Tips and Hints

Here you can find useful hints for the layout and style of your publication.

Book Cover Variants

Paperback
The paperback cover is in color and is made of 250g / m² Invercote Creato cardboard. You can choose between a glossy or matte protective lamination. The processing carried out as hotmelt binding with side gluing.

Hardcover
Our books are laminated hardcovers, which means that the book cover is coated directly with the color printed envelope paper. To protect your book from wear and stains, your book is finished with a matte or glossy surface. The rounded back of your book sits comfortably in the hand. The perfect binding is made with dispersion adhesives.

Booklet / Brochure / Map
Booklets offer a good alternative if you want to publish a manuscript with a low page numbers. Usually these brochures are provided with a staple binding. Does your manuscript have more than 52 pages, you can also opt for an adhesive bond. Furthermore, you can choose between A4 and A5 formats and between b/w and color printing. If you would like to add some color pages to your book block, the whole booklet has to be printed in color.

Print Formats

Standard formats:      12,0 cm x 19,0 cm
    13,5 cm x 21,5 cm
    14,8 cm x 21,0 cm (DIN A5)
Special formats:   15,5 cm x 22,0 cm
Large formats:   17,0 cm x 24,0 cm
    21,0 cm x 29,7 cm
    17,6 cm x 25,0 cm (B5)
    21,0 cm x 29,7 cm (DIN A4)

Hint:
Include two blank pages before the first page of the text.The blank pages are neither numbered nor counted. Make sure that the page count of your manuscript, including the blank pages, is divisible by four pages. If this is not the case, then please add the missing empty pages at the end of the text.

Paper

We print your book on 80g/m white quality paper. Through the use of 1.3 volume paper even books with less number of pages give an impressive reputation. Furthermore. Our paper is acid-, wood- and chlorine-free and age resistant and complies with the requirements of the University Offices.

Formatting Rules

Formatting Rules

The following notes are not mandatory but should provide assistance in your formatting.

We do not want to simply "print" books, our books shall be visually appealing and easy to read. Not only our book covers shall give a good impression. The design of the inner part of the book contributes greatly to the visual impression. Font, font size and line spacing are crucial for a unified and harmonious print.

We frequently receive manuscripts with a font size of 12 points for the main text and a line spacing of 1.5 points. Many universities and institutes specify this formatting information in their regulations. Of course, this work will be used as a template for formatting the printing press. For a visually appealing and readable book, it would be beneficial for you to apply our formatting suggestions for the publication of your paper.

We are happy to assist you in reformatting and will charge you € 0.80 per page. After completion of the formatting, we create a PDF file, which improves the printed image yet again.
You can also format your work in advance on your own so that the image of the finished book is as visually engaging as possible. We have also compiled some formatting rules, which you can read on our website.

Note in advance: You should give us your complete work in a single file, not spread across multiple files. The formatting works easiest that way. If your work is spread across several files, you could try to copy all files from the clipboard into a single document. Save this file under a different name, then you still can be sure to keep the source files.

The Most Important Formatting Rules

The Most Important Formatting Rules

Font Size   For the main text (if you have written your text in A4 or letter size) use 14 points, 12 points for comments. This is not too large, remember that your work may still be scaled to a smaller format. Please use justification.
Line spacing
  Line spacing should be 2 points larger than the text, eg. if you use 14 points for the main text then use 16 point line spacing in headlines, here the spacing may be larger.
Fonts   Fonts must be consistent throughout the document (e.g., if captions are 12-point Times in chapter 1, they must be 12-point Times in all other chapters). Using too many fonts makes the type face uneasy. Do not use fonts with too thin lines, as these can disappear when we have to scale the publication. As fonts we recommend Book Antiqua, Palatino Linotype, Times New Roman or similar fonts. Usually, these fonts are already on your computer. Sans serif fonts, for example Arial, are not suitable for books.
Headlines
  Correspondingly larger, while left-aligned, not justified. As a rule for headings, use the same font as the main text. Set the line spacing to something bigger (font size plus 4 to 6-point)
Page border
  Right and left using the same, 2.5-3 cm, no gutter margin. Document margin limitations apply to tables and figures. Tables and figures cannot extend into any of the margins.
Pagination
  Number all pages consecutively. Continue in consecutive order until the end of the dissertation or thesis. Either centered or left and right sides alternately (odd pages in books are always printed right pages, just pages always left pages), start numbering in your paper on page 3 or 5, as the publisher adds two blank pages at the text beginning. Page numbers on landscaped pages should be in portrait orientation.
Footnotes   Separate footnotes from the text with a line, and leave one single-spaced line of space between the line and the footnote.
Large tables   If a figure or a table continues onto a subsequent page(s), include the following caption: Table x (continued) or Figure x (continued).
No underlining
  No underlining in the text, for highlighting better use italics and bold.
Hyphenation
  Use automated hyphenation in your text editor (like Microsoft Word). If you separate syllables manually, please make no hyphenation with a minus sign (important!). If you want to manually separate word syllables, use "Ctrl" + "minus sign". It creates a discretionary hyphen, which separates one word only if it is actually at the end of the line).
Shading, grey, moire
  Avoid shadows and shades of gray, for example in chart illustrations. In A4, a shade may still look good, but keep in mind that - if your publication is scaled to a smaller format -  the pitch factor often can not be reproduced, which can cause so-called moire patterns that make the shading appear uneven.

These are the most important rules for formatting text. If you follow these, your book will have an attractive appearance. You can check the type face by printing a few pages. And  you can resize them to the publication format either on your home printer or in a copy shop in order to get a good impression of your text appearance in the printing format.

Recommended Lithograph

Recommended Lithograph

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Position im book
Your manuscript
Cover inside Blank page  
  1  
Blank page Title page Page 3Title page
Content requirements, please refer to your universities' rules.
2 3  
Imprint Advisors Page 4Imprint
The imprint page is layouted by the publisher. Advisors may be added here, as well.
4 5  
Blank page Dedication  
6 7  
Blank page Table of Contents Page 9Table of Contents
Start of page numbering roman (I, II, ...)
Alternative: no numbering
8 9  
Blank page Text start
(start of  pagination)
Page 11Text start
Start of page numbering arabic (1, 2, ...)
10 11

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