We can accept and work with your book materials
in many forms - based on almost any software you might want to use.
at no extra cost to you for file preparation. We work
directly with PDF, InDesign, Pagemaker, QuarkXpress, Word,
WordPerfect, Publisher, and other layout programs, and we can work
with PDFs exported from these programs and from specialty programs such as Framemaker, TeX,
LaTeX, and music writing programs.
If (1) your files are set up so that the pages of the
look the way you want your book pages to appear - that is, are
formatted for your book - and (2) there are no serious technical
problems with your files which require extensive rework or lengthy
processing, then we
label these files Trouble-free Files. Providing
trouble-free files minimizes your cost because it minimizes the time
required for us to process your files.
While we do not charge extra if you send us trouble-free files in
any of the formats described above, we do prefer to receive the
PDF files with all fonts embedded for the text
of your book, and
application files (InDesign, Pagemaker, etc)
together with PDFs for your cover. The PDFs need to
have all fonts embedded.
With the application files, we need
all fonts and image links
The advantage of sending PDF files with all fonts embedded is
their stability. They will look exactly the same to us, and
process to pages that look the same, as they look to you on your
monitor or printer. In addition, they are self-contained and do not
require any accompanying fonts or images. Contrast this with,
say, Word files which can look different when moved to a different
The reason we prefer to have the application files for your cover
is that having these files makes it possible for us to adjust spine
size, bleeds, and positioning as well as to make corrections that
you request to spelling and wording, all without having to come back to you to
ask for changes.
If you work with InDesign and want to send us a PDF, and
especially if you use transparency in InDesign or have bleeds, I
suggest you check this page for InDesign
For more information on the kind of troubles
that can be built into files, visit problem files.
Bleeds, Safe Zone, Spreads, Spines,
Centering on Hard Cover. Visit
Images and Screen Values. Visit