Taking a closer look at printing prices at CreateSpace, I discovered something very interesting:

A book measuring 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches is the same price as a book measuring 6 inches by 9 inches.

Not surprising enough?

Would you believe a book measuring 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches, black and white interior, 117 pages, costs $2.26, and…

a book measuring 8 inches by 10 inches, black and white interior, 117 pages, costs…the same price: $2.26.

Another interesting fact about book pricing at CreateSpace is that any size book, black and white interior, up to 108 pages costs $2.15. A book 109 and 110 pages costs $2.17. A book 111 and 112 pages cost $2.19. (PS: That’s US dollars, not Canadian).

Knowing the minimum price a book will cost is $2.15, regardless if it contains 88 pages or 108, makes one wonder how they can take advantage of these ‘paid for anyways’ or ‘free’ pages. Personally, what I do is use some of the back pages to promote other books I’ve written.

One book contained enough ‘free’ pages that I inserted the first chapter of another book to entice readers into buying it.

**Have you noticed this pricing format? Have you taken advantage of free pages if your book runs short of 108 pages?**

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Thanks for pointing this out Diane. I will pay better attention to that next time I publish. 🙂

You can check to see if you have extra pages when you review the digital proof. Or you could do the math and see if you have extra.

It’s all to do with the way pages are put together to fit on a sheet of paper for printing. I think it’s normally eight pages per sheet, so if your book doesn’t fit neatly into a multiple of eight pages you will have blank pages at the end. As you say, these should be used productively to promote other books you have written or to give the first chapter of your next book, or a taster of it. It isn’t difficult to do and provides a free advertisement. I sometimes add a black and white photograph relevant to the book.

I agree; it’s all about how the book is created. The minimum number of pages is 24, and that follows the Rule of Four. Many children books are 24 pages, but they can also be 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, etc.

If you ripped apart a book, there are four pages per piece of paper, often giving us those extra pages. Definitely take advantage of those blank pages if you can.

I agree; it’s not difficult to do. Sometimes the hardest part is thinking you can do it. Black and white photos of book covers are great.