Free ISBN at Barbossa Book Design

Get your free ISBN when you design and print your book at Barbossa Book Design. As if that didn’t make life easier enough, remember, we stand by our quotes as a static price, and so now you know what your print and ISBN will cost you before you start the design phase of your next book.

How are ISBN numbers free?

ISBN numbers are not free to us. We buy them in bulk so that we can give them away as a bonus with the design and print of a book.

Who doesn’t need an ISBN?

Because the ISBN is used as a basic identifier throughout the book distribution system, any book that is intended to be sold through retail channels will need to have this identifier.

There is absolutely no need for books printed for private use, or for a closed distribution to have an ISBN.

Where to get a book printed and bound?

You can contact us about book printing and binding. Using our printer contacts we will source five relivant quotes and send them to you for your selection.

Can i provide pdf files and barbossa makes the book?

Yes. While we would prefer to create an book job from beginning to end, we can consider any files you want to include. Before you start designing 101 jpg or photoshop files though, please know that not all files are usable, and if you think that creating all the files is going to lower your cost, it might not. Poorly supplied files creates just as much work as creating a new book from scratch, so if you do want to provide your own files, please make sure they are 300DPI, CMYK and are the right size.

Books that are text driven mostly only require a word document, so as the writer, spend more time crafting your copy and making sure it’s free of errors and leave the design to us.

Do I need to have all my text edited before I go to design?

Having your book text edited before the design process starts makes the design process smoother and potentially less frustrating for you. While we don’t charge for text alterations, all alterations take time, and that means your book file will be delayed.

Can I print just one book?

Yes. The printers on our panel will supply a print quote for 1 book. We are not the printers. We’re designing the print ready book file for the printers. We’re happy to manage your printing need, but that is not our primary function and we do that as an add-value to our customers.

How to become a self-published author?

Becoming self-publised is a long and difficult road, and there's a few path on that road that will take you in different directions. The path way you're presented with though, won't always be yours by choice, and can sometime depend on the strength of your written content. For example. If J K Rowling had decided to not let any profeshional publishing house or book company come near her book, then I doubt she would have enjoyed the sucsess that she has. We say that because in her case, the strength of her book is so strong that one could only image her needing an agent to represent her. This doesn't mean her book wouldn't have spread like wildwife without an agent, it just means she might not have been so positively rewarded for her work.

The other path way is that you've tried to have people look at your book, and without sucsess you're are running out of options. That path way is backing yourslef in all things ficancial and marketing. If you've tried to contact the big book stores to get your book on their shelf and you've failed, then it goes without saing that the media giants and publishers havn't been bashing their way to your door. You best option then might be to gift you book to the managers and owners of your local indepenant book store.

There are other ways, but we try to keep these responces short. The simple truth is, if you're book is good enough to sell, then keep pushing and find another avenue until it's sold.

Does Barbossa design children's books?

Yes, but designing a children's book is not like designing a novel. Winnie the Pooh for example has creative hand-drawn images that are stright from the authors imagination. If you are inetersted in designing a children's book, then we encourge you to first give us a call.

Is barbossa a book cover designer?

Yes. We can design just the book cover, if that is all you need. First we will discuss your book and how you would like the book cover to be designed. Then we will look at the inside text pages in order to keep your book cover design consistant. If you haven't yet arranged your text pages to be designed, we can design it based on a discussion. We can also quote your book text pages if you would like.

Designing your own book file and want us to check it before print

Content & Layout Tips

Type Style

"Sans serif" or "serif"? There are two primary styles of type font: "sans serif" and " serif". "Serifs" are the tiny tails on the text, and "san-serif" literally means "without serif". While most books use a 10 or 11 pointt serif font for the body text and a bold sans-serif font for chapter titles and headlines, this is just a matter of book printing histroy and style. If your book is going to be read on screen then it should not be type-set in all serif, because many screens do not have the resolution to show the finer details in the serifs and your book's message will be lost to the frustratcion of un-easy reading. Another factor to consider when type-setting your book is the demographic and socio-economical factor of your intended reader. They might be too senior to read 10 or 11 point on paper, the entire audience might not have access to screen based media, etc

Acceptable File Formats

PDF (Portable Document Format)

A PDF ensures that your printed or viewed file retains the formatting that you intended. Please ensure that your PDF preference is set for press quality. This will ensure that fonts and images are embedded and that not loss of data occurs during the printing process.

Adobe Indesign

Adobe Indesign is the industry standard software for designing book files and is capable of out-putting the above PDF files, exactly as we'll need it, with a few clicks. Please just call us to ask how.

Microsoft Word PDF for Book Printing

As we're sure you already know, Microsoft Word is part of the Office Suite, and as such is intended for office administration use; not book printing. That being said, if you provide us a 2007 or later version of word PDF we'll be able to put that into a book format for you.


Book Spine & Bleed Settings

Bleed & Trim Margins

Bleed for your cover is also essential. For all images which go to the edge of the finished cover size, 3mm external bleed is required. To ensure that important content is not guillotined off, please also allow for an internal bleed margin of 3mm.


Who's the Best Printer for Printing Books?

If you're looking for the the best printer for printing books, then look no furthur than Barbossa Books Design & Print. Here at Barbossa Books we know the best book printer for every book print job, because it's our business to know who the best printer is. Between art-file and book printing, we gaurantee you'll get the best book price everytime.