Miscellaneous Formats and Options


Perforated interiors are produced with a tiny line of perforation that allows for pages to easily be removed from the book. Perforations are available in Color (50# only) in limited trim sizes. Perforation carries an additional charge per page printed.

At this time, perforated titles are not eligible for sale through traditional distribution channels. Titles with perforated pages may only be ordered directly through publishers’ accounts.

Additional Perforation Requirements:
(only available in Color 50# for 6 x 9, 7 x 10, 7.5 x 9.25, 8 x 10, 8.5 x 11)
Inside Margin: Recommended minimum 1” (25 mm)
Margins: Recommended minimum 0.5” (13mm) on outer 3 edges

(Perforation of interior pages is available for Color perfect bound products in limited sizes. Within a publisher’s designated title, the…perforation line would be placed 0.5 inches (12.7 mm) from the binding edge, positioned parallel to the spine, and applied to all pages of an interior.)


Laminate Type
Lightning Source offers two types of laminate coating for book covers and dust jackets.

• Gloss -  reflective and enhances vibrant colors 
• Matte - muted finish that softens colors and makes type-heavy covers easier to read


Landscape Orientation

We offer an 11 x 8.5 trim size for Premium Color in both paperback and hardcover formats. 


Custom Trim Sizes

We do offer to print a non-standard trim size on paperback only.


• Any trim size between 4”x6” (152mm x 102mm) and 8.25”x11” (280mm x 210mm)
• All paper types, including groundwood*
• All Lightning Source facilities: U.S., U.K., and AU

For further information, please contact your Lightning Source representative or support team.


Spine Text 
Printed spine text is only available for hardcover Digital Cloth books. Digital cloth books are available in either blue or grey.
Up to 42 characters may be used on the spine in the following order and must not exceed the following number of characters per field:
• LEFT: 12 characters
• CENTER: 26 characters
• RIGHT: 12 characters
If the number of characters allowed per field is exceeded, the text will overlap on the printed book.
The available characters include 26 uppercase and lowercase English-alpha letters, numerals 1-10, space, period, comma, hyphen, quote, apostrophe, and the two parentheses.
Please type the text exactly as it should appear on the finished book.
Spine text may match or be different from the title and contributor information entered under the title information for the book.

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