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Submission Guidelines

The following guidelines are intended for PDF digital books. Additional file formats are not accepted at this time.


General Guidelines

Style Guide Suggestions

PDF Specifications

  • We support PDF v1.4 and lower.
  • Embed all fonts and images in your PDF file prior to submission.
  • Submitted PDF files may contain bookmarks, comments, invisible objects, or metadata.
  • PDFs should be optimized. Optimization is useful to reduce your files size, allowing for higher performance when transferring, uploading, viewing and printing the files.
  • If scanned pages or scanned graphs are included in file, all scanned images with of text should be OCRed using the Adobe Acrobat OCR embedded feature.

Common Points of Failure

  • Crop marks or other printer’s marks should not be used on any files.
  • The book description should be in compliance with the rules listed here.
  • Missing Pages
  • Title missing on the front cover
  • Incorrect pagination
  • Books with typographical errors, such as misspellings or poor grammar.

Cover Specifications

Cover Page Size

  • Covers should be submitted on an 8.5” x 11” Letter page size.  (Optional Sizes: A4 , A5).
  • Cover image to be include in the book, size 8.5” x 11”.  The front cover and back cover pages should be the first and last page in the PDF file: 
Page Size
(in inches)
Cover Image
(in inches)
Back Cover Image
Include About Author Bio and Head shot.
8.5 x 11 8.5 x 11 (300 DPI) 8.5 x 11 (300 DPI)

Cover Formatting

  • Covers should be centered left to right on the spine. Artwork should be shifted down so that there is only .125” bleed at the bottom of the page.
  • Center cover artwork from left to right on the spine, and shift it down to .125" bleed at the bottom of the page.
  • Flatten all layers in the native file.
  • Bleed of .125” is required on all sides. The bleed at the bottom of the page must not exceed .125”.
  • There should be no "live" elements within .25” of the trim lines.
  • We accept both RGB and CMYK color spaces, and profiled RGB or CMYK spaces.
  • We recommend 300 DPI image resolution. Higher resolutions up to 600 DPI are acceptable, but may make the file size too big for most readers to download.


Book Block Specifications

Page Size

  • 8.5 x 11, Color images 300 DPI. Do not reduce images to 72 DPI.


  • Embed font information

Margins and Alignment

Content should be positioned on the page according to its location in the document:

  • General Pages should be set up from with either left side justified or double side justified.
  • Allow .75" for the gutter (the left-side on odd pages, and the right-side on even pages) and .5" for the outside margin (the right-side on odd pages and the left-side on even pages).

Exception: If a .75" gutter creates an outside margin smaller than .5", then the margins should be even, left and right (centering the text block on the page). We recommend including larger gutters on books with more than 600 pages.


  • Book pages must be numbered in sequential order.
  • All books must be paginated independently from preceding volumes (e.g. Volume I-Book 1 ends with page 300 and Volume II-Book 2 should begin with page 1, not page 301.)

Color and Halftone Images
Resolution: 300 DPI or higher
Format: JPEG (JPEG Photoshop compression level with quality 10 or higher), or TIFF

Monochrome Bitmap Images
Resolution: 600 DPI
Format: TIFF (CCITT Group 4 (preferred), LZW, or no compression)

Interior Full Bleed
Full-bleed interiors (with content that extends past the edge of the page, with no white space on the edges) should have .125" of bleed at the top, bottom, and outer margins (exclude the gutter). For example, a finished book with a trim size of 8.5" x 11” interior PDF.

Pages to Include

  1. Cover Page (need a cover template?)
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Abstract (optional)
  5. Dedication, Acknowledgement(s) and/or Preface (if any)
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Lists of Tables, Figures, Illustrations, Abbreviations, and Symbols

  8. Foot Notes and End Notes Page
  9. Appendices
  10. Bibliography
  11. Page/References
  12. Blank Page
  13. Back Cover, with about the Author (need a cover template?)



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