Digest Publishing

Digest Publishing

Digest printing is the perfect solution when you need a manual, an event program, or a sales booklet in a smaller format.  The most common digest sizes are 5.5 x 8.5 and 6 x 9, but we also offer 3 standard larger sizes.  Paired with our Mailing Services, your printed digests make a high impact direct mail piece.

  • Details: Digest Printing

    • Three self cover stock options (cover stock the same stock as the inside pages)
    • One plus cover stock options (cover stock is heaver/thicker than inside pages)
    • Saddle-Stitched bindery (booklet is stapled in the center for binding)
    • Size options represent page/finished size
    • Five standard digest printing sizes; custom trimming available
    • Minimum custom trim size is 6" high (binding edge) x 4" wide
    • Digests printed at 8.5x5.5 up to 6x10.5 can mail at the Letter rate, saving significant postage costs (see Mailing tab for additional requirements)

Follow the secifications provided to ensure your artwork prints correctly. Our templates are provided as a ZIP files and include PDF, AI, and JPG versions of each template.

Select a ZIP file to download

8.5x5.5 Click Here to Download  
6x9 Click Here to Download  
11x8.5 Click Here to Download  
12x19 Click Here to Download  
12x12 Click Here to Download  

Be sure to DELETE "template layer" before you submit your files.

View templates for all products click here.
Click here for guided instructions.

Digest Printing Tips  

In the printing business, digest generally refers to a final or page size.  Usually, a digest is smaller than standard magazines or catalogs.

To produce a high quality, four-color digest booklet or catalog, ensure your printer can produce your order without mistakes and within your required timeframe. PrintPlace.com, for example, offers both satisfaction and on-time guarantees.

Include product pictures, charts, design and illustrations to help make your point, catch your customers’ attention and keep them interested in your products and services.

To ensure your digest prints with the highest quality and best results, consult a professional designer or utilize our provided templates.  If you have questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to contact us by phone, email or live chat!

Mailing Services fee for digests/booklets: $35 per 1,000 plus $150 setup (includes: processing 1 mailing list, duplication removal if requested, CASS Certification, inkjet addressing, and postal presorting for automation rates).

Digest bookletse are eligible to mail at either Letter or Flat rates, depending on the size and weight per piece.  If your catalog is landscape orientation, extra tabbing is required and postal rate may increase.

Letter Rate  (average $.27 each)


  • Size:  8.5x5.5, 6x9, or 8.5x11 if custom trimmed to maximum of 6x10.5 "Slim Jim" style (for Standard saddle stitch binding on long dimension only)
  • Weight: 3 oz or less
  • Tabbing:  must be triple tabbed - 2 tabs on right edge of mailing panel and 1 tab on left edge.  Tabs must be 1.5" and non-perfed.
  • Design:  back cover layout must be landscape/horizontal with bound edge at the bottom and include 4” wide x 2” tall unprinted area for addressing
  • Shape must be rectangular and maintain an "aspect ratio" within 1.3 to 2.5 (lenth divided by height).

Flat Rate (for larger sized booklets or digests weighing more than 3 oz)


  • Size:  all sizes, 5.5 x 8.5 – 9 x 12
  • Thickness: maximum ¾”
  • Tabbing:  not required
  • Design:  back cover can be any orientation, must include 4” wide x 2” tall unprinted area for addressing

Examples of digest booklet weights per paper type and page count:

  • 8.5 x 5.5, 80# gloss book pages and cover, 48 pages: 3.07 oz
  • 8.5 x 11, 80# gloss book plus 10pt cover, 40 pages: 5.60 oz
  • 8.5 x 11, 100# gloss book pages and cover, 32 pages: 5.02 oz
  • 8.5 x 11, 100# gloss book pages plus 10pt cover, 28 pages: 4.76 oz 

For more information, please reference our Mailing Services page. 

Instant Pricing
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$1.16 each)
  • 1. Pick a product
  • 2. Payment
  • 3. Upload artwork
  • 4. Review & Send to Press
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