Client Resources


Below you will find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

General Capabilities

What are your standard trim sizes?

Sizes are 5 3/8 x 8 3/8, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 6 x 9, 7 x 10, 8 1/2 x 11 and 9 x 12.

What is your minimum print run?

500 – offset printing; 200 – inkjet printing; 20 – digital toner printing.

What is your minimum and maximum spine width?

Widths range from 1/8 inch up to 2 1/4 inches for perfect bound books or book blocks.

What binding options are available?

Binding may be perfect bound, layflat, saddle stitch, wire-o (regular wire-o or semi-concealed), plastic coil, or case bound (adhesive, side sewn, smythe sewn).

Is all binding in-house?

Yes, all binding at Bang Printing is done in-house, which allows for better quality control, faster turnaround, and a lower final price.

What cover material and coating options are available?

We stock 8-, 10-, and 12-point cover material. Our coating options include varnish, aqueous, UV coating, and layflat film lamination in gloss or matte. We also offer spot coating finishes, foil stamping, and embossing.

Is my book an economical “fit” for Bang Printing?

While Bang Printing specializes in producing books in a variety of sizes and run lengths, our “sweet spot” is 1- or 2-color text web runs (500-100,000) and short run 4-color text runs (500-10,000). We offer all bindings in-house; all covers are produced sheet fed.

Can you accommodate drop shipments?

Yes. We will drop-ship for a minimal number of drop shipments. There is a shipping and handling charge associated with it.

Do you offer fulfillment services?

Yes, we offer complete fulfillment solutions that gives provide you with access to your very own fulfillment website. For more information, visit the fulfillment page or contact your Customer Service Representative.

What is your policy on overs and unders?

We follow the industry standard, which is ± 10% of quantity ordered. This is standard printing practice, as it’s difficult to stop high-speed presses at the exact quantity you want.

What are the signature breaks?

1- and 2-color web sizes are available in 16s, 24s, 32s, and 48s. For sheet fed, text breaks are available in 8s, 16s, 24s, and 32s.

File Setup & Submission

Where can I get information for the copyright page of my book?

The Library of Congress has a very helpful website that explains the information printed on the copyright page. The website describes what CIP (Cataloging In Publication), ISBN (International Standard Serial Number), and PCN (Pre-assigned Control Number) are and what they’re used for. The website is

How do I obtain an ISBN number for my book?

Visit Here, you’ll find detailed instructions on the application process and filling out the required form.

Once I have my ISBN number, where do I get a barcode?

Barcodes can be ordered online, quickly and easily. Visit for a list of companies that provide this service. When you order your barcode, it’s best to order it as a digital file (rather than film). It doesn’t matter if it’s PC or Mac format, but it should be a .eps file with all fonts converted to outlines. You can have it emailed directly to Bang Printing from the barcode company. Just give them your Customer Service Representative’s email address and tell them to put your book title in the subject line when it’s sent to us. They may ask you what our dot gain is when you order your barcode. It’s 18% – 20%, which is standard with most printers.

How wide should my margins be?

Margin widths can vary, depending on the style of the book and personal preference. We don’t recommend having anything print closer to the final trim than 1/4″ unless it’s meant to bleed off the edge. Typically, a 6″ x 9″ or 7″ x 10″ book looks more pleasing with margins of about 1/2″ at the top, bottom, and face, and 5/8″ at the gutter. If your book has a larger trim size, 8.5″ x 11″ or 9″ x 12″, your margins look better if they’re a bit wider. Classic book design suggests face margins be built wider than gutter margins, but keep in mind, portions of the gutter margins will be not be visible as they curve into the binding.

What type of electronic files do you accept?

For interior text, we require one complete single page format PDF with all fonts embedded.

We also accept PDF files built exactly to our specifications for covers and other printing components (e.g., inserts, endsheets). However, it’s usually best if these are supplied as the native application files, since we may need to tweak a spine dimension, adjust hinges, flush out bleeds, etc. These modifications are more seamlessly done in the native files. We’re equipped with most versions of Quark and Adobe Creative Suite applications on Mac and PC platforms. Please contact your Customer Service Representative about submitting other file formats.

What type of electronic files are not recommended?

We cannot accept Microsoft Word documents. Supplied Word documents typically generate formatting, font substitution, and reflow issues for which we cannot compensate.

Most Word programs offer conversion to PDF options through the Print command, much like choosing a printer. Adobe PDF and Primo PDF are two options that often come bundled with Microsoft Word, but the print settings must be correct to output print-ready PDFs. For Primo PDF output, the PDF Creation Profile must be set to Prepress. The Adobe PDF Preset or Settings can be set to Press Quality.

If these options are not available, we typically recommend PDF995 software for conversion from Word to PDF. It’s available for free (with ads) from and the 2-Step Download available at the top of the page is what’s needed to convert Word files. Once installed, this software is also accessed through the print command and can be used with the default settings.

We do not recommend submitting JPEG or PNG image formats for covers. Covers created in Photoshop should be submitted as the native layered files; flattening Photoshop files rasterizes text, reducing font clarity.

How should covers be set up?

Once the page count, page size, binding style and paper stock are determined, your Customer Service Representative can provide the appropriate cover layout template.

Spine widths for perfect bound books are calculated by rounding the bulk (page count divided by two, multiplied by paper stock caliper) to the nearest 1/16″, and then adding the caliper of the cover stock multiplied by two and adding 0.005″ for glue thickness.

Spine width calculations for other binding types involve more variables, so we recommend you request a layout template from your Customer Service Representative.

What is bleed and how should it be built into a file?

If any type, artwork, or background color is intended to print right up to the outer edge of a page, it must be built so it extends, or bleeds, past the final trim of the book pages. While this bleed area eventually gets trimmed off, it ensures no unprinted white gaps occur along the outer edges in the final trimmed document.

If PDFs are built to include any printers marks, like crop marks, for instance, these must be set back at least 0.125″ so they do not overlap the printing bleed area (although we recommend 0.1667″ for a little more wiggle room).

What are setback margins and how should they be built into a file?

Any type, artwork or background color not intended to print right up to the outer edge of a page should be pulled back at least 0.1875 inch. Just as the jog in the binder makes it necessary to add bleed, the set-back margin prevents elements close to the edge from being truncated.

The wider the setback margin, the less noticeable the slight variation in this margin will be from page to page and from book to book.

Is bleed required along the gutter margin?

Bleed is not required along the gutter margin of interior text pages, but it is often more convenient to include it.

Most layout imposition software, like InDesign, include gutter bleed by default for facing pages. This sliver of bleed is included to show how the adjoining page content lines up across the gutter. While this may look odd and create concern, the pages will print as intended.

If the interior text is set up as single pages (as opposed to facing pages), it’s best to have an equal bleed area along all margins so the pages can simply be centered when we impose them for proofing or printing.

How should spread images be set up in single page format?

When set up as facing pages, most imposition software allow for spread images to be placed once across adjoining pages. No offset of spread images across the gutter is required for any binding type except Moffett side sewn binding.

Moffett side sewn binding requires pages to be sewn 0.25 inch from the gutter when bound. Accordingly, all page content within 0.25 inch of the gutter will be hidden in the binding in the final book. Spread images must be offset 0.25 inch away from the gutter for each page for the image to be continuous across adjoining pages.

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Credit Card

We accept American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. We add a convenience fee of 3% to all transactions paid by credit card. If you choose to pay by credit card, you will need to complete the following online payment submission The 3% transaction expense is not something we account for in our standard pricing – we prefer to give you the option to pay for only those services you wish to utilize. Please contact your Account Representative with questions regarding the credit card submission process.

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Wire Transfers & ACH Deposits

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Sales Tax Exemption

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Credit & Payment Questions?

Questions regarding credit authorization and payments can be directed by your Account Representative or CJK Group Credit Department [email protected]