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FAQ

Our FAQ section is designed to facilitate a free and open dialogue between our authors and publishers and provide a platform for authors using TheBookPatch to get answers based on experience. The staff of TheBookPatch will also provide answers or corrections when a misunderstanding arises. If you seek more information on print on demand or our self-publishing presses you can refer to our How To page.

Price/Cost :

The cost of printing your book depends on size, number of pages, the interior options and paper and cover options.

All our prices are available on our homepage with our price calculator. Enter your size, page number, cover and interior option (color or b/w) into our calculator for an exact quote.   If you would like a quote for shipping you must upload your file and place a mock order.  This will show you all 7 shipping options and their costs. 

We try our best to make printing as cost-effective for you as we possibly can.

That means we have no additional set up costs, you merely pay for the printing.

The handling charge covers packaging costs including both labor and materials, service fees from credit processing companies and any additional transportation and handling incidentals.

Shipping :

Once the order is placed it can not be changed in any way. If you would like to change the shipping method you would have to cancel the order and then place the order again. Remember that orders can only be cancelled before midnight of the day the order was placed.

If an order is returned to us for any reason (unless we created the mailing label incorrectly) you will be responsible for paying to have the order reshipped. Once we receive the package we will contact you via email to verify the shipping address and to request your credit card information for the additional shipping charge plus handling. Returned orders will not be refunded (partial or full).

Printing :

You cannot cancel an order as every order is  a custom order and once it is placed the files go through preflight and directly to the press.

Most books that are sold are perfect bound. For both types, a cover is printed and coated, the interior pages are printed and trimmed separately and then adhered using glue to form a spine. The difference is that on a hardcover the cover is printed larger and wrapped around a cardboard front and back with a flexible spine.  The aim of a hardcover is protection and durability. These books are mainly for long-term use and collectors' editions.  Your cover will always be printed in color. Even if you have a black and white cover, we will print it on a color press to give your books the richness they deserve.

The cover of your book should never be included in your page count. You need to count the actual printed sides (pages) in your book, NOT the pieces of paper used for your book, The number pages in your book will be exactly the same as the number of pages in your PDF file. Any page in your book that has color on it, even if it is only one letter or one tiny little dot, is counted as a color page and in a b/w book, it will print gray not black.  Color files must be uploaded as a color book and will be run through the color press. Grayscale images in your book count as black and white pages.  For best quality make sure that your image was created in black and white for best quality. Please note that even blank pages count toward your final page count, and your final page count should always be an even number and cannot be less than 32 pages. A file that has less than 32 pages can be uploaded but will not print as it cannot be bound.  If you have less than the minimum page count we recommend adding extra pages to your front matter or including a section for notes at the end.

On all jobs, our minimum order is 25 books. This allows us to offer a competitive price on your orders because our automated system does not need to stop and change size and paper options for a single book order. The book minimum does not always apply to custom orders. If we need to use custom papers or sizes to produce your books we will most likely require a higher minimum order. Also for large bulk orders (over 1,000) we can offer a proof but realize your order will be delayed by a week or more to accommodate this.

We aim to ship your order within 4-5 business days, 10-13 for hardcover, starting with the first business day after you place the order. Friday and weekend orders start on Monday. Depending on the volume of jobs moving through our press, this can be slightly less or slightly more. This is not a guaranteed production time, though we try our best to complete your order in that time situations beyond our control, i.e. mechanical issues, holidays, etc can influence this. This is an estimate for you to expect a shipping notification.  If you really must have something by a certain date we recommend adding an extra day or two in your calculation and using a guaranteed delivery method. This does not include shipping time from our facilities to you.  Media mail is not a guaranteed delivery service, although it is the most economical and widely used, USPS does not guarantee the delivery.

The sizes available in our price calculator are our standard sizes and are the most economical options for your book. If you’d like a different size for your book, please email and let us know the number of pages, the size you would like, cover option and interior option. Please note custom sizes will be more expensive than standard sizes and will have a larger minimum order quantity.

A bleed is the area at the edge of the page that will be trimmed off a book after it is bound. Though printing technology has come a long, long way it is still relatively impossible to print exactly to the edge of a sheet of paper. Unfortunately, we do not support bleeds on the interior pages. We recommend that you leave all images, photos, illustrations, graphics, text, background colors, etc. at least 0.125” white border or fade your images to white at the edges. If you upload a PDF with bleeds the books may end up with a white line between the object and the edge of the paper.

 

Usually, a printer will ask that you include around 0.125” to 0.25” for the bleeds, which is called the bleed allowance, to allow for shifting when trimming to the final size. Since we require your PDFs to be the exact size as the final book size we do not have the bleed allowance to ensure the bleed will be trimmed out properly.This concept can be very confusing for those new to printing so please email us if you have any specific questions or would like us to check your files before printing.

The format for your interior should always be a PDFx1a. This file format embeds all your fonts and images and is the safest way to make sure your printed book will come out looking exactly like you created it. To create your cover you must use only JPEGs and we recommend a 300dpi for all images for best printing quality.

ISBN :

ISBN stands for International Serial Book Number and is a unique number assigned to all books available for sale. Most retail locations, either bookstores or online, require this and it maximizes the discoverability of your book. Bowker is the official source for ISBNs in the United States and we recommend if you want your own imprint or publishing label to always purchase and register through their system. Although we will accept ISBNs registered through any imprint they will be listed under that imprint when they are offered for sale.The barcode that will go on the back cover of your book is based on this ISBN number and our cover creator will create that for you but only in a specific location so keep that in mind when you create your cover. You can learn more about ISBNs at www.Bowker.com

No a copyright is recived through the Library of Congress and is a part of intellectual property law.  An ISBN is a 13-digit number that’s used as a unique identifier for books in retail sales. For more info on ISBNs go to www.Bowker.com.  For more info on copyrights and intellectual property go to https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/.

General :

We keep your files in your dashboard for at least a year following your last order. Please login to your dashboard and click the buy now button. Remember to always, always maintain a copy of your PDFx1A and source file in your possession and we always recommend keeping digital backups in multiple locations.

Adobe Acrobat Pro

PDF creator, create PDF files | Adobe Acrobat DC

https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/acrobat/pdf-creator-create-pdf-files.html

Unlike other PDF solutions, Acrobat DC gives you a complete set of tools for creating high-quality PDF documents that look right every time. ... Convert files to PDF from any application that prints by selecting Adobe PDF as your printer. ... Easily turn Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Illustrator. PDFx is the gold standard for print files. Get everything you need here.

 

Microsoft Office

Create a booklet or book - Word - Office Support - Office 365

https://support.office.com/.../Create-a-booklet-or-book-dfd94694-fa4f-4c71-a1c7-73...

Dec 12, 2015 - Create a booklet or book. On the PAGE LAYOUT tab, click the icon at the bottom-right corner of the Page Setup group to pop out the Page Setup window. On the Margins tab, under Pages, change the setting for Multiple pages into Book fold. To reserve space on the inside fold for binding, increase the width of the Gutter. Not recommended for books with images.

 

Pages

https://support.apple.com/pages

What’s new in Pages for Mac 6.2 Enhance your documents using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes. Reply to comments and join threaded conversations. Add linked text boxes so text easily flows from one place to another. New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing. Export documents as fixed layout ePub books.

Change margins, headers, footers, and paper size while collaborating. Improved support for Hebrew and Arabic languages.  Pages works much better than Word for books with images.

 

Adobe InDesign

Create book files with Adobe InDesign - Adobe Support

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creating-book-files.html

Mar 16, 2017 - A book file is a collection of documents that can share styles, swatches, master pages, and other items. You can sequentially number pages in booked documents, print selected documents in a book, or export them to PDF. ... 

If you’re serious about layout and design, InDesign is what we use.

No, once an order is placed it cannot be modified in any way.

Design Layout :

This is a very important question when staring your cover design as no matter which type, hardcover or paperback the size of the cover is larger than the actual book size.  There usually will be text and maybe even images printed on the spine of your book you’ll want to make sure it’s the proper size. Once you upload your interior file you will be taken to our cover creator.  This provides a blank canvas on which you can upload your cover.  It will show you where the spine and gutter will be located on your book and the extent of the bleeds and the safety lines. When you enlarge your cover image you will see three lines, the safety line is the most interior line then the crop line and the outside edge which is the bleed. The bleeds are where you want your design to extend to so they go beyond the edge of the cover where your book will be cropped.  Please make sure that no text extends beyond the safety line either on outside edges or the spine and gutter.  There is no gutter on a perfect bound book.   At the top, there is a button you can click which will give you the exact dimensions for your cover.  Please note that if your book is less than 76 pages it will be very difficult to center text on the spine of your book. Although you can insert images and text using the cover creator it is really only designed to be a basic template and we always recommend using a full cover for best quality.

In Word click on the “Page Layout” tab, then on “Size” and then on “More Sizes.” You will be presented with a dialogue box where you can enter the dimensions of what you want your finished book size to be on the “Paper” tab. In the same window click on the “Margins” tab and enter your custom margin sizes. For most books, you will want .75” on the top and bottom, .625” on the inside and outside. 

In Pages select "file" then "page setup", under "paper size" go to "manage custom sizes" and enter the dimensions you want your book to be. This will likely be saved as a custom size by the software, but that’s okay. Click the format button in your document to set your margins. 

1. Make Sure the Resolution Is Right.

For the best quality cover printing results, it’s very important to keep your image resolution high.  We recommend a 300 dpi resolution for your images. For your interior images, 150dpi is fine.  If your book is b/w we recommend converting to grayscale for best results.  You can print color images in b/w but it is not always easy to see the contrast and they may print lighter or darker than you expect.

2.Make Sure the Colors Are Consistent.

Chances are when you are editing an image on your computer screen or on a web page, you’re using the RGB color format. This is the format computers normally use to display colors. 

For accurate printing, it’s important to utilize the CMYK color space option instead. Also, for sharp and crisp black, it’s important to use 100% black with no additional CMY encoded (the K in CMYK stands for black).

3.Follow Trim and Bleed Guidelines.

Bleed and trim are the terms used to describe the area around the dimensions of your final image that will be unsafe to use for important content in your design. In a nutshell, it’s very important to leave about 1/4 of an inch from the edge of your dimensional content to the edge of any important lines of text or featured images. This area will be used as kind of a buffer zone in the printing process.

4.Save In a Standard Format.

Once you’ve finalized your graphic design and text files, it’s important to lock them in and place them in sort of a shelter that can be easily shared with the printer. One great way to do this is to use Adobe® Acrobat® PDFx files. They’re commonly used in the printing industry because they’re cross-platform compatible. Plus, using this type of standardized format doesn’t allow for the possibility of accidental changes or edits to the camera ready image. Once it’s “locked” and saved as a PDF file, how it is shown in that format is how it will be printed.

Writing Advancement :

You do. We do not have any contracts nor do we own any copyrights to your work.