5. Book

The final completed, printed and bound book is due during finals week Wednesday, May 8th at 4:00.

Also refer to the following resource links:

Bookbinding Class

To celebrate World Book Day on April 23, your next assignment is to completely design all the parts of a book. The subject or topic of your book is short stories. You will need to find a short story written by someone else (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 compile everyone’s story into their own book. In other words, your final book will include everyone’s, not just your own. This resulting book will be a collection of short stories from the class.

You must have your story uploaded to Dropbox before class on Wednesday, April 10th. Include your name in the title of your file.

The final completed, printed and bound book is due during finals week Wednesday, May 8th at 4:00.

Book Requirements

  1. 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, be sure to choose the “new document” option when starting, not “new book”.
  2. Your page size is letter-half (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches or 396 pts x 612 pts). Page Orientation should be vertical/portrait in the doc setup of inDesign.
  3. Your Cover Design is created as a separate InDesign Document from the book, not as the first/last pages of the main file.
  4. Title page (Includes your title and the phrase “edited by your name”)
  5. Graphic elements/images from Illustrator—Drawings, graphics, logos
  6. Photographic elements/pictures from PhotoShop—Drawings, photographs (be sure to size images correctly and also that they are CMYK in PS before importing them to you layout.)
  7. Headings/Story Titles—May be a paragraph style treating all story titles the same or alternatively, each story title might be treated differently according to the story.
  8. Subheadings
  9. Create Paragraph Styles to control typographic changes.
  10. Auto Page Numbering as a part of the folio information. Create this on the Master Pages also.
  11. Pull QuoteCopy (don’t cut or delete) a main point or passage from the story. Paste the copy of the passage and text wrap the story around a part or all of it. Add correct Roman Hanging punctuation marks  to the pull quote but not within the story itself. (from the “Story” Window found under “Type” in the menu bar.)
  12. Colophon minimal information—production notes on details of how your book was made. It is a section of the back matter located at the end of the book.
  13. Apply Diminuendo (diminishing visual presentation of graphic elements related to grouping and hierarchy) to the first paragraph of all stories as a visual clue which basically indicates “begin reading here.”
  14. Apply a dingbat, ruled line or other small graphic symbol at the end of each story  as a visual clue which basically indicates “this is the end of the story.” The Glyphs window is a good place where you might locate an appropriate story ending symbol. On the other hand, you might create your own.
  15. Apply the inDesign Baseline Grid to the Master pages based on your text leading amount (14 point leading should be used to create a baseline grid with 14 pt increments, for example)
  16. Use the golden section/Fibonacci number series for margins (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, . . .) Master page elements. Remember to make the inside margin larger than the outside margin. This is to allow for binding.
  17. Table of Contents (TOC) Created by the inDesign format, not simply a page with the page numbers and the stories located there. This will require you to set up Character Styles and Paragraph Styles correctly.
  18. Ruled Lines as a part of the folio information

Avoid default text settings. Instead, make design decisions about text unique and customized to your subject/topic/audience

Examples of common mistakes you must correct:

You might include additional pages that might be a part of “front” or “back” matter depending on the subject of your booklet such as:
  • Dedication page
  • Index
  • Bibliography

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

InDesign Checklist (minimum)


  • Images should all be sized correctly in Photoshop and then imported to inDesign (not imported and then sized). Resolution of those images should be 300 dpi and saved in RGB color mode. Double check this before importing to inDesign.
  • How to insert an image or artwork piece:
    • Use the Rectangle Frame tool (looks like rectangle with an X inside) and create a box that you want your image to go inside. It should be the exact size you want your image to be.
    • File>Place… and browse to find your image file
    • Your image will be placed in your Rectangle Frame. To resize it, use the white arrow tool and shift key to keep the same proportions.

Punctuation and Grammar (minimum)

  • Spell check (including names and work titles)
  • Double-check spelling of all names.
  • Correct punctuation
  • Correct grammar
    • Use Find+Replace tool

for example:

  • Find “,and”
  • Replace with “and”
  • NO double spaces between sentences (use Find+Replace tool to check)
  • Use proper dashes (hyphen vs. en dash vs. em dash)
    • Hyphen (-):used to join words or names (i.e. Mary-Sue, right-click)
    • En dash (–)­:used to indicate a close range of values, dates, times or numbers (i.e. June–July, 1:00–2:00pm, 1999–2003)
      • Key command in InDesign:Option+Hyphen
    • Em dash (—):indicates a parenthetical thought—like this one—or some similar interpolation
      • Key command in InDesign:Option+Shift+Hyphen
    • Apply graphic dingbat or some other visual indication of the end of the story to all stories(not poems) after last line of story
    • Apply diminuendo to the first line of text in the first paragraph of a story (not poems):
    • Eliminate overuse of hyphenated text
    • Eliminate typographic orphans and widows
    • Make sure you have included pages which include the following information:
      • Half-title page
      • TOC
      • Colorphon(Add the production information of typeface, paper stock and software used.
      • Cover
      • Use the Print Booklet commandto print and choose 2-up perfect bound

Master Pages

A-Master (literary)– default layout to follow when importing literary work

B-Master (artwork)– default layout to follow when importing artwork

  • All pages in the layout template are currently set to A-Master.
  • To apply/switch Master pages:Select the page(s) you want to change and right-click.Select Apply Master to Pages, select the appropriate Master page you want, then click
  • To override ANY Master page elements: Select the page(s) you want to override and right-click. Select Override All Master Page Items.


When to use Paragraph Styles: Use when formatting paragraphs only

  • Drop cap paragraph: Use ONLY on the first paragraph of a story
  • Regular paragraph:Use for all stories, long or short. Apply to all paragraphs, excluding the first
  • Typical paragraph styles would include one for each of the following
  • First paragraph
  • Text or story paragraph
  • Last paragraph  

When to use Character Styles: Use for formatting text.

  • Typical character styles would include one for each of the following
  • Title
  • author or “by” line
  • Initial Letter
  • dominuedo
  • captions
  • pull quotes
  • folio information

To apply Paragraph and Character styles:

  • Select the paragraph(s) you want to format, then double-clickthe appropriate style you want to apply,
  • then click OK


  • You must have a minimum of 20 pages. We will be doing a “perfect binding” so you will not be creating a document with spreads but single pages instead. (Uncheck the facing pages option in inDesign). As a result. 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.)

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

Student Examples

Katie Nimmo



Andrea Lara



Anneka Weingart



Julia Nguyen




Alondra Lara



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