Narrow Page Stock?

Ramfublio's picture

I have another simple question: what is the narrowest book page stock (European or American)? I am looking for a large size (a bit larger than an average leather bound bible), and a smaller size (somewhere between a paperback and hardcover).

Joshua Langman's picture

You can find standard paper sizes here:

The "narrowest" (i.e.,m smallest) standard American size I know of is 5.5 x 8.5, but that's not "between a paperback and a hardcover." Trade paperbacks are 6 x 9.

If you are designing the book, can't you specify whatever size you want? Or are you limited to standard sizes?

Ramfublio's picture

Thanks, Joshua! There are some budget concerns, and so I would not want to get too eccentric if I don't have to.

JamesM's picture

> narrowest book page stock

Are you self-publishing a book? You should consult with your publisher or print shop before picking a page size. And keep in mind that publications are normally printed on large sheets with multiple pages per sheet.

Don McCahill's picture

What James said. The printing press is the key here, and you really need to know what dimensions it will have. If the book will be a longer run, it will probably run on a web unit. In that case, the cutoff on the press will define sizes.

More likely, it will run on a sheet fed. Book stock can run on 25x38 inch sheets, although that is a large press, and 19x25 is more common. Do the math. 19/2 and 25/4 gives you an 9.25 by 6 book, 16 pages per sheet (allowing for trimming). You can go to a 19/2 and 25/2 for 8 pages per sheet (you are printing on both sides) to get a 12x9.25 book.

Of course, some presses will be other sizes, and this will constrain your finished dimensions.

As James says, talk to a printer ... preferably the one you want to print the book. (Be aware that the small little print shop will be able to print the book, but if you are going to run over 500 or so copies, the cost may not be effective, because small presses will only print 2 pages per sheet for a larger book. They often can only go to 18x22 paper.

(I hope you are in the US/Canada ... otherwise this non-metric talk will be confusing. But the same rule applies ... talk to a printer).

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