5. Book

The final completed, printed and bound book is due during finals week Tuesday, May 8th at 9:00.

Also refer to the following resource links:

Bookbinding Class

The subject or topic of your book 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. The book will be a collection of short stories.

You must have your story uploaded to Dropbox before class on Thursday, April 12th. Include your name in the title of your file.

The final completed, printed and bound book is due during finals week Tuesday, May 8th at 9:00.

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
  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.
  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. Use Roman Hanging punctuation (from the “Story” Window found under “Type” in the menu bar.)
  14. 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.”
  15. 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.
  16. 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)
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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:

  • Spelling
  • Incorrect apostrophes and quotation marks. Change to Typographer’s or curly quotes and apostrophes. or ” “ should instead look like this ’ or ” “.
  • Incorrect line length. Lines of type must be between 40–60 characters.
  • Incorrect use of the Baseline and Document Grids. Change to grids based on the text leading, at least the next higher even whole number above the default setting.
  • Double spaces between sentences. Change to single spaces.
  • Use the correct dashes. Hyphen, EN and EM dashes. No double hyphens.
  • Letter combinations such as fi and fl should be ligatures instead and look like this, and fl. Do so in the Character panel>>Options>>“Ligatures”  
  • Check and use the  typographic variables check list
  • Check and use correct typographic punctuation
  • Check and use the Minimum Typographic Management sheet.
  • Check and use the inDesign Cheat Sheet
  • Check and use the inDesign Tips page for additional help with Page Numbering Options and Print Booklet Commands.
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:


  • 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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