Saturday, November 23, 2019


For picture book/book creators, this post blew me away...thank you John Shelley ( for this incredibly helpful post regarding signatures and how books are printed, and why there are certain page counts for picture books.

Number of Pages

Picture books are constructed from signatures. Pages are laid out and printed together on large sheets, which are cut in half (giving 4 sides), then half again (8 sides), then folded, making a bundle of 16 pages called a “signature”. Many picture books consist of two signatures sewn together, resulting in a 32 page book. It's the most common format, and as common is generally easier to produce, it's best to submit dummies with a 32 page plan. However for slightly extra cost an extra half sheet (8 pages) can be added, making 40 page (2.5 signature) and 24 page (1.5 signature) books. Three signatures would create a 48 page book, four a 64 pager and so on. Even more confusingly, on rare occasions sheets are removed too - my last book in Japan, a version of Jack and the Beanstalk, is an irregular 44 page separate ended book - that's three signatures with one sheet (4 pages) replaced by separate endpapers. 

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. It almost makes me feel like stitching together a book. I received your "The Buddy Bench". It's adorable! Good job! I like the story too :)


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