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message 1: by Eldon (new)

Eldon Farrell | 285 comments I'm trying to get a concensus on what the correct margins should be for a 6x9 book?

What margin settings do you use? How do you place headers and footers? Do you use the bleed setting?


message 2: by D.J. (new)

D.J. Cooper | 1028 comments I just used what the KDP template from Amazon had set.


message 3: by Dale (new)

Dale Lehman (dalelehman) | 1764 comments "For bound books 6"x 9" (15cm x 23cm) or smaller, use 0.5" (1.27cm) margins on the top, outside and bottom of books, and a 0.75" (1.91cm) inside margin."

From https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Basic_B....

The inside margin needs to be larger to accommodate binding. I'd have to check with my wife, but I believe any headers and footers should be inside these margins, with extra space (maybe 0.25", but I'm not sure) between them and the page content.

You can use a 0.25" bleed if you want, but I don't believe it's necessary for pages with only text. Bleeds become important when you have graphics that run to the trim line (edge of the page). Images should extend beyond the trim to accommodate small errors in the cutting process; that's what the bleed is for.


message 4: by Eldon (new)

Eldon Farrell | 285 comments Dale wrote: ""For bound books 6"x 9" (15cm x 23cm) or smaller, use 0.5" (1.27cm) margins on the top, outside and bottom of books, and a 0.75" (1.91cm) inside margin."

From https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Basic_B..."


Great info Dale! Thanks for sharing :)


message 5: by Dale (new)

Dale Lehman (dalelehman) | 1764 comments My pleasure!


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