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Is the first printed page on the left or the right side of the book?
Will Glasstree insert a Title, Copyright or Index page into my manuscript?
Which fonts can I use in my manuscript?
How wide should I set my margins?
Should I set images to CMYK, RGB, or grayscale?
What is the suggested resolution for best image print quality?
How do I create a table of contents?
Should I include the book cover image in my manuscript file?

Is the first printed page on the left or the right side of the book?

The first printed page of your book will be on the right-hand side, opposite the inside front cover. At this time, printing on the inside of the front and back covers is not available. Therefore, odd numbered pages in your file will display on the right and even numbered pages on the left.

Formatting Tip: For a professional looking layout, insert page breaks at the end of a chapter to ensure the next chapter or section begins on an odd numbered page.

 

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Will Glasstree insert a Title, Copyright or Index page into my manuscript?

No. Glasstree will makes no changes to the content within the files you upload; however, we will generate copyright text for your use based on the copyright license and information you enter in the publishing tool.

 

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Which fonts can I use in my manuscript?

You may use any fonts you like, but the fonts must be embedded in the PDF before uploading to Glasstree.

Follow these general guidelines when choosing your fonts:

  • Serif fonts are best for printed documents. Use serif fonts like Garamond, Times New Roman and Palatino for blocks of body text.
  • Sans serif fonts are best for online or electronically viewed documents and for display text. Use sans serif fonts like Arial and Verdana if you intend your book to be viewed on a screen.
  • Use bold sans serif fonts for title text or headings.

For more information, see: Embed Fonts

 

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How wide should I set my margins?

Set page margins to at least .5" (1.57 cm) for all pages. Most books also require a gutter of .2" to .3" (.51 to .76 cm). A gutter provides a little bit of extra margin on the spine edge of your pages, making your book easier to read without putting too much stress on the spine.

Formatting Tip: For textbooks and other reference materials, consider creating wider margins for note taking.

 

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Should I set images to CMYK, RGB, or grayscale?

  • For books printed in black and white the source document and images should be in grayscale mode.
  • For full color books the source document and/or images should be in the original color-space. If it was created in RGB, it is not necessary to convert it to CMYK and vice versa.
  • If your full color book also contains black and white images, set each black and white image to grayscale.

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What is the suggested resolution for best image print quality?

We tested print quality at various resolutions and found that 300dpi is the optimum resolution. Any improvement in print quality over 300dpi is not noticeable and only results in unnecessarily huge file sizes.

 

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How do I create a table of contents?

The ease with which you will create a table of contents is directly related to how well you know the intricacies of your word processing program. Microsoft Word, Works, Word Perfect, Open Office and Adobe Pro all have the capacity to create tables of contents, but some writers find it more expedient to create them manually.

Several rules apply to tables of contents, regardless of which software you use:

  • The table of contents should start on the page after the copyright, dedication and/or preface sections.
  • The table of contents page should include a section header entitled "Contents." 
  • Your book will be rejected for distribution if the page numbers in your table of contents do not match the page numbers for chapters and sections in your book.

 

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Should I include the book cover image in my manuscript file?

No. Your cover should be a completely separate file from your manuscript. If you choose to create a custom cover, it will be uploaded as a separate file in the cover designer step.

Formatting Tip: We will analyze your uploaded manuscript file and generate a cover template file with exact dimensions for your cover design including bleed and trim. Please use these dimensions to make final adjustments to your cover image prior to uploading the file.

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