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General Questions
What are the dimensions of a MiniBük?
3.5 in. x 5 in.
 
Can the size be adjusted?
No. However, if you are looking for different sized books and binding styles contact our affiliate Access Laserpress at 888-272-2525. They specialize in bound books, manuals and documents in a variety of sizes and binding formats.
 
What is the minimum page count for a MiniBük?
A MiniBük can be printed with as few as 16 pages.
 
Approximately how many words are in a 16 page MiniBük?
While it depends on the size of your type and whether you have images, each page has about 110 words.
 
What is the maximum page count for a MiniBük?
A standard MiniBük, perfect bound, with a printed spine, starts at 64 pages and can go over 200. A MiniBük with stitched binding can have a maximum of 48 pages.
 
Approximately how many words are in a 32 page MiniBük?
Using our standard template and font size, 32 pages of front matter and text will have a maximum of about 3,000 words.
 
What type of binding is used for a MiniBük?
You have a choice. Your MiniBük can be perfect bound (requires a minimum of 64 pages) or saddle stitched (maximum of 48 pages).
 
I want a MiniBük, what is the minimum quantity I need to order?
250 is the minimum quantity.
 
Is there a maximum quantity?
No. And remember, the unit price goes down as the quantity gets larger. We will provide a special quotation for long runs.
 
Can the cover image bleed where the image or background runs off edges?
Yes. Covers are printed in full color and may bleed off all edges, including all edges of the back cover.
 
Can there be printing on the spine?
Yes, as long as your book is perfect bound, which requires a minimum of 64 pages. However, the spine of a MiniBük is very thin unless the book has at least 80 pages. Keep this in mind if you are intent on easily readable text on your spine!
 
Can the spine of a saddle stitched book be printed?
No, because the cover is folded and has no spine depth.
 
Can you send me a template for a MiniBük cover?
Yes, you should verify that your cover fits within our template. Once you know your page count and binding style, we can send you the correct template for your style and size. Just call us at: 800-900-2499.
 
Can I use any font for my MiniBük?
Yes, you control what font you use for interior pages. You also control the font and layout for the cover. Just make sure your cover layout fits within the template we provide. You can also have us format your cover as a custom cover or customize one of our MiniBük Cover Designs.
 
What font size do I use?
For interior pages, refer to the Preparing Text and Art page of this website. For MiniBük covers it is up to you. You must consider the overall design of your cover, in light of your marketing objectives.
 
Can I include illustrations, photographs and images inside my my MiniBük?
Yes. Since you format the interior pages, you control the quantity and placement of images on the pages. The use of graphic images on text pages has no affect on your cost.
 
Can inside images bleed off the edges of the page.
No. There is a specific live area that all text and images must fall within for MiniBük interior page layouts.
 
Can my images or photographs be in color?
Standard MiniBük interior pages are printed in black only. We can print color images on interior pages, but it raises your cost. Contact us if this is an option you want to consider.
 
How long does it take to get a MiniBük order?
The length of your production cycle will depend upon the binding of your MiniBük. A saddle-stitched binding is 48 pages and under, a perfect bound binding is 64 pages and up. The saddle-stitched binding process takes 8-10 business days and the perfect bound binding process takes 10-12 business days. To expedite an order through the production cycle please contact MiniBük prior to starting your project. Expediting fees will apply. We also have the option of expediting the shipment (overnight or 2-day) which increases the shipping cost, but it does help to meet strict deadlines.
 
Does it take a lot of work on my part to do a MiniBük?
You will need to write, edit and format your interior pages. Formatting is very quick using our MicroSoft Word template. In terms of the cover layout, we need a compliant PDF file or the information, any logos and artwork to create a cover for you.
 
Do you have someone who can design my MiniBük cover?
Yes, we have a MiniBük Design Team that can help you.
 
Do you have someone who can write my MiniBük for me?
Yes, we work with talented writers and editors who we can refer to you. When we make referrals the agreement between you and the writer or editor is separate from any agreement(s) you have with MiniBük.
 
How do I purchase an ISBN number for my MiniBük?
To obtain an ISBN number, it's pretty simple. Go to www.myidentifiers.com and you will see the option to buy one ISBN number for $125 or a block of ten ISBN numbers for $250. If you plan to do more than one MiniBük over the course of time, or if you plan to convert your MiniBük into a eBook publication, it's well worth the discount on buying ten ISBN numbers at once. MiniBük will generate a bar code after the ISBN has been purchased.
 
How do I copyright protect my MiniBük?
In the United States, the act of publishing anything automatically conveys copyright protection. For more information on copyrights, visit the U.S. Copyright Office at http://www.copyright.gov.
 

 
Calculating Pricing
How can I calculate the cost of my MiniBük?
You can refer to the MiniBük Pricing page of this website, but to get an accurate cost please send us the specifics of your MiniBük (number of interior pages and binding format.)
 
Is there an average cost I can expect for a completed MiniBük?
In a quantity of 500, an average size MiniBük is usually $1.50 or less for printing. This includes shipping of your completed books. Refer to the MiniBük Pricing page of this website for more pricing examples.
 
How can I calculate the cost to mail my finished MiniBük?
We have included a brief weight and postage chart here for MiniBüks. Once you determine the number of interior pages we can provide weight estimates to you.
 
What is the cost for having you prepare cover layout for a MiniBük?
It varies depending on your requirements. If you are considering having us handle your cover layout, please email us with specifics.
 
What is the cost for having someone write or edit my MiniBük?
Each MiniBük is unique. Depending on how much you have written and the scope of existing materials about your subject, a talented writer and editor may charge anywhere from a few hundred dollars total to as much as $30 per page. When we make referrals the agreement between you and the writer or editor is separate from any agreement(s) you have with MiniBük.
 
What if I need help formatting my interior pages? How much does that cost?
It is easy to format your interior pages (see the Preparing Text and Art page of this website), but we do realize that you may need our help. In order to quote this cost, as well as the cost for printing your MiniBük, contact us so we can go to work on your behalf.
 
How much extra is it for color printing on my cover?
There is no extra charge for color. All MiniBük covers are printed in full color on the front and back (outside) covers. The inside front and back covers are not printed.
 
How much extra is it for color printing on my interior pages?
MiniBük interior pages are printed in black on white stock. We can print color on interior pages, but costs are higher. Contact us if this is an option you want to consider.
 
Can I get printing on the inside front and back cover? How much extra is this?
This can be done, but it is far better for you to simply add pages to your MiniBük to accommodate extra printing you may want. The cost for printing on the inside of your front and/or back cover is significant as it requires custom handling and production. Contact us if this is an option you want to consider.
 
My local printer says they can produce a similar size book for the same cost. Why should I use MiniBük?
 
MiniBük prints loads of books and has fine tuned the production process to be efficient and low cost, yet high in quality. We cannot guarantee that our prices are lower, but we can assure you that the combination of cover stock and interior page stock, together with printing and binding quality is top notch. And, MiniBük has worked out many details that your local printer may not be equipped to handle. For example, a finished book with even the slightest paper weight or thickness deviation could cost you hundreds of dollars in extra mailing charges.
 

 
Preparing Files
What is the best software program to use for my interior page layout?
Whatever suits you, suits us. MicroSoft Word is the most popular program, and it easily converts documents to the PDF file format we require.
 
What page size should I use for my layout?
8-1/2 in. x 11 in. (See the Preparing Text and Art page of this website.)
 
What page size should my PDF file be?
8-1/2 in. x 11 in.
 
How do I prepare a PDF file for interior pages?
Follow along on the Preparing Text and Art page of this website. In general, most popular software programs, such as MicroSoft Word, have easy options for saving completed documents in PDF.
 
What is the best software program to use for my cover layout?
Whatever suits you, suits us. Just make sure the final cover is converted to a high resolution PDF file and that your cover conforms to the MiniBük cover template. If you are new to this kind of work, you may want to seek the assistance of a professional designer.
 
What size should I use for my cover layout?
Your cover should sized at 3-1/2 in. x 5 in. (front) with the same size back cover. If the book is to be bound with perfect binding, then you need to plan on a spine dimension. This dimension varies depending on how many interior pages you book will have. (See the Preparing Text and Art page of this website for more information, or contact us with questions). We will send you a template matching your spine dimension.
 
How do I prepare a PDF file for interior pages?
Follow along on the Preparing Text and Art page of this website. In general, most popular software programs, such as MicroSoft Word, have easy options for saving completed documents in PDF.
 

 
MiniBük with Business Card
What are the dimensions of the MiniBük with Business Card?
3.5 in. x 5 in., the same as a MiniBük but with a fold-out business card attached to the back cover
 
What is the minimum page count for a MiniBük with Business Card?
A MiniBük with Business Card can be printed with as few as 16 pages.
 
Approximately how many words is a 16 page MiniBük with Business Card?
While it depends on the size of your type and whether you have images, each page has about 110 words (for all text).
 
What is the maximum page count for a MiniBük with Business Card?
A MiniBük with Business Card can have a maximum of 32 pages.
 
Approximately how many words are in a 32 page MiniBük with Business Card?
32 pages of text, with front matter, will be approximately 3,000 words in total.
 
What type of binding is used for a MiniBük with Business Card?
MiniBük with Business Card pages are held together by saddle stitched binding. Perfect binding is not currently an available option.
 
I want a MiniBük with Business Card, what is the minimum quantity?
500 is the minimum for each name or business card version. An order of 1,500 can be split among three different business card versions (different names or cards).
 
Is there a maximum quantity?
No. And remember, the unit price goes down as the quantity gets larger.
 
Can my business card have bleed where the image or background runs off edges?
The business card can bleed on any side.
 
Why is the back cover slightly inset from the front cover of a MiniBük with Business Card?
 
This permits the business card to remain attached during trimming and fold inside the back cover.
 
 
Can you send me a template for a MiniBük with Business Card?
Yes, you should verify that your cover fits within the template. We will send you a template for MiniBük with Business Card. Simply call us.
 
Can I use any font for my MiniBük with Business Card?
Yes, you control what font you use for interior pages. And, for the cover and business card, you also control the font and layout. Just make sure your cover layout fits within the template we provide. You can also have us format your cover as a custom cover or with one of our MiniBük Cover Designs.
 
What font size do I use?
For interior pages, refer to the Preparing Text and Art page of this website. For MiniBük with Business Card covers it is up to you. You must consider the overall design of your cover, in light of your marketing objectives.
 
What is the cost for having you prepare cover and business card layout for a MiniBük with Business Card?
 
It varies depending on your requirements. If you are considering having us handle your cover layout, please email us with specifics.
 
 
Can I include illustrations and images inside my MiniBük with Business Card?
Yes. Since you format all of the interior ages, you control the quantity and placement of images on pages.
 
Can inside images be photographs?
Yes.
 
Can inside images bleed off the edges of the page.
No. There is a specific live area that all text and images must fall within for MiniBük with Business Card and MiniBük interior page layouts.
 
Can my images or photographs be in color?
Standard MiniBük interior pages are in black only. We can print color images on interior pages, but it raises your cost. Contact us if this is an option you want to consider.
 
Is the MiniBük with Business Card available in different sizes?
No. The finished book measures 3-1/2 in. x 5 in and the attached business card is a standard 3-1/2 in. x 2 in.
 
How long does it take to get a MiniBük with Business Card order?
Orders are usually shipped within 5 to 7 working days after approval of your hard copy proof.
 
Does it take a lot of work on my part to do a MiniBük with Business Card?
You will need to write, edit and format your interior pages. Formatting is very quick using our margin layout and a popular program like MicroSoft Word. In terms of the cover and business card layout, we either need a completed PDF file or information from you to create a cover and card for you.
 
Do you have someone who can design my MiniBük with Business Card cover?
Yes, we have a MiniBük (and MiniBük with Business Card) Design Team that can help you.
 
Do you have someone who can write my MiniBük with Business Card for me?
Yes, we work with talented writers and editors who we can refer to you. When we make referrals the agreement between you and the writer or editor is separate from any agreement(s) you have with MiniBük with Business Card/MiniBük.
 

 
Formatting Pages
Why is it important to lay out my interior pages on an 8-1/2 in. x 11 in. document page size?
 
This gives us the margins we need to keep your text and any images within safe areas for printing. Also, it simplifies your preparation a highly readable document for sharing and posting (if you wish) for electronic viewing on iPads, smart phones and other small display devices.
 
 
It seems odd to lay out my book pages at 8-1/2 in. x 11 in. Why should I do this?
Several reasons. For one it makes your life easier working with a large document as opposed to the small page size of a MiniBük. Also, it standardizes our production, which saves you costs. Best of all, it gives you a PDF file of your book for display on all types of small screen devices.
 
How much is my 8-1/2 in. x 11 in. page layout reduced?
Your interior page layout (PDF file) is reduced to 50% of its original size. When you maintain the margins we specify (see page margins) the 8-1/2 in. x 11 in. layout you create is sized just right for us to print on the 3-1/2 in x 5 in. MiniBük page size.
 
Do I need to worry about formatting my PDF file so the pages layout to print a book?
No! You simply create your document according to our margin and layout guidelines, make a PDF file and keep it all in page-by-page order. Do not worry about facing pages, pagination, etc. We take care of pagination. Remember, you will always see a hard copy proof before we print anything.
 
What about page numbering?
Simply number the pages as you want them numbered. There are no set in stone rules for numbering pages, except that they usually go in order! Some books are produced with no page numbers at all, while others begin with introduction numbers (i, ii, iii, iv, etc.) and are then followed by traditional numbers such as 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.
 
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