Preparing Book Interior

Specifications for file submissions

File Formats

Submission in PDF format is best, but other convenient formats are accepted as well.

Accepting formats include:

  • PDF (preferred format)
  • Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx)
  • Openoffice.org document (.odt)
  • Staroffice document (.sxw)

It is better to submit your book in the PDF format. Especially if your book includes lots of images in the interior, or is layout-heavy, or uses non-standard fonts, or is in an Indian language, its better that you convert to pdf yourself and confirm that the layout is good. You can use Adobe PDF Writer for this purpose. Several free tools are also available which you can use, for example cutepdf.

If you are using a program other than Microsoft Office, Openoffice.org or Staroffice to typeset your book, please convert it to pdf before submitting.

Please ensure that all fonts are embedded in your PDF file, and all images are flattened before submission.

The colorspace of the file should be either Grayscale or CMYK.

Pothi.com does not make any content changes or additions to the files submitted for publishing. So, make sure that anything you might want printed on the book is included in the file, even the blank pages where needed.

Page Size and Margins

The page size of the file submitted should be the same in which you want it printed. If you have just finished writing your book in a word processor, most likely the page size in A4 or letter. You need to change that to the the size in which desired print size. Check the standard sizes supported below.

Minimum 0.6" margin should be there around the content on all pages. If you are setting gutter, then minimum margin of 0.5" with 0.25" gutter would work.

Margins only
Margin: 0.6"
Content
Margin: 0.6"
Content
Using gutter & margins
Margin: 0.5"
Content
Gutter: 0.25"
Gutter: 0.25"
Margin: 0.5"
Content

Please note that two pages are shown side-by-side above to demonstrate margin and gutter. The submitted file should not have two pages of the book one page of the PDF. One page of the PDF should correspond to exactly one page of the book.

Standard Fonts

If you are submitting your files in a non-pdf format, please restrict the fonts used to the following standard fonts. Any other fonts used may not appear correctly in the printed file and may actually spoil the appearance. If you are submitting pdf files, please embed all fonts used in the file.

List of standard fonts

  • Arial
  • Arial Unicode
  • Baskerville Old Face
  • Calibri
  • Century Schoolbook
  • Comic Sans MS
  • Courier
  • Georgia
  • Mangal
  • Palatino Linotype
  • Times New Roman
  • Verdana