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Color Soft Cover Design
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Cover art files can be submitted in Adobe Photoshop formats or PDF. All cover layouts should be high resolution - preferably 300-600 dpi or better. The size of the book, and the interior margins will determine the best overall size.

Reporting Live: Articles and Letters from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, by Lyndon N. Irwin PH.D., 2008If there is no bleed on the cover layout, the layout size should exactly reflect the size of the book. For instance a 6x9" book with enough pages to require a 1" margin would produce a cover file of 13x9". The actual size of the published book would be slightly smaller because after the book is produced, it is trimmed top, bottom and binding margin to achieve a clean look.

If your layout contains elements that bleed off the edge of the layout, your measurements should be no more than .25" larger than the book finish size - 13.25x9.25" for a finished 6x9x1" (wide x tall x thick). This is to accommodate any register error before trim, as well as insure no white trim around edge of cover.

A DeMoney-DeMonia Family De Moneia, Monet, Money, Monnet, LeMonie From France to America A. D. 1130-1981 Volume 1, by Montez Demonia Jones, 2016 reprintOur office staff will work with you - many times at no extra charge on basic cover (one color or b/w) design. If the design process is looking to become a protracted process, fees can be as low as $25.00 for graphic design. If contract design is needed, Gregath fees are $20.00 an hour/$25.00 minimum.

Lincks Truncks and BranchesThe design process begins when the author provides the basis for the cover. This can be an itemized list, or as little as text to include and general colors of feeling that should be evoked. The more latitude the staff has, the more likely that all graphic design will be no charge.

Once cover idea(s) are produced, a low resolution sample is placed online and a link sent to the author for review - such as or Staff and author continue to work toward a finalized cover.

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Some Settings/Layout/Format Information

Reproduction of the Oklahoma Extension Homemakers Golden Anniversary Cookbook 1935-1985, Oklahoma Extension Homemakers - 2014Color cover art files can be submitted in a variety of ways. For most bindings, we suggest either a single file that contains the entire cover (back, spine, and front), or for component files (back, spine, front, background-if a bleed is needed). Many softbound options do not have a spine component. Because of this, bindings such as side stitch and comb will need individual files for front and back cover only. If supplying full file(s) that no additional work is needed on, there will be no additional fees associated with the cover, provided you are publishing at least 25-75 quantity. If publishing fewer than 25-75, a set up charge will apply. If supplying component files, or a list on instructions, the minimum service fee is $25.00, and additional hours are billed at $20.00, per.

If attempting your own graphic design, please keep this information in mind:

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A note to you from Gregath Company, Inc.

One item that remains constant with our books, regardless of binding type, that needs to be highlighted when discussing softbound or "paperback" books is the paper quality.  Many people equate softbound books with the paperbacks (perfect binding) with newsprint weight paper they buy at the bookstore. We feel that a book that is published deserves good quality, durable paper. Therefore, the standard paper used (8½x11" 50/60 lb. acid free book stock) is the same for hardbound or softbound books.  While you may save a little initially by using newsprint, the book will not stand the test of time. The question then becomes, "Did I really save anything?"  Increasingly, if this economic question is answered by "save as much as possible", we suggest choosing to publish electronically, or use electronic publication to support (free or for profit) your printed publication.

Other Color links for reference:
Color Work
Color Book Pages

Color HB Cover Files

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All cover services are available as part of a complete publishing package and POD (small quantity charges may apply), as well as binding or graphic design only.

Note: All full color bound books shown on this page were printed and/or published by Gregath Company, Inc.  Not all books are available for purchase through this publisher.

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