Important Note: The first page of the document should be blank, and unnumbered. This blank page is used to fill in empty pages in the last segment, and it is assumed that this first page will, when the book is bound, be glued against the inside of the hard cover.

page count
sheets per segment

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Formatting instructions for WORD.

The first page of the text should be entirely blank. It is assumed that this blank page will be glued against the board when the book is bound. Also, as will be described below, this page is used to fill in leftover blank end pages in the last segment. It is most likely that one will want to leave at least two blank pages at the beginning of the document. This will cover both sides of the first leaf of the book-block, making the front side of the first loose leaf the first page, or title page, of the document.

WORD Setup:

Select: file / page setup

Under the Margins tab:

Click the 2 pages per sheet check box.

Set the Top, Bottom, Outside, Inside boxes to an equal number, for example, 0.8 inches.
Set the Gutter to 0 inches.
Set the Header and Footer to 0.5 inches.

Under the Paper Size tab, set the Paper orientation to Landscape.
The preview image should show what looks like an open book - a horizontal page, divided down the middle, with a page of text on either side.

Now, select Insert / page numbers
Set the Position to Bottom of page (footer)
Set the alignment to Center

Make sure Show number on first page is deselected. This is very important, as the script uses this totally blank page to fill in blank endpages in the last segment of the book. It is not strictly necessary to use page numbers when making a book, but without them it may be very difficult to go through the printing process without making mistakes. Click Format to apply the page numbers to the document.


Now that the document is set up, use the calculator above to calculate the proper page printing order. In the page count box, enter the number of pages in the document. In the sheets per segment enter the number of sheets you wish to use in each segment. (e.g. 10 sheets.) Click the Calculate button, and the results will appear in a popup window. There will be a separate list for the front pages and the back pages.

Now it is time to print the document. In WORD, select file / print. Into the Pages box, (in the Page range sub-panel,) copy and past the front pages list. If the document is long, the list may be too long for WORD to accept. If the whole list does not paste into the box, break it into smaller groups.

Once the front pages are printed, be sure to wait for at least half an hour or more before attempting to print the back pages, as the wet ink can cause the sheets to stick together and more than one may be drawn into the printer. Once a mistake has been made, it can be maddening to fix, due to the confusing page order.

Once the pages are dry, take the stack and flip it over, top to bottom (not side to side.) Make sure that the orientation of the pages is correct before beginning to print. Repeat the printing process, using the back pages list.

Once the document has been printed, divide the sheets into groups, equal in size to the number you typed into the sheets per segment box in the calculator. They are now ready to fold, sew and bind.

How to Make a Hardcover Book

For instructions on how to made a hardcover book, click here.

Questions or suggestions?