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Margins...
 
A margin is defined as a deliberately unprinted space on a page, surrounding a block of text or 'print surface.'
Headers, footers and page numbers are considered part of the print surface, rather than part of the margin. Margins play an important role in the readability and aesthetics of a book. An adequate margin is also needed to allow for proper trimming and binding of the book.
Determing what the margins should be?
The best way to decide what your margins should be, is to browse various books and mimic the ones that are most pleasing to you. There should be enough white space around the printed area so that the words don't look crowded. You'll also want to consider how the margins affect your page count.

Minimum Margins?
We require a ½" inch minimum margin for bound galleys, uncorrected page proofs, and ultra short runs. We require a ¼" inch minimum margin for short runs.

To Ceneter Text block on page
If you want the print surface to look centered on the page, we suggest that you make the bind margin 1/8" of an inch larger than the outside margin.

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