I created a 40+ page manual as a document in InDesign. The spread I created (8.5 x 11) consists of two pages with images and text that go across both pages. Our printer is requesting that the book be set up exactly how it should print (i.e. page 1 is next to page 21, page 2 is next to page 22) so that it reads like a book when printed. Problem is that I built it in order (page 1, page 2, page 3...all side by side).
Is there a way I can re-set the pages to read like an actual book without manually moving everything to new pages? Again, some elements stretch across the entire spread which creates a HUGE problem when I try to move pages within the document.
Find a better printer?
You should not need to change your InD document to suit the printer and his request is highly unusual. If he is printing from the PDF, export as single pages and he can lay it out as he wants.
Alternatively, to satisfy his requirements yourself, export as single page PDF and then create a new InD document and place all pages of the PDF. Then move the pages around until it's as he wants, then save.
You should find a printer who can actually do his job....
But there are several ways to deal with this relic. Will he accept a PDF? Use Print Booklet and print to PDF (If a Snow Leopard or Lion user, see InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » Acrobat’s Adobe PDF Printer Replaced in Snow Leopard) or use this script: Dave's CS3 Booklet Script by Dave Saunders to creat a new imposed doc, which you can then export to PDF.
Ask for a very large discount.