Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost?

Cost is dependent on your project’s specifications. Publishing Productions will ensure the cost per book copy is kept as low as possible, while maintaining excellence. We will match your specifications to the best technology available, both locally and overseas, to provide you with a product that meets your budget without impacting quality.

How do I supply my files?

In most cases, supplying your manuscript as a Word Document is sufficient. We will then convert this to a print-ready layout, as well as supplying an estimation of final pagination.

All book layout requires the use of specialist graphic design software such as Adobe InDesign. Publishing Productions is able to convert and work with most files you supply.

What paper stocks should I use?

All paper stocks are quoted as GSM (grams per square meter). As a general rule, text (book page) stocks vary between 70gsm and 150gsm, whilst cover stocks (other than case-bound/hardcover titles) vary between 250gsm and 400gsm.

All stocks can be sourced as gloss, matt (Silk) or uncoated, depending on the amount of colour per page and the desired finish.

How should my book be bound?

Dependant on the page count, the three most popular methods of binding are:

Case Bound: Case Bound (hardcover) books are often used for children’s picture books and First Edition novels

Perfect Bound: This is a book binding type for soft cover books such as paperback novels and many textbooks

Saddle Stapled: Also known as “saddle-stitching”, this is a term used for simply stapling along the fold in the spine. This is suitable for books with a low page-count, including many children’s books, and is very cost-effective.

What are the advantages of offshore production?

Book production in Asia can deliver savings of up to 50% over local production, depending on specification and quantity. Please note that in most cases an additional lead time is required to allow for shipping.

What is an ISBN?

The International Standard Book Numbers system identifies any book published anywhere in the world. The unique 13-digit number should be printed on the reverse of the title page of a book along with copyright and publisher information. In Australia exclusively, Thorpe Bowker holds the ISBN agency. You can obtain your own ISBN or Publishing Productions can provide this service for you.


What is Legal Deposit?

Legal Deposit is a requirement under the Copyright Act 1968 for publishers and self publishing authors to deposit a copy of any work published in Australia with the National Library and when applicable, the deposit libraries in your home state. Legal Deposit ensures that Australian publications are preserved for use now and in the future and that your book information is available in important national bibliographic databases. This ensures that your self-published book receives the same bibliographic exposure as any published book.

What is Cataloguing-in-Publishing?

Cataloguing in Publication (CiP) is a free service offered to publishers by the National Library of Australia to provide a bibliographic record for a book before it is published. The CiP record is derived from information supplied by the publisher and includes author/s, title, ISBN and price. Library of Congress Subject Headings and Dewey decimal classification numbers are assigned to facilitate subject access.

What about Copyright?

Although copyright protection is a complex area, the most important thing to know is that in Australia, your work is automatically protected by law as long as it is in a substantive form i.e. written down .It is important to note that if you commission an illustrator, photographer or designer the copyright is retained by the creator not by the person commissioning the work.

Do I Retain Rights to My Book?

Absolutely, you retain all rights on all material relating to your book regardless of whether Publishing Productions is listed as your ‘publisher’

How should I supply my own artwork?

PDF is the most reliable way to supply artwork, although we are happy to accept files in the most popular applications including Microsoft Word and InDesign.

How do I calculate how many pages my manuscript will make?

This will always depend on the book size and also the page design  (i.e. margins and point size, etc) as a rough rule of thumb for budgeting purposes only allow 350 words per page.

What are the standard book sizes?

There is no restriction as to the book size that you choose, however the following standard sizes used by the publishing industry are geared to the most cost effective use of a printing press

Paperback Books

  • A 181mm x 111mm
  • B 198mm x 129mm
  • B + 210mm x 138mm
  • C 232mm x 152mm

Children’s Books

  • A4 297mm x 210mm
  • A5 210mm x 148mm
  • B5 250mm x 176mm
  • 250mm x 250mm
  • Other variations available upon discussion

Pictorial Books

  • A wide range of formats is available to best suit your design and illustrations. Publishing Productions can advise the most cost effective book size to meet your particular requirements

If you have anymore questions feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help you.

Call Brian now on 0402 468 320 or use the form below.

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