Trim size

Bleed

Margins

Trim size

Tablo offers a range of different sizes for your book. Here are the most popular trim sizes (width × height) and their format options.

Paperback

Dust Jacket, Hardcover

Case Wrap, Hardcover

4.37×7

11.1 × 17.8 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Not Available

Not Available

5×8

12.7 × 20.3 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

B&W

Standard Color

5.5×8.5

14 × 21.6 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

B&W

Standard Color

6×9

15.2 × 22.9 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

B&W

Standard Color

6.625×10.25

16.8 cm × 26 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

Not Available

B&W

7×10

17.8 × 25.4 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

Not Available

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

7.5×9.25

19.1 × 23.5 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

Not Available

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

8×8

20.3 × 20.3 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

Not Available

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

8×10

20.3 × 25.4 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

Not Available

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

8.5×8.5

21.6 × 21.6 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

Not Available

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

8.5×11

21.6 × 28 cm

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

Not Available

B&W

Standard Color

Premium Color

Bindings

  • Paperback. Perfect binding. The pages and cover are glued to the spine.

  • Dust jacket, hardcover. The cover design is printed onto a removable dust jacket and a digital image with the look and feel of cloth is printed onto the cover.

  • Case wrap, hardcover. The cover design is pasted directly onto the cover boards.

Ink and paper

  • Black & White. Tablo's most economical print method. 50lb white or cream paper.

  • Premium Color. Ideal for children’s books or graphic novels where rich color is key to the experience. Paper is white, 70lb.

  • Standard Color. An efficient method of full color printing. Colors are printed at higher speeds, which reduces costs. Ideal for books with occasional images. Paper is white, 70lb.

Bleed

Bleed is a printing term. It refers to the printed area outside the trim size of a book.

If one or more of your pages has content that reaches to the page edge, you must add an extra print area—a bleed—on all your pages.

Why have a bleed? Even modern printers struggle to print to the edge of a page. This is overcome by printing pages too large and trimming them back down. The finished effect is a color or image that reaches all the way to the page edge.

On the left is a page with a bleed, and on the right is the final page after it is trimmed.

How do I add a bleed? Add a bleed to your pages in two steps:

  • Increase your page size. Add 0.5 in (6 mm) to the height, and 0.25 in (3 mm) to the width of every page.

  • Resize your content. Enlarge any full-width content so that it reaches your new page edges.

Use this table to find your page size with bleed for the most common trim sizes.

Page size without bleed

Page size with bleed

4.37×7

11.1 × 17.8 cm

4.5×7.25

11.4 × 18.4 cm

5×8

12.7 × 20.3 cm

5.125×8.25

13 × 20.9 cm

5.5×8.5

14 × 21.6 cm

5.626×8.75

14.3 × 22.9 cm

6×9

15.2 × 22.9 cm

6.125×9.25

15.5 × 23.5 cm

6.625×10.25

16.8 × 26 cm

6.75×10.5

17.1 × 26.3 cm

7×10

17.8 cm × 25.4 cm

7.125×10.25

18.1 × 26 cm

7.5×9.25

19.1 × 23.5 cm

7.625×9.5

19.4 × 24.1 cm

8×8

20.3 × 20.3 cm

8.125×8.25

20.6 × 20.9 cm

8×10

20.3 × 25.4 cm

8.125×10.25

20.6 × 26 cm

8.5×8.5

21.6 × 21.6 cm

8.625×8.75

21.9 × 22.2 cm

8.5×11

21.6 × 28 cm

8.625×11.25

21.9×28.3 cm

Margins

Margins are an area of space between the edge of a page and its main content.

This novel has margins that are larger at the bottom, and smallest on the outer sides. The block of text sits above and away from the center.

There are two reasons for this.

  • Space for the reader's hands. Novels encourage reading in long sittings. An ample bottom margin let your reader hold the book open comfortably.

  • Flat paper versus curved books. Books don't sit flat when open, but curve towards the spine. The grey area in the example represents the page area that will be swallowed up when the book is bound.

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