Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have colored inserts in my book, do I need to save them as a separate file?
A: Yes, because we need to print the inserts on a different machine that requires a seperate file and it is less expensive for you if you do it. You will want to make sure it is clear when you send in your order exactly where the inserts are to go.
Q: Do you require us to have an ISBN number in order to print my book?
A: No. As a printer it has no impact on us, so it is strictly up to the author/publisher. The ISBN number is mostly used by book stores and is not a requirement of most printers.
Q: Do I need to include all fonts and graphics that are being utilized when sending my digital files to 360 Digital books?
A: Yes. When sending digital files in any format other than PDF, all fonts and graphics must be included.
Q: At what Dots Per Inch (DPI) do graphics and illustrations need to be?
A: At least 300 dpi for grayscale and at least 600 dpi for bitmap line images.
Q: How do I calculate the spine for my cover?
A: We have interactive PDF's to make this calculation effortless. Click Here for the interactive PDF's. The formula to calculate the spine manually is: The number of pages, divided by the PPI, plus .034, equals the spine width.
Example: 300 pages of 50# paper
(300/513 ppi) + .034 = .619
Q: At what distance do my text margins need to be set?
A: Margins vary from book to book, but generally a half inch on every side and an extra quarter inch for the binding edge is a safe distance.
Q: What is the maximum size 360 Digital Books can print?
A: 14.33" x 20.5" is the maximum sheet size we can print on. This means that the maximum trim size for a perfect bound book is 9 x 12, with the text bulk being no more than 1.5" thick. Case bound books can be as large as 10 x 13.
Q: What is a PDF file?
A: PDF stands for Portable Document Format. This is the preferred format for most printers to print from. A PDF is a format that allows a document to be opened and printed by a Mac or a PC without changing the appearance of the document. When creating a PDF it is important to make sure that all fonts are embedded.
Q: What does embedding fonts mean?
A: Embedding means that the fonts are contained within the file and do not need to be sent as separate files. This is done when the PDF is created.
Q: What if all I have is a hard copy of my book and I do not have it in an electronic file format?
A:We can scan existing text and covers. However, during the process of scanning a book, the cover and binding are destroyed. The final quality of the books that are subsequently printed is directly influenced by the quality of the original. There will be a degradation in quality in some cases (ie. photographs) due to the processes of scanning.
Q: Will the color of my printed cover from 360 be exactly the same on my monitor or the same as a cover I print?
A: The printed cover should be simular to that of your monitor or printer but it will not be exactaly alike.
Displays (monitors) use a different imaging (RGB) technology to display colors and characters. Desk top printers use different chemicals and can have different resolutions (CMYK).
We make every effort to match what is sent to us. If you are concerned about this we suggest that you request a printed cover proof prior to printing your order.