Book Templates By Lulu

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We got two major objectives to cover today. First, we’ll take a look at Lulu’s new book templates. And second, we’ll get into how to actually use these templates while formatting your book.

Ready? Get yourself a cup of coffee (or tea or whatever your preferred beverage might be) and buckle up. Here we go.

Why Book Templates?

Anyone who has published a book knows there is a world of difference between a finished manuscript and a book file ready for printing. For one, the manuscript is usually all text in a Word file or something similar. But we all know books are more than just the text in between the pages. 

Even the amount of white space on the page is part of how the file is styled. But that’s more of a design element. As a printer and resource for your file creation, Lulu can’t decide exactly how much space to leave (we can offer some best practices though). 

What we can offer you is a file with the exact size we require and our minimums for recommended margins and trimming. A Lulu template will look (more or less) like this:

Looks pretty simple right? We include the measurements you’ll need, so you can just use our templates as a specification guide if you prefer. Or you can import the file into your layout software of choice, remove the measurements, and drop your content directly into the template!

The point that matters here is that you are not using a template to guide how you design the contents of your book. Some resources out there will try to tell you their templates will make creating a book easy. That’s mostly not true. A book’s contents are a lot of work to get right. What your printer can provide is a template that ensures your file meets printer specifications.

How To Use A Book Design Template

Okay, so if you’re a bit disappointed right now, I understand. I want to say we can help make laying out your book’s file easier. And we can. But only so much. When it comes to the font size, line spacing, how you position images, or what you put in the header; you’re on your own there.

So what, exactly, do you do with a book template? Basically, you’re ensuring that the overall size, margins, and trim (or bleed) will match the printer specifications. That’s it. 

As I mentioned, you can use the template directly by opening the file with your favorite page layout software (Lulu offers templates in PDF, DOCX, and INDD format). 

More Than Just a Book Template

I’ve attached all the template bundles Lulu offers at the bottom of this post. But don’t scroll yet! First I want to talk a little more about what we include in the bundle. It’s more than just a file with some measurements on it.

Here’s a look at the bundle for a US Letter (8.5 x 11 in). 

Formatting Guides

These two files include the detailed specifications for creating a PDF. That includes font embedding, image file sizing, and bleed requirements. If you decide not to use a template and opt to build your file from scratch, please please please refer to our PDF Creation Guide. We also include our spine width calculations so you can be sure your cover file is sized correctly too. 

More on cover templates below (spoiler, we provide those too!).

Adobe PDF Export Presets

Lulu’s Job Options file. You can apply this to your page layout software (not including Microsoft Word), then when you export your finished PDF, use the Job Options to apply Lulu’s preferred settings. For authors who make a lot of files or just like to streamline processes, the Job Options file is a nice bonus. And for an author with a complex file that might be causing errors, the Job Options is the best way to help your file move through our printer’s network.

Cover Templates

We add a folder with a cover template in multiple file types (INDD, PDF, PSD, and PNG) for each cover binding we can support in your book size. If you don’t see a cover option in the bundle, it means the book size you’ve selected doesn’t support that kind of cover.

These files are great for advanced creators, but we’ve got an even better option for novice creators. I’ll get to that next.

Interior Templates

And here are those templates that really matter. Sized for bleed and including detailed dimensions along with our recommended margins, the interior template will help you ensure your files will print perfectly.

That’s all they are. No magic trick to layout your book. Purely utilitarian.

Book Cover Templates Made To Order

Alright, I promised to come back to cover templates. If you’re a seasoned designer, the templates in our bundle along with the spine width guide are probably all you need. You’ll be able to create a front and back cover, then place a spine to specification between them. 

But if you aren’t well versed in page layout, Lulu can make a precise book cover template just for your book! Cool, right?

So what you do is, you create your interior file, get that done and reviewed. Then upload that file to Lulu. We’ll do our file check and give you the options about paper, ink, and cover style.

After that, we’ll know enough about your project (the page count, paper type, and cover style) to make a customized template with the exact right spine. Basically, we pair your interior to a unique spine prepared to meet your page count. No more figuring out your own spine!

That purple area is the spine and it’s sized based on the page count from the file I uploaded (84 pages) and the paperweight I selected (60#). No need to use any calculations, the spine is ready to go! 

We also include the barcode area to help you add your ISBN (if necessary).

Book Templates Versus Building Your Own

Okay, so if templates are really just the overall size and trim areas (broadly), then why use them?

Well, I’ve never seen a reputable publisher, printer, or service that charges you for a template. So that fact that that you can easily get free book templates is probably reason enough. Why do that extra work?

There isn’t a great reason not to use templates from your printer or publisher. I can only speak for Lulu, but we offer these templates not because our creators absolutely have to have them. Rather, access to templates just makes it easier for everyone. Authors can streamline designing their book. And Lulu’s print team can dodge numerous problems that might arise from doing your own sizing. 


Get Your Lulu Book Template Bundles

Using Lulu’s templates makes formatting your book easier than ever. Get started creating your book today with a Lulu template bundle.

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  3. These things are a pain in the ass to modify. Please try to make ones more suited towards fiction novels, and easier to edit. For example, add a simple PDF explaining HOW to set it up, what goes on what pages (recommended) and etc. The templates are just a pain now.

  4. Plastic Butterfly Va

    I am glad after reading that post. I was searching that topic from few days its increase my knowledge.

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  6. Alexander Duncan

    I am trying to assess the reasons for the changes in the header, footer, margin and gutter dimensions compared to the old template, which is still included in the zip files, and what the general opinion of them is compared to the old dimensions? If anybody has an opinion or knows of a review, Id like to hear of it at dollarability at gmaail dot com.

  7. Thank you for updating the templates. I have self published on another platform and I am getting ready to publish here. Templates always save time. Thank you again for the updates.

  8. What does ‘casewrap’ and ‘dust jacket’ mean?
    I usually use ‘perfect’.
    Whilst I would probably use this preformatting for my work, I can’t see any explanations of terminology here. That prevents me from using it.

  9. Dear Sir.Madam,
    I am interested in publishing my reworked thesis with Lulu but unsure of the costs involved nor the process involved. Can someone please guide me.
    Many thanks,
    Solomon

  10. Hi there,
    The provided links seem broken? Also it looks like these templates are for ms word. I’m using scrivener 2. Would you have those templates available?
    Many thanks!

  11. Hello,
    Could you help me? Every time I finish uploading my book a blank page is inserted.
    I revised several times and ended up always with a blank page inside my book.
    Thanks

  12. I have been searching for a place to print small hardcover pocket/purse sized books. And I see a template for a paperback cover pocket sized book, but not hard cover. I feel that paperback will bend and fold too easily in a pocket or purse. When do you believe this will be an option at Lulu? Many thank yous for your services to the self-publishing world!

  13. Hi..i am an AUTHOR published through LuLu.com. For the Christmas time coming I WOULD LOVE to do a smaller version of my Gothic Gates books series and do a HARD COVER VERSION in the small new template POCKET PURSE size you offer…
    any chance i can do these in HARDCOVER soon?
    HOLIDAY SALES would be perfect for stocking stuffers on this for my readers…thank you Roshandra warmly writing on

  14. After reading all these comments, I would prefer to have Lulu to adapt my manuscript to ebook so I do not have to work on these details. Gina

  15. Hi,
    I am starting to use your 8.25×10.75 in hardcover template.
    I inserted a word copy of my book.
    The question is,I have a few blank pages in the template. Will it be possible to delete these later for a contiguous flow?
    Thanks,
    Pete

  16. Dear Sir,
    I’d like to sell my ebooks in pdf format and I need a publisher to sign a contract for sale.
    If you qualify to do it please tell me the process .
    Ever blessings

  17. there is a MAJOR discrepancy in the page counts, from one size to the next, from your book format guides, to your “actual” list. please,please correct this. It says the size I want can be 32 pages, which is just a bit outside my length but is doable. But when I choose that size (A5,6×9, for example) they say 48 page minimum. Do not want to add content, this is a stand alone work,not looking to add anything to it. So which is right 32, or 48.

  18. Hello D. D. Stieben
    It sounds as if you are creating a Standard Paperback, which indeed has a higher minimum page count than the Premium paperback format.
    Thank you for bringing this discrepancy to my attention, I will update the templates to include min and max page counts for both paperback formats. Until then, you can view the min and max page counts on the book builder page.
    Again, I apologize for any confusion created by this oversight.

  19. Do you print non-English novels? like, Filipino, perhaps?
    Should I resize my manuscript first before uploading it?
    Do you have some discount for bulk-printing?

    Sorry, If I asked questions all at once.

    1. Hi Jan,
      We’ll print in any language you’d like! There are some limitations for distributing a book based on the language, but to print and sell copies on Lulu’s Bookstore, you can use any language.
      You will need to size your manuscript for the print size you want. When you upload your PDF, our system checks the page size and uses that to assign the size for your book. We’ve got lots of great resources on this blog and at help.lulu.com to help with correctly sizing and creating a PDF.
      And we do offer bulk discounting! We don’t have the official contact form up yet for our bulk specialist, but you can find the link to email or call on this page: lulu.com/retailers
      You can also use our pricing calculator to plan you book, see the print cost, and estimate shipping – using this tool will automatically apply our base discounts for ordering larger quantities.

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