Page Layouts & Typesetting

Bookshop quality page layout & typesetting

With all our page layout you will receive commercial print ready PDF files, suitable for local printing, offshore printing and we can even arrange the epub and POD versions for uploading to online print on demand, and ebook sites.

These costs are as standardised as possible to make it easy for you to budget. However as all books (and authors) are unique we reserve the right to update the costs until we have seen the manuscript, images and brief.

Once you have gone to the effort of writing and creating your book – it really deserves to be presented in the best possible light. Everybody knows how important cover design is. The page layout is equally important and it serves three functions:

  1. convince ‘browsers’ that your book is of a high quality, and to purchase it
  2. make it a pleasure to read
  3. help with post purchase gratification, i.e. as they are reading they are still excited by their purchase

What goes into page layout?

Typesetting has many rules but is still an art. When you have your book typeset by a designer at BookPrint you can expect us to organise the front matter for you as required, possibly including a title page, copyright page, table of contents, dedication and foreword. You can also expect professional headers and footers with page numbers, author name, book name, and where appropriate chapter or section names. Every page of text will have manual kerning and other typography adjustments to ensure the block of text is even, flowing nicely, and there are no widows or orphans (an ugly short line of one or two words or characters).

Note: New Zealand customers please add GST (15%) to the costs

Text based books

Fiction/ nonfiction/ novels/ business/ memoirs for these books there is a setup cost, and then a per 1,000 words cost.

Pure text (ie novels). $200 setup + $9 per 1,000 words
Suitable for text heavy novels and memoirs. This package includes title page, copyright page, contents page, chapter styling, and typesetting with up to 3 body text paragraph styles. 
In-text images, graphics and diagrams cost an additional $7.50 each, and $4.50 each if they are on a page without text.
An additional paragraph style costs a setup cost of $50 each and an additional $1 per 1,000 words.

Complex text (ie business & personal development books). $450 setup + $18 per 1,000 words
Suitable for text-heavy nonfiction books such as textbooks, self-help, and business books. This package includes a title page, copyright, contents page, chapter styling, and typesetting with up to 6 body text paragraph styles.
In-text images, graphics, and diagrams cost an additional $7.50 each, or $4.50 each if they are on a page without text.
Tables and workbook style entries of lined spaces for writing in etc may incur an additional cost. 

Custom ornaments for chapter headings or section breaks can be commissioned for $140, otherwise, we can use royalty-free ornaments suited to your book. 

Image based books

Typically for Coffee table, look books, recipe books, and other similar books that rely on images and design to fulfill their purpose. For these books, there is a setup cost and then a per-page cost. We will first roughly design several concepts, this entails designing two spreads; one with a chapter start, and one with standard content. After you are thrilled with this we then move through the book page by page following the agreed-upon aesthetic style. After completion of the book, you receive a printed copy of the full book (unbound) for further feedback and revision.

Simple Image Books. $500 setup + $10 per page
Suitable for photo books, or any image-heavy book, with minimal words. It includes a title page, copyright page, contents page, chapter styling, and typesetting with up to 4 paragraph styles and 3 different page styles. 

Complex Image Books. $1,750 setup + $15 per page
Suitable for recipe books and image-heavy business or textbooks. It includes a title page, copyright page, contents page, chapter styling, and typesetting with up to 10 paragraph styles and 6 different page styles.

Children’s books

Children’s  Books #1. $200 setup + $10 per page
Illustrated children’s books. This package includes placement of text with images, it allows for title page, copyright page, font styling with up to two paragraph styles. 

Children’s  Books #2. $400 setup + $20 per page
Illustrated children’s books. This package includes placement of text with images, it allows for title page, copyright page, font styling with up to 5 paragraph styles. This is the option if you want to pay for more stylised word placement, and fun interaction with the words and illustrations. 

Epub and POD books add on

These prices are additional to using our page layout and typesetting services. We are happy to help reformat a book designed elsewhere but do need to see the files before we can commit to a price for conversion. Be in touch if you have any questions about the process of getting your book into the international market as we are happy to help. 

Epub Reflowable – $150
Convert a ready to print book file into a reflowable .epub and make a suitable jpeg front cover for online ebook sales. I can make an epub version for a single platform (ie. Amazon KDP) for $150, and subsequent platforms (ie. Ingram Spark, etc) for an additional $45. 

Epub Fixed Layout – $150 + $3 per page
Convert a completed book into a fixed-layout PDF and make a suitable jpeg front cover for online ebook sales. An additional cost of $65 applies for additional platforms. 

POD File for Online Platforms – $65
Convert a completed manuscript and cover file into suitable print files for an online POD site (ie. Amazon or Ingram Spark, print on demand)

Money Back Guarantee

Typesetting and book design packages include a full money-back guarantee through to when you have approved the final concept.

Typically at the final concept approval stage, you are seeing the finished ‘style’ as applied to a single chapter and a representative sample of other pages. After your approval, we then begin the slow process of applying the style perfectly page by page, paragraph by paragraph, word by word, throughout the book.

Get your book on its way.