Order Custom Covers
We will be taking orders for custom covers for the 2020 edition of the Corn & Soybean Field Guide in early fall (August and September 2019). If you would like to add your name to our mailing list, we will notify you when we begin taking orders.
To join our mailing list, email Kevin Leigh Smith.
What's the Cost?
The minimum order for custom covers is 100 copies. Larger orders
receive discounts. Prices for the 2019 edition were (we will announce prices for the 2020 edition by September 2019):
- 100-299 guides: $10 each
- 300-749 guides: $9 each (10 percent discount)
- 750-1,499 guides: $8.50 each (15 percent discount)
- 1,500-2,499 guides: $8 each (20 percent discount)
- 2,500-3,999 guides: $7.50 each (25 percent discount)
- 4,000 or more: contact Kevin Leigh Smith
Note: Orders may be subject to Indiana
sales tax. These prices are per cover design — groups that order
multiple cover designs do not receive a cumulative discount. These
prices include printer setup charges and basic shipping — orders that need to be shipped to
multiple locations may be subject to actual shipping charges.
How Do I Order?
To order custom guides, please email Kevin Leigh Smith with the following information:
- Your name and organization.
- Number of custom guides you want to order.
- If you want guides for the first or second printing.
- Your email address.
- Your telephone number.
- A shipping address (please provide an actual street address, we won't be able to deliver to post office boxes).
- A billing address (if different).
- A description of what you want on the cover (and
please attach any graphics files you want to include — details about
graphics files are provided below).
If you belong to a larger organization, pooling all
of your orders together can reduce your costs, avoid unnecessary
duplication, and ensure you receive guides. Please consult with the
appropriate individuals in your organization to consolidate your orders.
What Is the Process?
Once you let us know what you want on the cover, you will receive a rough PDF to make sure the elements are where you want them.
After that, our graphic designer will finalize the
design. We create several custom covers at once, so you will receive
this final PDF proof some time after the ordering deadline (in early
November for the first printing, in early February for the second
After you receive this final proof, you will send us
any corrections or changes. We will not print your cover until we
receive your final approval.
What Can I Put on the Cover?
A PDF sample of the 2019 template is available here.
All versions of the guide feature a photo on the front cover with a live area for your logo and information. There will be a larger live area on the back cover for more information.
The live area on the front cover is 3.25 inches (233.9 pixels) wide x 0.78 inch (56.2 pixels) tall.
On the sample, the live area is the white box on the front. The
“Compliments of” line will appear on all covers. The “safe” zone on the
front cover is 2.9724 inches (211.2 pixels) wide by 0.7 inch (50.4 pixels) tall.
The live area on the back cover is 3.26 inches (234.5 pixels) wide x 4.28 inches (308.4 pixels)
tall. On the sample, this space is all of the back cover except the
Purdue Extension disclaimer, branding, and EEO statement on the bottom of the page.
The “safe” zone on the back cover is 2.94 inches (211.7 pixels) wide by 4.13 inches (297.57 pixels) tall.
The back covers have a 0.25-inch bleed on the left side and top.
What Artwork Do I Need?
Please submit your logos and other artwork in vector
format (EPS or AI) whenever possible. Other formats (TIF and JPG) are
acceptable, but please send high-resolution images (at least 300 dpi at
actual print size). Graphic files that have a lower resolution may look
good on your computer screen, but will print poorly.
What Else Can I Put on the Cover?
- Colors —
in the live area on the back cover you can specify any background color
you like. For example, you can send us a specific PMS color, or we can
match the background to one in your logo. If you do not specify a color,
we will use white.
- Photos —
because we print these covers using a four-color process, you can also
use photos or any other art as long as they are of publication quality
and fit in the live space.
- Text and other information
— we can include any other information you want on the front or back
covers (phone numbers, email addresses, website URLs, taglines, and so
on). If you have a particular font you would like to use, please specify
the font and send a sample of the text. The only limitation, of course,
Shipping and Billing
It is possible to ship your guides to more than one location. For details, please contact Kevin Smith — firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-494-0166. Multiple shipping locations may be subject to shipping charges.
We also can issue separate billing statements, but
Purdue University rules require a minimum billing statement for 100 copies — we cannot issue invoices for fewer than 100 copies.
Typically, Purdue issues invoices in January or February for the first printing and April or May for the second printing.
If you have any other questions about the guides or custom covers, please contact:
Kevin Leigh Smith