Frequently asked questions

Who owns my book?

You do. You are the publisher of your book, not GoodBooks Publishing. GoodBooks simply works with you to get your book produced.

You own your book 100%. This includes copyright, all copies, all rights to the book and its content. The book is registered in your name, and will be published under your name or your company/business name. To that end, ISBN, CIP data and barcodes are registered in the client’s name, so you have full control of your book.

How much does it cost to produce a book?

See our rates page.

Please note: Design costs are separate from printing costs. Printing costs vary on the supplier you choose (conventional printer vs print on demand printer), word count, final page size, and the number of copies desired.

Do I have to order all your services to get my book designed?

GoodBooks can work with your book at any point; you can pick and choose whichever of our services you want.

Are there standard book sizes?

Standard book sizes are 8.5 x 5.5 inches, 8.5 x 11 inches and 6 x 9 inches. Think of the 8.5 x 11 as your usual size of paper. When folded in half; it gives 8.5 x 5.5. When printers use sizes like 6 x 9, an extra cost is incurred as they have to trim the paper, which means extra labour, leading to an extra cost and a more expensive book.

Can I format my book in Microsoft Word?

The preferred software for producing a book is desktop publishing software like eitherĀ  Quark Xpress, or Adobe InDesign. Both are designed to work with printer specifications.

A note regarding Microsoft Word. You cannot create layout with Microsoft Word; it’s designed for word processing, not book design. However, it is great for inputting text, checking for spelling and style of your text.


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