If you’re new to self-publishing, then you might be curious as to what I mean by 1-Click Book Creation Trim Sizes. Well, a trim size is the size of the book after it’s been printed out, cut, and bound – it’s what you hold in your hand when you start reading a book.
Before I move onto what trim sizes 1-Click Book Creation has built-in, a little about why I created the app…
After many months of wracking my brains trying to think of an idea to create something useful. for writers, I released my first piece of writing software a couple of weeks ago. It was only 8 months in the making (can you see the tongue-in-cheek there?] and is something I’m particularly proud of. I called it
After many months of wracking my brains trying to think of an idea to create something useful for writers, I released my first piece of writing software a couple of weeks ago. It was only 8 months in the making (can you see the tongue-in-cheek there?] and is something I’m particularly proud of. I called it 1-Click Book Creation.
In line with the principal functionality, I called it 1-Click Book Creation, because once you’ve entered all your book information – including your trim size – into the Microsoft Word form, you click the button and your book is created in Microsoft Word.
It’s a Word macro-enabled document [template] and comes in 2 versions: the first being the 1-Click Book Creation Kindle version which, unsurprisingly, allows you to create Kindle books using MS Word; and, the second being the 1-Click Book Creation Professional version, which allows you to create 18 different trim sizes using Word. These are the 16 trim sizes that CreateSpace uses, as well as a couple more that are used by other self-publishing companies, such as Lulu and Lightning Source (but which CreateSpace does not use).
Kindle Page Size
The Kindle trim size is purely an arbitrary figure which was chosen as it most closely resembles the Kindle device size. But, as the reader can resize the font size on their devices, then the actual page size in Word is irrelevant. Indeed, you could write it on any page size you like, but it’s the output that matters; and, though you can upload your Word document to KDP directly, I can’t comment on how good (or not) that is, as there are so many ways you can arrive at a ‘destination’ in Word.
Two examples that spring to mind are spacing and indenting. There are a number of ways this can be achieved, but if you don’t do it correctly, then it is going to look poor on the Kindle device – no two ways about it. I’ll talk more about this in another post.
1-Click Book Creation Trim Sizes
The trim sizes available in the 1-Click Book Creation Professional version are:
- 5” x 8”
- 5.06” x 7.81”
- 5.25” x 8”
- 5.5” x 8.5”
- 5.83” x 8.27”
- 6” x 9
- 6.14” x 9.21”
- 6.69” x 9.61”
- 7” x 10”
- 7.44” x 9.69”
- 7.5” x 9.25”
- 8” x 10“
- 8.25” x 6”
- 8.25” x 8.25”
- 8.25” x 11”
- 8.268” x 11.693”
- 8.5” x 8.5”
- 8.5” x 11”
- (plus Kindle, as above).
You can see the 1-Click Book Creation Professional version in action here:
The 1-Click Book Creation Professional version also has a Kindle export function whereby you can click a button on the custom menu bar and your book is saved with a new name [before any conversion takes place], and then the conversion takes place:
- Font style is changed
- Headers and footers are removed
- Your Table of Contents is changed to remove page numbers, etc.
A number of other functions oautomatically and then your book is saved as web-filtered html.
I talk about this entire process in my book How to Publish Your Book on CreateSpace and Kindle: Easy Publishing with Word 2007, 2010, and 2013, which is available as as a free bonus (pdf version), or from Amazon (click here).
This just covers the surface of what you get with the software, click here to check 1-Click Book Creation out.