Submitting your cover press-ready gives you complete design control. Use your own artistic talent or have work done for hire. Your digital file may be created on a Macintosh® or PC platform.
We define press-ready as: a digital cover which requires no additional typesetting or alterations. The cover should be ready to print. The quality of the printed piece will depend on the quality of the press-ready material provided. Laser copies, paper plates, color printouts, or paste-ups are NOT considered press-ready material. If this material is submitted, the cover will be recreated as closely as possible for an extra charge.
For cover specifications, download Submitting a Press-Ready Cover (PDF 598 kb). If you are publishing a children's hardcover book, download our Press-Ready Hardcover Guide (PDF 858 kb) for cover specifications.
We accept covers created on a Macintosh® or PC platform. Send your cover on a CD or use our online Cover Upload Tool. Cover must be designed with QuarkXPress®, Adobe Illustrator®, Adobe Photoshop®, or converted to a PDF file. Submit a matching hard copy with your order so we can verify content.
If your book requires a bar code, placement is usually in the bottom right corner of the back cover. The bar code must be printed in black ink on a white background area. For an extra charge, we can create a bar code and drop it into position as long as a white area has been reserved for it. See individual templates for placement. Note: An ISBN is required to create a bar code. Review Technical Details for more information on ISBN and bar codes.