The design template is used to piece the front, back and spine elements of the cover together. The template includes the front, the back and the spine in one, flattened layout – this is standard practice when supplying designs to a printer.
Taking the Non-Fiction category title (Diary of a Young Naturalist) as an example, the size of the book’s front is 127mm in width and 198mm in height. The book’s back is the same size as the front and the spine is 22mm, making a total layout size of 276mm wide by 198mm tall. In addition to the design area there needs to be an area of bleed added to the overall cover.
The page dimensions for the Fiction and Children’s categories are the same but their spine widths are each slightly different:
- Fiction category (Girl, Woman, Other): spine width 28mm, making a total layout size of 282mm wide x 198mm tall
- Children’s category (Murder Most Unladylike): spine width 21.5mm, making a total layout size of 275.5mm wide x 198mm tall