You will want to set the InDesign document up as facing pages; this makes the most sense to working on the layout - When you export it for print, you will export as single pages.
You can make your document start at page five by using Numbering and Section Options in the pages pallet. Just select Start Page Numbering at: _____ and fill in 5 in the blank.
For a book of this length, I recommend making each chapter a separate InDesign document, and joining them though a book pallet. I find it makes the process less cumbersome, and you can still sync styles and master pages, and have numbering run across documents.
You tick "facing pages" when you set up your InDesign document.
The jacket will be one page. You need to know the spine width (ask your printer or binder). Don't forget the flaps!
266 is a strange number of pages , consider multiples of 8 or 16pp
Are you sure you want spot colors just on those pages – might be expensive.
You can start numbering on page 5 as 1, but suggest you leave 5 as 5.
Export to single pages, ask your printer which type of PDF and whether they want trim marks or not.
Things to also consider: the text paper (is the book illustrated, this will effect the choice) consider the end-papers, the binding brasses, binding material, does it need an ISBN, consider the front matter and maybe end-matter (does it need an index).
I just re-read your question about the page numbers. If page 5 of the document should be numbed as page 1, then use Numbering and Section Options on the 5th page, select Start Page Numbering at: _____ and fill in 1 in the blank.
You will get a warning about pages in the document with the same number; you can fix this by either using a different number system for the first 4 pages (ii, for instance), or giving the first section a section number.
The other matter you should consider very carefully is the typography – choice of typeface, type size, width, leading, headings, running headers, captions (if you have images) and the page margins. Take your time with this and I suggest you make up specimen pages and print out sample pages on your desktop printer to see how they look before committing yourself.
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions.. This is the first time that I've produced anything on this scale before..
After tea tonight I will put the suggestions into my document and report back..
Really, really appreciated..
I did receive the warning and this is what threw me, and I didn't see on screen what I expected to see in that the number references didn't seem to alter, though I haven't attempted this on a facing page document which I will do after tea and report back..
Thank you, really
Thank you Derek, I really appreciate your response here, I will put these into the document after tea..
Derek, can I just ask, would you set the jacket up separately? For example, I have designed the jacket in Photoshop including the flaps..
The book will be hard backed, again though would I design this separately? With the rest of the detail of the book being designed in the main document..
Thanks in advance..
Without doubt make the jacket a separate document. Opitimise any images in Photoshop, place them in InDesign and add text for the cover, including the flaps there. Do not add the text in Photoshop (though text with effects, say for the title can be done in Photoshop). Keep your layered Photoshop files in case you have to make changes. You can round trip between InDesign and Photoshop.
Make sure your flaps are deep enough otherwise it'll fall off the book (assuming you're going to have a loose jacket and not a cased-in jacket).
This is great thank you for taking the time to reply..
If the book is straight forward consisting mostly text, personally I wouldn't bother with making into separate sections and assembling it in the book facility, I'd make it one document.
If the manuscript is in Word (especially if it's styled) and you have a recent version of InDesign you can Place the Word document in InDesign and it will make it into pages, almost ready to go!
Thanks Derek.. It's slightly more stylised I think with over 200 colour and B/W photos and illustrations, and the design itself will be a focus..
It's an interesting point you make about how the copy is being supplied as InDesign doesn't like the text which has been supplied via Google Drive, though I don't know the source, I am having to set to print, convert to pdf and then import into InDesign.. Seems to be the only way it works..
The jacket itself is to feature special inks and spot UV and maybe printed onto a tactile material such as a cloth.. This detail has not been decided upon..
As suggested, I have used InDesign for many years, just never been approached to design something on this scale..