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Print on demand books with the Espresso Book Machine®

Espresso Book Machine The Espresso Book Machine® is a fully integrated patented book making machine which can automatically print, bind, and trim on demand at point of sale perfect bound library quality paperback books with 4-color cover indistinguishable from their factory made versions.

The EBM Version 2.0 is modular in 2 parts and the core unit measures approximately 2.7 feet deep, 3.8 feet wide and 4.5 feet high.

The EBM will print, bind, and trim a 300-page book in less than four minutes with a high speed printer model. The trim size of a book is infinitely variable between 8.25" x 10.5" and 4.5" x 5.5" and the EBM Version 2.0 can bind up to 550 pages.

On Demand Books believes that the Espresso Book Machine will be of high value for educational institutions and libraries, public libraries, bookstores, self-publishing, multi-lingual environments and many other global point of sale or point of need locations.

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Getting Started

Typical novels aren’t the only thing that can be printed – the possibilities with The Espresso Book Machine® are endless! We invite and encourage you to explore the many options and come up with something creative and fun. Below are some examples of types of projects that can be made:

  • Publishing your very own book.

  • Creating a short book of poetry.

  • Assembling and customizing favorite children’s stories and artwork for a lasting piece of memorabilia.

  • Preparing a recipe book to use as gifts during the holidays or for a fund-raiser at school.

  • Compiling a photo album of friends and family.

  • Designing and printing a custom journal that you can document your stories.

The ideas are truly never-ending. If it can fit into a 4.5" by 4.5" to 8.25" by 10.5" soft back book, then it can most likely be done. Continue exploring this web site to learn more about what The EBM has to offer and how you can take advantage of it.

Creating Your Book

Pick the right size of book for your specific project. We provide templates for six common sizes. For each size you will find the trim size, its common use, and a rough estimate of pages that can be printed while still being able to be bound properly. You can download templates for each size and put your own content in them. We recommend a minimum of 40 pages and maximum page number of 550 pages.

Trim Size: 5" x 5"
Common Use: Smaller, square book, great for gift giving. A good choice for poetry books as well.
Suggested Max Number of Pages: 425 (2" spine)

5 x 5
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5.5 x 8.5
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Trim Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
Common Use: A good option for journals and other general printing.
Suggested Max Number of Pages: 425 (2" spine)

Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Common Use: Trade paperback size, also called "quality paperbacks." Great for novels or other general printing.
Suggested Max Number of Pages: 425 (2" spine)

6 x 9
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7 x 10
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Trim Size: 7" x 10"
Common Use: Referred to as the “textbook size." Many cookbooks and manuals use this size.
Suggested Max Number of Pages: 425 (2" spine)

Trim Size: 8" x 5"
Common Use: Landscape book that would catch someone’s eye. Would be great for comics or even photo albums.
Max Number of Pages: 210 (1" spine)

8 x 5
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8.25 x 10.5
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Trim Size: 8.25" x 10.5"
Common Use: Near Workbook size. This is the largest size we print. Many how-to books are also printed at this size.
Max Number of Pages: 100 (.5" spine)


Using Templates

A look at what the cover document and content document will look like when you submit them to us.

Cover Template

  • 17" x 11" full size cover

  • 6" x 9" single cover trim size

  • 1" x 9" spine

  • 13" x 9" cover trim size

  • .5" inside margins

  • .5" bleed

Cover Template 

Inside Page Template

  • 6" x 9" page trim size

  • 1" top and bottom margins

  • .75" right and left margins

  • Optional Header

  • Optional Page #

Book Block Page Template 

** All text must be inside of the inside margins ( ).


Choosing the right font and font size is very important for any print project. First decide if you like the Serif style or Sans Serif better. Typically Serif style fonts are used for longer passages of text because the “serifs" help your eye create a horizontal reading line. Sans Serif fonts form a very clean and modern look.

Fonts are measured in points. There are 72 points in 1 inch. Typical books use a font in the 10-12 point range. You must also be aware that each font is a slightly different size. As you can see below, the Sans Serif font on the right (Arial) is slightly larger than the Serif Font (Times New Roman) on the left —while still having the same point value. Additionally, larger font sizes can lead to more pages in your book/project.

The most important thing is that you like the font. Be sure that the size is easy/comfortable to read for you and the people that are also going to be reading it.

Serif Fonts
Sans Serif Fonts
Font Sizes

ISBN & Copyright Information

In order to make your work more marketable, you might want to consider the following options: ISBN/Barcode (International Standard Book Number): It is a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books published internationally. The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors. If you want to sell your book through retailers, distributors or libraries, you will need an ISBN and barcode. You can apply for and purchase your own ISBN, listing you as the publisher, by going to Then click on Order ISBNs, English Forms. You will then be able to apply for a single ISBN and barcode. It will cost $125 for a single ISBN and $25 for a barcode. This will take about two weeks. Once you receive your ISBN you will need to go to to register your book title in Books in Print.

Here is a sample of what the barcode and ISBN will look like:

ISBN Information


A copyright record documents the intellectual or creative ownership of a work and protects the work against misappropriation or other unauthorized use. You can register your own copyright by going to the website Basic online registration costs $35. Paper filing registration costs $50. Copyright becomes effective the day the Library of Congress receives a copy of your work (printed copy or electronic file). It might take four to five months for the Library of Congress to send your official certification of copyright to you through the mail. Electronic filing tends to be faster than paper filing. We will print your copyright information on your book’s copyright page.

Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number (PCN): A Library of Congress preassigned control number is a unique identification number that the Library of Congress assigns to the catalog record created for each book in its cataloged collections. Librarians use it to locate a specific Library of Congress catalog record in the national databases and to order catalog cards from the Library of Congress or from commercial suppliers. If you want your book to be eligible for inclusion in libraries, you need a PCN.

You can go to the Library of Congress website at for instructions on how to get your own PCN. There is no charge for a PCN. But you are obligated to send a complimentary copy of the book for which a PCN will be provided immediately upon publication. The book becomes the property of the Library of Congress and is therefore non-returnable. It usually takes the Library of Congress two weeks to send an individual PCN. Once you receive your PCN, we will print it on your book’s copyright page.

Send the copy of your book to:

Library of Congress
US & Publisher Liaison Division
Cataloging in Publication Program
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4280

File Submission

Every project will require two file (.pdf or .doc) submissions – one for the complete cover (front cover, back cover, and spine) and one for the content of the book (the pages with text). For naming the files, please use: first 5 letters of your last name – 8 letters of your title – content.pdf (or .doc) and first 5 letters of your last name – 8 letters of your title – cover.pdf (or .doc).

Mark Twain wants to publish The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He would submit to us two files named:

Refer to the “Creating Your Book" section above along with the information below to ensure that you have set up your documents correctly.


  • Complete document size should be 17" wide by 11" tall (tabloid). Download a cover template in the “Template Examples" above.

  • Your book size will be (width of left page + width of spine + width of right page) by (height of book).
    Spine Calculation:
    x = a + b(y/2)
    x = spine width
    a = cover thickness (constant of .0327")
    b = paper thickness
    y = number of pages


  • Your book consists of 200 pages and you want it printed so that the book will be 6" by 9" on Springhill cream paper.

  • Spine width = .0327 + (.0046 x 100) = .4927"

  • Book size = (6" + .4927" + 6") by (9") = 12.4927" x 9"


  • The layout of your text must be the exact size that you want (For example: you cannot give us a normal Word document that is set at the default 8.5" by 11" and expect it to be printed at 6" by 9").

  • Make sure that you have the margins set up correctly the way you want them (typically no less than .5" for all – top, bottom, left, and right).

  • Be sure that all text and images are inside of those margins.

  • Headers and footers (page numbers) can be outside the margins as long as they are close enough to the margin lines to not cause a problem.

  • If using images, please have them at the highest quality possible (300dpi).

Pricing & Ordering

Below is a general list of prices to get an idea of pricing for your project. Download the order form below, print it and bring it in to us.

We will provide one inspection proof for each new order placed free of charge. If the proof is unsatisfactory, it is the property of the NDSU Bookstore. If the proof is acceptable, this is your purchase copy. The NDSU Bookstore is not responsible for typos or incorrectly formatted book blocks and covers.

Additional proofs are available for the price of printing the book.

Basic Price: $0.08 per page
Thesis and Dissertation blank pages: $0.04 per page
Color pages: $0.18 per page and the fee for insertion of color pages is $5.00 per book.
Paper Color: 20lb/50# offset white or 24lb/60# offset crème paper
Full Color Cover: $1.00

Orders of 10-24 books receive a 10% discount
Orders of 25-49 books receive a 15% discount
Orders of 50-99 books receive a 20% discount
Orders of 100+ books receive a 25% discount

Optional Services

Graphic Services at NDSU offers the following services:

  • Book block formatting
  • Cover formatting
  • Cover design
  • Converting your file to PDF

Fee for any service is $15.00 per hour.

Graphic Services Contact Information:

NDSU Graphic Services

Phone: 701-231-7573



Expect your first proof in 7-10 business days.

If you have questions or would like information about on-demand printing, contact:

Jennifer Autumnstar

Phone: 701-231-5744

Fax: 701-231-5746


We can print your book once you have taken the following steps:

  • Writing, editing and proofreading are done.
  • The design and layout of the cover and interior pages are ready.
  • The files have been converted to PDFs.

Ready to make a book?

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Customer Responsibilities

Just as we want to be sure no one illegally uses materials that you have created, we also want to protect the intellectual/creative property of others. Images, text and music are all covered under copyright law – if you intend to use materials that you did not create yourself you must secure permission to do so. Most of the time you will be asked to pay a royalty fee for its use. This price can vary widely depending on the material, the type of project it is being used in, is it available for re-sale through other channels, and how many copies you intend to distribute. The price can be a per copy fee or it can be a flat rate fee.


An area that always surprises people is that material on the internet is also copyright protected. Just because it is out there for everyone to see does not mean that anyone can use the materials without permission. You should contact the organization/business/individual and ask permission to use their material.


Like the internet, just because an image is out for all to see it does not mean that the rightsholder has relinquished control over its use. You should contact the painter/illustrator/photographer/etc… to ask their permission.

There are many sites that tout that they are ‘royalty free’ sites to get images – this is true if you are only using that image for your own personal use. Once you plan on distributing the image to others you need to purchase a distribution license. The benefit of these websites is that they have a great selection of images/photos/animation/designs to use and they make purchasing the licenses easy.

Once your work is in a tangible format it is considered copyrighted. If you wish to further legitimize your copyright claim you may choose to register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office. There is a fee involved with registering your claim the minimum being $35.00 – which is something you will do through the U.S. Copyright Office.

Copyrighting your own work

NDSU Bookstore’s copyright responsibility:

NDSU Bookstore is not liable for securing any copyright by or for you and your work. It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that all copyright laws are followed and no rights are infringed upon.

Resources to aid in the copyright process:

If you need assistance in learning how to write/design/market your book we have put together a list of resources which you may find 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

2010 Writers Market by Robert Lee Brewer

2010 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino

Tips & Tricks

Proofread and edited.

Proof read thoroughly, and review your layout carefully!

All text and images are in their intended locations.

Ensure that text and images are where you want them on each page. Just because a page at the beginning is how you like it doesn’t mean one at the end will necessarily be the same.

Text and images don’t crowd margins.

Use large enough margins in order to not crowd the edges of the pages. Slight variations will occur in the trimming process and you don’t want words or images cut off.

Cover colors extend to the edge of the bleed.

If you are using solid colors that extend to the edge of your covers make sure they go to the edge of the bleed (.25"-.5" spacing outside of the actual cover size) to make sure no white shows.

Images are all at 300dpi.

Remember to scan your images at 300dpi and save the file as a TIFF (this will give you the best quality image).

Fonts are easy to read.

Use an easy to read font and font size such as the examples we provide in the Book Options - Typography section of this site.

Breaks in text are distinguished clearly.

Bold, or use a slightly larger point size, for your fonts that indicate chapter titles, sections, etc. This will make it easier for a reader to distinguish when a break is established in the book.

Clean and consistent layout.

Consistency throughout your layout (fonts, sizes, chapter headings, etc.) will yield a more professional and easy to read result in the end.

For more information about on-demand publishing and printing at the NDSU Bookstore, please contact us at 701-231-5744 or send e-mail to