We have been assigned the task of taking a mock picture to use as an example for our final dust jacket image.  This is for the purposes of getting used to the guides, format and layout sizes for our final piece.

In researching the different book sizes I have found that the size generally coincides with the quality of the book.  Below is a chart displaying these sizes and a chart below that displaying the various B Formats:

Name Imperial (inches approx) Metric (mm)
Demy 9 x 6 229 x 152
Royal 1/4 x 7 1/2 235 x 191
Crown Royal 11 x 8 1/4 280 x 210
Classic hardback or C format paperback 3/4  x 5 5/8 222 x 143
‘Trade’ paperback or B format 8 x 5 1/4 198 x 129
A format 7/8 x 4 1/4 175 x 111
Size Height x Width (mm) Height x Width (in)
B0 1414 x 1000 mm 55.7 x 39.4 in
B1 1000 x 707 mm 39.4 x 27.8 in
B2 707 x 500 mm 27.8 x 19.7 in
B3 500 x 353 mm 19.7 x 13.9 in
B4 353 x 250 mm 13.9 x 9.8 in
B5 250 x 176 mm 9.8 x 6.9 in
B6 176 x 125 mm 6.9 x 4.9 in
B7 125 x 88 mm 4.9 x. 3.5 in
B8 88 x 62 mm 3.5 x 2.4 in
B9 62 x 44 mm 2.4 x 1.7 in
B10 44 x 31 mm 1.7 x 1.2 in

The B-format, measuring 198x129mm seems to be the format of choice for mid-range, standard supermarket to book shop favourite, appealing to the ‘every-so-often’ reader to the budding book worm, which is most probably why we are sticking to these guides for our module.

This is the mock photo I have incorporated into the guides, slightly manipulated with photoshop, using ‘curves’ and ‘layers’:

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