Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Inspiration

Cool idea from my local Timmie’s

So, here are some library oriented measures:

Within 2 metres (6.5 feet), there is room for:

  • 8.6 regular books of average height end-to-end (cover up of course!)
  • 13 regular books of average width end-to-end (cover up of course!)
  • 6.87 paperbacks of standard height end-to-end (cover up of course!)
  • 11.35 paperbacks of standard width end-to-end (cover up of course!)

And, at an average of 250 words per page (500 double-sided), standing two metres apart is really:

  • 40,000 words apart!

Someone might be able to do a neat display to make this visual (send a picture!).

References:

The standard book size is six inches wide and nine inches tall (6″x 9″). Your book will probably be cheapest to print, easiest to read, and easiest to sell (e.g., it’ll fit on bookstore shelves) in this size. Larger books are harder to hold, carry, or put on a shelf.

What is the standard size of a hardcover book?
Hardcover: Ranges from 6 in x 9 in to 8.5 in x 11 in

Hardcover (or hardbacksizes vary widely in the US, but generally the size of these books tends to fall somewhere between 6 x 9 in and 8.5 x 11 in.

What are standard book sizes?
For your reference, the standard book sizes in inches are:
  • Fiction: 4.25 x 6.87, 5 x 8, 5.25 x 8, 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9.
  • Novella: 5 x 8.
  • Children’s: 7.5 x 7.5, 7 x 10, 10 x 8.
  • Textbooks: 6 x 9, 7 x 10, 8.5 x 11.
  • Non-fiction: 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9, 7 x 10″
  • Memoir: 5.25 x 8, 5.5 x 8.5.
  • Photography: Whatever you see fit!
How many pages is 50000 words?
As a publisher who has laid out dozens of books for printing—a 50,000 word manuscript should end up somewhere between 180 and 220 pages. The typical book’s words-per-page count tends to range between 225 and 275—an average of 250.

“The Most Popular Standard Book Sizes in the US and UK

standard book sizes usa uk trade fiction self-publishing

 



Standard book size self-publishing usa pocket book fiction

 

  


Standard book size self-publishing usa trade digest fiction

 


Standard book size self-publishing usa US trade fiction

 

 


Standard book size self-publishing usa hardcover fiction

 



Standard book size self-publishing uk a format fiction

 

 


Standard book size self-publishing uk b format fiction

 

 


Standard book size self-publishing uk demy fiction

 

 


Standard book size self-publishing uk royal fiction

 

 

 

“SPINE THICKNESS GUIDE

If you are designing your own cover you will find the following guide to spine thickness helpful

https://printabook.co.nz/page/page-margins-spine-thickness

Number of sheets (leaves) of paper Standard 80gsm paper 100gsm paper
One leaf of paper = 2 pages Thickness of spine in mm Thickness of spine in mm
50 5 5.5
75 7.5 8
100 10 10.5
125 13 13.5
150 15.5 16.5
175 18 19
200 20.5 21
225 23 24
250 25 27
275 28 30
300 31 32
325 33.5 35
350 36 38