I know we have some die-hard DIY self-pubbers out there that really enjoy learning to do the work themselves. But I can guarantee you that most of them end up frustrated and surprised at just how much work is involved to get a good-looking ebook. I know because that is MY story, too.
I have assembled a handy single-sheet reference to help you choose the right trim size for your book. This is doubly helpful if you want to use the same file for KDP and IngramSpark.
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The devil is in the details, and book design is no exception. There are many, many considerations that the author and the book designer need to discuss.
Here is a template that will help you perfect your 6×9 full-cover design for your paperback book. This is a 2-part overlay: front and back with bleeds and margins, including spine margin and the default barcode size and placement.
This online calculator tool will help you arrive at the dimensions your full cover needs to be for Amazon KDP or for CreateSpace or you can just use it to figure your spine width. Different printers use different paper, which determines the spine width, which is why this calculator is specific to Amazon KDP and CreateSpace (same paper).