4. Book

Also refer to the following resource links:

Bookbinding Class

The subject or topic of your booklet is short stories. Each of you need to find a short story  (or it could be one you yourself have written) it is your choice what your story is about. Each of you will then upload this story as a Word doc. to Dropbox. Everyone in the class will then be using everyones story to design a book containing all of them, not just your own. It is a collection of short stories.

You must have your story uploaded to Dropbox before class on Thursday. Include your name in the title of your file.

Booklet Requirements

  • inDesign will give you an option for creating a new “document” or a new “book”. The new book option only applies when you are assembling together several chapters that were each created as separate documents. So, for this assignment, choose the “new document” option when starting.
  • A minimum of 20 pages. We will be doing a “perfect binding” so you will not be creating spreads. (Uncheck the facing pages option in inDesign). The page total does not need to be a multiple of 4 since you are working with individual pages, not spreads.  (The multiple of 4 page count applies only to layouts that are created with facing pages or spreads. It does not apply to perfect binding, for example.)
  • If designing for Perfect Binding then, uncheck the “facing pages” option in Document Setup.
  • The Cover Design is  created as a separate InDesign Document from the book.
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents (TOC)
  • Create paragraph styles to control typographic changes.
  • Apply the grid to the Master pages
  • Auto page numbering as a part of the folio information. Create this on the master pages also.
  • Pull quotes
  • Colophon
    minimum Colophon information
You might include additional pages depending on the subject of your booklet such as:
  • Dedication page
  • Index
  • Bibliography

Additional parts of the book that you may also consider adding if appropriate:

Make use of:
  • Use Roman Hanging punctuation
  • Graphic elements from Illustrator
  • Photographic elements from PhotoShop
  • Diminuendo (diminishing visual presentation of graphic elements related to grouping and hierarchy)
  • Headings
  • Subheadings
  • Images with captions
  • Use of baseline grid based on text leading
  • Use of golden section/Fibonacci number series for margins (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, . . .) Master page elements
  • Paragraph Styles

Avoid default text settings, Make them unique and customized to your subject/topic/audience


The video below illustrates the basics of how to correctly create a cover for a saddle-stitched book/booklet.

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