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Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
12 Feb 2014, 04:56 PM | Post: #1

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Reformatting an eBook for print version.

Hi there,
I tried the KUF search engine but found nothing useful on this subject, so if anyone can help, it would be much appreciated.
I'm trying to get Maerlin's Storm printed and was thinking of using Createspace, from what I've read. Thanks to the editing and proofing services of David Wailing, I have the story as near to perfection as it's likely to get. I've ordered ISBN's and they should be here any day now. What I still need to do is change it from it's Kindle format (Word converted through Mobi) to a format suitable for printing. I've contact my Book cover genius and they needed pages, size, paper type and blurb. This should be all easy enough, apart from the page number, as that could change in the formatting process. I read a post by Tim, which mentioned line spacing, so I've set it to 1.15 line space. I've sorted out a header and footer with book name and page number on them and  a TOC.  I've amended the margin on the left to 1.4 cm rather than 1cm to allow for binding (is this correct?) Is there anything else I need to do?
Any help would be much appreciated.
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Nav
Offline Tim_A Reading strictly murder by Lynda Wilcox
12 Feb 2014, 05:56 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Reformatting an eBook for print version.

Don't forget, odd numbered pages are always on the right, and you need to check that the big margin is on the left on odd pages and on the right on even pages. Word - I think - has a "gutter" setting, which would do it automatically: ½ inch margins and a ¼ inch gutter. That's for a 5" x 8" book. If you're going for 6 x 9, you should make the margins correspondingly bigger, otherwise it'll look cluttered.

Print books don't tend to have a TOC, at least not for fiction.

The Createspace help files are worth a read, and they also include templates for different paper sizes. https://www.createspace.com...
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Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
12 Feb 2014, 06:10 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Reformatting an eBook for print version.

(12 Feb 2014 05:56 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  Don't forget, odd numbered pages are always on the right, and you need to check that the big margin is on the left on odd pages and on the right on even pages. Word - I think - has a "gutter" setting, which would do it automatically: ½ inch margins and a ¼ inch gutter. That's for a 5" x 8" book. If you're going for 6 x 9, you should make the margins correspondingly bigger, otherwise it'll look cluttered.

Print books don't tend to have a TOC, at least not for fiction.

The Createspace help files are worth a read, and they also include templates for different paper sizes. https://www.createspace.com...

Thank you Tim,
I found a useful website blog http://dlmorrese.wordpress.com... which was a help. I was thinking of 6x9. I was wondering why all my page numbers were on the right on the odd numbered pages. I thought I'd done something wrong.
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Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
12 Feb 2014, 06:12 PM | Post: #4

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RE: Reformatting an eBook for print version.

(12 Feb 2014 06:10 PM)navlogan Wrote: Wrote:  
(12 Feb 2014 05:56 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  Don't forget, odd numbered pages are always on the right, and you need to check that the big margin is on the left on odd pages and on the right on even pages. Word - I think - has a "gutter" setting, which would do it automatically: ½ inch margins and a ¼ inch gutter. That's for a 5" x 8" book. If you're going for 6 x 9, you should make the margins correspondingly bigger, otherwise it'll look cluttered.

Print books don't tend to have a TOC, at least not for fiction.

The Createspace help files are worth a read, and they also include templates for different paper sizes. https://www.createspace.com...

Thank you Tim,
I found a useful website blog http://dlmorrese.wordpress.com... which was a help. I was thinking of 6x9. I was wondering why all my page numbers were on the right on the odd numbered pages. I thought I'd done something wrong.
thanks
Nav
Nope I have done it wrong. The even numbers are on the right, not the odd pages.
Nav!
Offline AKMichaels Reading Sixkill by Robert B Parker
12 Feb 2014, 06:53 PM | Post: #5

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RE: Reformatting an eBook for print version.

(12 Feb 2014 06:12 PM)navlogan Wrote: Wrote:  
(12 Feb 2014 06:10 PM)navlogan Wrote: Wrote:  
(12 Feb 2014 05:56 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  Don't forget, odd numbered pages are always on the right, and you need to check that the big margin is on the left on odd pages and on the right on even pages. Word - I think - has a "gutter" setting, which would do it automatically: ½ inch margins and a ¼ inch gutter. That's for a 5" x 8" book. If you're going for 6 x 9, you should make the margins correspondingly bigger, otherwise it'll look cluttered.

Print books don't tend to have a TOC, at least not for fiction.

The Createspace help files are worth a read, and they also include templates for different paper sizes. https://www.createspace.com...

Thank you Tim,
I found a useful website blog http://dlmorrese.wordpress.com... which was a help. I was thinking of 6x9. I was wondering why all my page numbers were on the right on the odd numbered pages. I thought I'd done something wrong.
thanks
Nav
Nope I have done it wrong. The even numbers are on the right, not the odd pages.
Nav!
Nav, we all know how bad I am at this stuff but I finally managed when I was doing it - took me nearly a full day though lol! After the first one I downloaded one of their templates and jiggled it about a bit and then for the next couple I just copied and pasted text into that and went through it to make sure was ok. After that I just started to use their template to write - when I'm done I then save to diff formats for whatever platform. The good thing is that when u upload file and go to previewer it shows you what's wrong and needs fixing - which was a great help to me lol! Good luck!
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12 Feb 2014, 06:58 PM | Post: #6

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RE: Reformatting an eBook for print version.

CreateSpace have a template you can use. They also give free a ISBN. I've just started converting my books and have done one The Breadwinners. Bit of a trial and error as I didn't use their template. Just remember to take out the TOC. You will need the full cover with your blurb on the back.  Use this video for doing the page numbering http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGzz2ZmLrFw You should begin chapter one on page one and it should be on the right.
Don't forget to list your other books in the front. 
CreateSpace make it really easy for you. Wink

Hope this helps.
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Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
12 Feb 2014, 07:05 PM | Post: #7

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Tongue RE: Reformatting an eBook for print version.

Thanks Ava. Thanks for the support.
and Jan, some very useful tips there. I seem to have my headers and footers all wrong, so I'll stop and try again tomorrow, when my brain isn't fried.[Image: tongue.gif]
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12 Feb 2014, 07:22 PM | Post: #8

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RE: Reformatting an eBook for print version.

(12 Feb 2014 05:56 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  The Createspace help files are worth a read, and they also include templates for different paper sizes. https://www.createspace.com...
+1 for the templates.

And, I found this post very helpful: http://annecharnock.com...
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Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
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RE: Reformatting an eBook for print version.

(12 Feb 2014 07:22 PM)leep Wrote: Wrote:  
(12 Feb 2014 05:56 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  The Createspace help files are worth a read, and they also include templates for different paper sizes. https://www.createspace.com...
+1 for the templates.

And, I found this post very helpful: http://annecharnock.com...

Thanks Lee for the link. Looks good.
Regards
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