File Setup and Creation

How should I prepare my book file for Lulu xPress?
Lulu xPress prints books from two files: a single multi-page PDF for your interior and a single-page PDF for your cover. Our system creates your book based ...
Mon, 19 Oct, 2020 at 12:27 PM
What programs can I use to create my PDFs?
Almost all word processing and design programs allow for PDF creation. We recommend the following: Adobe Acrobat – Allows you to easily create, edit, rear...
Mon, 19 Oct, 2020 at 12:28 PM
How should I prepare my interior PDF for my book?
Different software creates PDFs slightly differently. Since we don’t all use the same programs, use these best practices to make a PDF Lulu xPress can easil...
Mon, 19 Oct, 2020 at 12:28 PM
How should I prepare my cover PDF for my book?
Like the interior PDF, the software used to generate files can vary. Stick with the same best practices listed for the interior: All cover PDFs should be ...
Mon, 19 Oct, 2020 at 12:29 PM
Can I have a template for the book’s interior file?
You absolutely can! We recommend using the templates we’ve created for common layout and design software. Navigate over to the Product & Shipping page t...
Mon, 19 Oct, 2020 at 12:29 PM
What is bleed?
"Bleed" is a publishing industry term used to define printing that goes beyond the edge of where the sheet will be trimmed. The “bleed” is the are...
Mon, 19 Oct, 2020 at 12:40 PM
What is a safety margin?
Safety margin refers to a recommended area between the final trim size and the content in the formatted file. All pages are trimmed to size, making it criti...
Mon, 19 Oct, 2020 at 12:30 PM
What is the gutter?
The “gutter” is a typographical term referring to an additional margin added to interior pages to compensate for the part of the page made unusable by the b...
Mon, 19 Oct, 2020 at 12:36 PM
How is spine width calculated?
For Saddle Stitch and Coil Softcovers: There is no spine for these binding types. For Perfect Softcovers: (Page Count / 444) + 0.06 = Spine Width in inche...
Mon, 19 Oct, 2020 at 12:38 PM
Which side of the flat cover file is the front?
A properly formatted cover file will have the back cover on the left, the spine in the middle, and the front cover aligned on the right side.
Mon, 19 Oct, 2020 at 12:40 PM