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Softcover Publishing

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Softcover Format is already included in select publishing packages and cannot be purchased separately. This page is designed to give you more information about the service and why it’s important for your book.

iUniverse softcover books are formatted as trade paperbacks. Trade paperback is an industry term that describes a book that is of better production quality. These books are produced in a larger size and offered at a higher price than a mass-market paperback format. Mass-market paperbacks are generally cheaply made and printed on newsprint or other low-quality paper, which will discolor and disintegrate over time. Trade paperbacks, on the other hand, meet a higher standard and are printed on high-quality paper.

iUniverse offers trade paperbacks in the following trim sizes:

Black & White Trim sizes

  • 5" x 8"
  • 5.5" x 8.5"
  • 6" x 9"
  • 7.5" x 9.25"
  • 8.25" x 11"

Color Trim Sizes

  • 8.5" x 8.5"
  • 8.5" x 11"

iUniverse softcover books are printed on high-quality, acid-free, book-grade opaque paper stock in black and white or grayscale halftones. Softcovers are printed on a bright white cover stock in full color.

*Books included in publishing packages will be shipped at standard shipping rates.

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To learn more about trade paperback printing and materials, please call 1-800-AUTHORS (288-4677) for additional information.

Call 1-800-AUTHORS (288-4677) to order now!