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Book Production Information

Can I include pictures or drawings in my book?
How does iUniverse set the price of my book?
What are iUniverse's proofing policies?
What do I need to submit to iUniverse to publish my book?
What kind of binding does iUniverse offer?
Why do the colors used in my book cover vary slightly on the iUniverse Web site, on the pdf of the cover proof, and on the actual printed book?
Will my book be sold in Barnes & Noble stores?
Will my title and author information appear on the spine of my book?
What is a "bleed" in a cover design?
What sizes, binding and types of paper are available for iUniverse books?  


Can I include pictures or drawings in my book?

Yes, you can place images in your book. We suggest using a high resolution image of 300 dpi (dots per inch), or higher, at the size you would like for it to appear in the book. We cannot accept a book with any images less than 150 dpi. Using high resolution images in your book will achieve a professional appearance.

Please make sure that you have permission to use the image if you personally did not take the picture or create the graphic. Please see our FAQ about U.S. Copyright and permissions for more details. If you do not have permission to use an image, you should not place it in your book.

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How does iUniverse set the price of my book?

The price of your book is determined by a fixed cost for the cover and page count, plus the distribution cost and royalty amount. The cover cost and page count determine the minimum base price for the production of your book. Then, the distribution and royalty amounts are displayed once the selling price is determined.

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What are iUniverse's proofing policies?

iUniverse authors will be provided with opportunities to review electronic proofs of their book block and/or cover design.

Proofing New Manuscripts

As a part of the proofing process, authors may make one round of corrections to their book cover, book block, or a combination of both free of charge.

If an author wishes to make more than 50 corrections, additional corrections may be purchased for a fee. If you find you need to make significant changes to your book, moving or removing paragraphs for example, contact your publishing services representative for instructions.

All corrections must be noted on the iUniverse Electronic Proof Form that is provided with your author proofs.

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What do I need to submit to iUniverse to publish my book?

Once your manuscript is complete and you have an idea for the book cover, you are ready to start the publishing process. You can also see a list of everything you need in the publishing checklist.

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What kind of binding does iUniverse offer?

iUniverse books are "perfect bound." Perfect bound books are made by joining the paper cover to the pages with adhesive. The spine or binding is clamped, roughened and fanned so the adhesive envelopes the edge of each sheet. When the cover is pressed against the surface, some of the adhesive is forced between the pages, forming a strong bond. After drying, the book is trimmed on its three remaining sides.

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Why do the colors used in my book cover vary slightly on the iUniverse Web site, on the PDF of the cover proof and on the actual printed book?

The same cover graphic is used by each medium (book cover, Web site photo, PDF) that needs to display or use it. A number of variables come into play when working with or viewing files electronically, such as calibration of the computer monitor, type of printer and lighting and perception of color. While the cover graphic remains the same, the medium with which the customer is viewing the cover does change and so may the colors. Within the digital printing industry, there is an ongoing effort to improve the standards of cover reproduction and color management.

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Will my book be sold in Barnes & Noble stores?

Publishing with iUniverse does not assure shelf space at any bookstore. Books published via our Bookstore Premier Pro, Premier Pro, Premier, or Select Publishing Packages will be available for order at thousands of bookstores including online retailers such as Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com.

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Will my title and author information appear on the spine of my book?

Yes. If your book consists of more than 100 pages once we format your manuscript for paperback publishing or 108 pages once we format your manuscript for hardcover publishing, we will include your title and author information on the spine of the book. We are not able to print title and author information on spines of books that are less than 101 pages in paperback format or 108 pages in hardcover format. Please note that there is a limit of 42 characters for the imprint of spine text upon a hardcover book.

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What is a "bleed" in a cover design?

"Bleed" is the term for printing that goes right to the edge of the paper. Printed pieces that have a white border or white around the edges, do not bleed. If you have images or backgrounds that you want to print (bleed) off the edge of the paper, then you must design your job larger than the final CUT SIZE. We create bleeds by actually cutting through the enlarged image/background.

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What sizes, binding and types of paper are available for iUniverse books?

iUniverse publishes trade paperback books in perfect-bound format, a type of book binding that uses glue to hold the pages and cover together (typical of most professional books found in stores). iUniverse prints books in various combinations of binding and paper types.

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