Standard Book Sizes: Picture Books, Coffee Table Books, Textbooks & More


Standard Book Sizes: Picture Books, Coffee Table Books, Textbooks & More

When it comes to hardcover and trade paperback books – no matter which genre they fall into – there are some pretty standard sizes that publishers and printers use. However, there are books that often do not fit those established sizes or have their own standard sizes because they are in a genre all by themselves. In this article, we’ll be looking at three of the types of books that fit that description. If you are writing any of these types of books then you’ll want to know what the standard practices and sizes are for publishing them. Let’s take a look at picture books, textbooks and coffee table or art books.

Picture Books

Picture books are books that are created for children that have lots of pictures. There are two different types of picture books – the board book and the paperback. Board books are heavy duty and are intended for younger children who will be probably putting them in their mouth. They are made to be durable and survive through this process. Paperback books, on the other hand, are full of pictures and usually have a slightly higher reading level because they are intended for older kids that are no longer chewing on their books. These are the books that parents often read to their kids as bedtime stories. The standard size for both the board books and the picture books is a 5 by 7 trim size.


Textbooks are educational books. They are used in classrooms and for education throughout the world, and as such they have a single standard size that almost every textbook conforms to. This is mostly due to legitimacy rather than publishing requirements. The 7 by 10 size that your school textbooks came in is pretty much the same length and width of every textbook out there. They are the only books that are published in that size. This is done to differentiate them as separate from all of the other books out there – to legitimize them as textbooks. There are a few exceptions to this rule, particularly when talking about paperback textbooks, but for the most part, hardcover textbooks that you’ll find in schools will all be that standard size.

Coffee Table Books

Finally, there are coffee table books and art books. What is unique about these types of books is that they don’t really have too many standard sizes. You can pretty much create a coffee table book or an art book with any size that you want. However, whether you are publishing traditionally or self-publishing, you’re going to have difficulty getting your book out there. Traditional publishers rarely publish these types of books except from established artists and writers that they have already worked with. As far as self-publishing, finding someone to print a book like this can be difficult and there is no doubt that it will be expensive – which means that you are going to have to sell the book for a lot more to make up for it.