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There are many decisions that go into planning the printing of your book. What size do I make it? What kind of paper should I use? Do I want a paperback or hardcover? We’ve already answered some of these questions in previous posts, and now we’re tackling binding. We’re breaking down our different book binding options: what we offer, the recommended page counts for each, genre-specific binding, spine size, and more.  


Let’s start with spine widths. We have a basic formula for calculating the correct width of your spine for paperback and hardcover books. We’ve made it easy for you by providing cover size calculators. Simply enter your book size, paper stock, and the number of pages and we’ll tell you what size to make your cover and spine.


Perfect Bound (paperback): (16 – 1,050 pages)

Paperback books are the most popular binding option, and for good reason.  They are the most cost-effective, versatile, and compliment most genres. We print paperback books in just 2 business days, so if you are in a time crunch, paperbacks are going to be your safest bet.