I am ready to make my title a POD. Where do I start?

Publisher Service -

While bringing a book product into your marketplace is exciting, it's very important to read over the walkthrough and make sure your book meets our required specs. If you put in a little bit of time to make sure the book is ready, it will save you hours later if the book is rejected.

You can find all the information on how to prep your book on the How to Prepare a Print Title page.


Important Reminders

  • When preparing a book, make absolutely sure to check over the checklist we have available. We have this checklist available for Novice, Intermediate, and Expert. Familiarizing yourself with these walkthroughs and checklists will make book printing easier in the future.
  • The Print Process is attached below. It goes through the process we have with our printer. While we would love to make the process go quickly, it does have to meet certain steps in order to be approved.
  • Once approved, you will need to order a proof to make sure it is what you are expecting for your customers. It is very important to order a proof as you want to make sure your book is up to your approval before making it go live.
  • Once you receive your proof, you can toggle it to be live. If you're unable to, contact your Publisher Relations Representative.
  • The Most Common Errors page is extremely helpful when your book is rejected. It gives information on the most common errors we receive, and the Correct Common Errors will give you solutions to fix these errors.
  • If you're not sure how to fix your error, you can contact your Publisher Service Representative and they will be able to assist you in making sure your book goes through properly.
  • We strongly recommend you use InDesign for preparing your book for print, for it allows you to work well with both art and text and does a great job of ensuring proper PDF/X-1a:2001 output. We understand that program is expensive, however, so you might consider Scribus (a free layout program) for getting started.

    We suggest you do not use Microsoft Word to lay out your books; MS Word will not allow you to select any actual ink for the text color, so you will not have an easy time getting your ink coverage right. Further, you won't be able to export as PDF/X-1a:2001.

    Photoshop and Illustrator are fantastic for manipulating art, controlling the ink coverage and, used in tandem with InDesign, will get you high-quality results.

  • Our printer requires that the final page of a book be completely blank, so they add a blank page during pre-media setup of your print files. Our printer needs the final page blank to add an internal production tracking bar code to that page. This bar code is used to scan the book interior during book binding to be sure that the correct cover is matched to the correct book interior. (This production bar code is unrelated to and should not be confused with any ISBN or UPC bar codes.)

    Depending on a book's size, the final page count of a book must be evenly divisible by either 4 or 6. Therefore, it is best for you to submit book interiors that are one page less than an evenly divisible page count, so the printer can add the blank page at the end and then print the book at that page count. Otherwise, the printer may have to add additional blank pages to the end of the book in order to make it appropriately divisible and thus printable.

    The following table summarizes whether a book type and size requires a page count divisible by 4 or 6.

    Size     Divisible By
    6.14" x 9.21" and smaller                6
    6.69" x 9.61" and larger                4

    For example, if you submit a 6.14" x 9.21" book (whether hardcover or softcover), a page count such as 107 is ideal. The printer will add a blank page to make it 108 which is evenly divisible by 6, so the book will print at 108 pages. If you instead submitted the book at 105 pages, the printer would add a blank page to make it 106, which is not divisible by 6 and would therefore need to add two additional blank pages to get to 108, the next highest number evenly divisible by 6.

    Back matter (back-of-book ads or promo pages) for your other titles is an excellent way of filling out page count.


Print Process Diagram



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