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Espresso Book Machine Self Publishing

Printing On Demand

Images, text and music that you use--whether from publications, the Internet or elsewhere--are likely protected by copyright law. If you intend to use materials which you did not create, you must secure permission or license to do so. You may be required to pay a royalty fee for use of such materials. The price can vary widely depending on many factors including: the type of material, intended use of the material, amount of material, the commercial market for the material, and the number of copies you intend to distribute. The price may be a per copy fee, flat rate fee or some other arrangement with the copyright owner.


Your Copyright Clearance Responsibility

The University Store on Fifth is not responsible for reviewing your book or content and is not responsible for securing any copyright permission for you to use third party content. You must ensure that you follow copyright laws and that you do not infringe upon any third party rights. The University Store on Fifth cannot provide you with specific copyright guidance or legal advice.


Material you find on the Internet is copyright protected to the same extent as printed content. While information on the Internet is available for public viewing, this does not mean that the materials can be used without consent, permission or license. You should contact the appropriate organization/business/individual which owns the content you are interested in and request permission or license to use the material.


Like Internet content, images, illustrations, and artwork you find on the Internet (and elsewhere) are protected by copyright, even though the image or artwork may be freely available for public viewing. When you are interested in using any image, illustration, sculpture or painting, find out who owns the copyright to the art or image and request permission from the owner to use it.

There are many websites that tout royalty free images. Please keep in mind that images are usually royalty free if you are using that image for personal use only. If you intend to distribute the image to others or incorporate the image in a larger work, you will likely need to purchase a distribution license. Read the terms and conditions of use to see what use is permissible. The benefit of these royalty free websites is that they have a great selection of images/photos/animation/designs to use and they make purchasing the licenses easy.

Copyrighting Your Own Work

Once your work is in a tangible format, it is considered to be protected under copyright laws. If you wish to further legitimize your copyright claim, you may want to register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office. See:

The University Store on Fifth is not able to provide you with copyright or legal assistance. However, the following resources may aid you in the copyright process:

Resources for Designing Your Own Work

If you need assistance in learning how to write/design/market your book you may find the following resources helpful:



  • Indie Publishing: How to Design and Publish Your Own Book by Ellen Lupton
  • Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Book by Dan Poynter
  • Writer's Breakthrough: Steps to Copyright and Publish Your Own Book by Grace LaJoy Henderson
  • 2012 Writers Market by Robert Lee Brewer
  • 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino


Need a quote? Email your file and print project needs to [email protected] Pricing is based on volume with the option of storing your file for reprints.


Submission Guidelines

You will need to submit two PDF files, one for the book-block (or entire interior of the book) and one for the cover. Files may be submitted via email at [email protected] or in person on a USB drive, CD or DVD.



The book-block refers to the entire interior of your book including all blank pages and front and back matter. Pages can include text and images and interior pages can be printed in black and white or color.

Trim size: Refers to the final size of the book (width x height). Must be between 4.5" x 5" and 8.25" x 10.5" (in 1/8" increments).

Page Count: Must be between 40 and 830 pages. Your page count includes the front and back of each piece of paper used, even if the paper is blank.

Paper: We offer our customers the option of white or cream paper. White paper is typically reserved for scholarly/academic publications. Cream is generally used for fiction, nonfiction and poetry books, as well as personal projects. All paper is a high quality 60lb stock.


The cover consists of back + spine + front images. The cover is printed as one continuous sheet (on a 17" x 11" landscape-oriented rectangle) which wraps around the book-block. Covers are printed in full-color, however, no images can be printed on the cover's interior.

Cover size: Must not exceed 16.75" x 10.75".

Formatting: Cover image must be centered vertically and horizontally on a landscape-oriented 17" x 11" document. Do not include crop/registration marks. Avoid placing crucial elements, such as text or barcodes, close to the edge of the cover.

Bleed: Allow ¼" bleed on all sides.

Spine Width: To determine your spine width you must know your page count and the PPI (pages per inch). For our standard 60lb paper, our PPI is 434.

To calculate: page count ÷ PPI = spine width

Please note that the "page count" includes both the front and back of a physical piece of paper. Therefore, one piece of paper = 2 pages.

For more extensive information, please read our EBM Formatting Guide.

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