Grow Your Spine

If you are designing your own cover, you will find our spine calculator helpful in determing the size of your cover spine.


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Spine Width Calculator

How do I know how wide the spine will be? There’s a simple formula which determines that width. Just take the number of pages in your book and divide that figure by your text paper’s PPI (Pages Per Inch). Where do you get the PPI? It depends on what kind of paper you’re using and it usually appears on the printer’s estimate or quote. If for some reason it doesn’t appear there, ask the printer for it. Let’s say your book has 200 pages and you are printing it on a web press using a paper which has a PPI of 400. Then the width of your book’s spine will be 200 ÷ 400 or half an inch.