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Core Matter
Margins and Bleeds

Margins are the space between the text of your book and the edge of a page. Margin space needs to be carefully considered before production, as a margin that is too narrow makes for poor readability and a margin too wide can add unnecessary pages to your book.

Margins are generally the same on three sides with a larger margin on the binding edge (or spine) of the book. In order for text to read comfortably and appear balanced on all sides, extra space is often given to the binding edge.

Once you’ve chosen a book size, you can follow our margin recommendations below:

5.5 x 8.5
Top - 0.75” (19mm)
Bottom - 0.75” (19mm)
Outside Edge - 0.75” (19mm)
Inside (Binding) Edge - 1.00” (25mm)
Page Bleed (Each Side) - 0.125” (3.1mm)

6 x 9
Top - 0.75” (19mm)
Bottom - 0.75” (19mm)
Outside Edge - 0.75” (19mm)
Inside (Binding) Edge - 1.00” (25mm)
Page Bleed (Each Side) - 0.125” (3.1mm)

8.5 x 11
Top - 1.00” (25mm)
Bottom - 1.00” (25mm)
Outside Edge - 1.00” (25mm)
Inside (Binding) Edge - 1.125” (28.5mm)
Page Bleed (Each Side) - 0.125” (3.1mm)

11 x 8.5
Top - 1.00” (25mm)
Bottom - 1.00” (25mm)
Outside Edge - 1.00” (25mm)
Inside (Binding) Edge - 1.125” (28.5mm)
Page Bleed (Each Side) - 0.125” (3.1mm)

*Note: When using Microsoft Word, the inside binding edge margin can be kept the same as the other three margins. A gutter of 0.2” can then be used in place of the larger margin.

Page Bleeds

The Page Bleed is the section past the edges of a page that exceeds the printing area. Any images that take up the full height or full width of a page must have a page bleed in order to properly appear full-sized once the book has been trimmed in production.

Below is an example page: the blue area is the page margin and the red area is the page bleed which would be trimmed away in production.

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