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What are your standard turn-around times?

Standard time is 3-4 weeks for perfect bound books and 5-6 weeks for case-bound books. However, if circumstances require faster delivery, we can accommodate. Please be sure to speak with your Sales/Customer Service Representative.

What are your standard trim sizes?

Standard 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 for offset printing. 20 for digital printing.

What binding options are available?

Binding may be perfect bound, layflat, saddle stitch, spiral, wire-o (regular wire-o or semi-concealed), plastic coil, or case bound (adhesive, side sewn, smythe sewn, thread seal). See examples of our binding options here.

Do you do all your binding in-house?

Yes. It allows us better quality control, faster turn around and a lower final price.

What are your standard payment terms?

Generally, first-time customers are set up with 50% down and balance before shipping.

Is my book an economical "fit" for Bang Printing?

Bang Printing specializes in so many types of books, but our main niche is 1 or 2 color text web runs (500-100,000) and short run 4c text (500-10,000) runs. We offer virtually all bindings in house and all covers are produced sheet fed.

Will you do drop shipments?

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

What cover options do I have?

8, 10, or 12 point weight with varnish (the least durable), aqueous, UV coating, or layflat film lamination in gloss or matte. Also, spot finishes, foil stamping, and embossing are available upon request at additional cost.

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 that is 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 are used for. The website can be found at:

Where do I go to get an ISBN number for my book?

An ISBN number can be obtained at They have very detailed instructions on the application process and filling out the required form.

Once I've obtained my ISBN number, where do I get a bar code?

It is very quick and easy to order a bar code online. There is a list of some of the companies that provide this service at When you order your barcode, it is best to order it as a digital file (rather than film). It does not matter if it is PC or Mac format, but it should be a .eps file with all fonts converted to outlines. You can have it e-mailed directly to us from the barcode company. Just give them your Bang Printing salesperson's e-mail address and tell them to put your book title in the subject line when it is sent to us. They may ask you what our dot gain is when you order your barcode. It is 18% - 20%, which is standard with most printers.

How wide should my margins be?

There is not really a standard for margin widths. It varies, depending on the style of the book and personal preference. We do not recommend ever having anything print any closer to the final trim than 1/4" unless it is meant to bleed off the edge. Usually a 6" x 9" or 7" x 10" book looks best 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 are 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 is your policy on overs and unders?

We follow industry standard which is ± 10% of quantity ordered. This allows for manufacturing process.

What are the signature breaks?

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

What is the minimum and maximum spine width?

Our spine widths range from 1/8 up to 2-1/4 inches for perfect bound books or book blocks.

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 that are built exactly to our specifications for covers and other printing segments (e.g., inserts, endsheets), but it is often best if these are supplied as the native application files. We often need to tweak a spine dimension, adjust hinges, flush out bleeds, etc., and these modifications are more seamlessly done in the native files. We are 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 is available for free (with ads) from The "2-Step Download" available at the top of this Web page is what is 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 we can provide the appropriate cover layout template. Please contact your Customer Service Representative when you narrow down your book specifications; we can provide templates for several different options.

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 the glue thickness.

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

How should electronic files be submitted?

However it is most convenient for you. We have FTP folders available for large files.  You may contact your Customer Service Representative to receive a user name and password.

Otherwise, from sending discs or thumb drives through the mail to using one of the many online file-sharing services, your preferred method will likely work for us.

Please note the use of Dropbox shared folders is not practical for us to access customer files. Files can be shared by placing them into the Dropbox Public folder, and then either right-click or control-click on the file and select "Copy Public Link". Pasting that link address into an e-mail will allow us to download the file directly.

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 to the outer edge of a page it must actually 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 are output to include any printers marks, like crop marks for instance, then 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 set-back margins and how should they be built into a file?

Any type, artwork, or background color that is 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 is 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.