bottom, Inside, and Outside Bleed to 0 in or 0 mm.
So that is how we do the InDesign spine set-up. Also see the soft cover French flap Adobe InDesign set-up in Chapter 7, Extras for Books.