2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 27, 2012 12:51 AM by Eugene Tyson

    Writing a Book in ID for the first time - help requested...




      I am going to be writing a textbook in ID, and I am new to the program.


      Doing the work in 8.5 x 11 is straightforward, but there are going to be some smaller books I am going to need to make in

      6x9 in sizes and other smaller sizes so that they can be printed three or four pages to a sheet of paper in the digital print run.....


      Is this something I need to do in ID, or can all pages done in ID be reduced in size with Acrobat and then the printer can print multiple small pages on one sheet of say 11x17 paper?


      I am just trying to figure it out before I begin writing these 300 page tech manuals only to find out that I am later in big trouble because I did not format something correctly.


      Essentially, if I do all my pages in 8.5 x 11 and never need to go bigger than that (only smaller) will this ever present a problem? Or will I need to adjust my page size in advance before writing the smaller sized books (like dictionaries and quick referece guides---stuff that will be smaller than 8.5 x 11)


      Any help would be greatly appreciated.


      Best regards,



        • 1. Re: Writing a Book in ID for the first time - help requested...
          TᴀW Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Sorry to be negative, but my advice is: Don't write a book in InDesign.

          Write the book in the word-processor of your choice, such as Word. Then,

          when ALL your final, final edits are done in Word (which of course will

          never happen in the real world, but we can always dream), do the

          typesetting in InDesign. The first step would probably be placing the

          Word file and autoflowing it (press the shift-key when clicking with the

          loaded cursor).


          InDesign is not really a word-processor and slows you down when you're

          trying to just get your thoughts on paper.


          If you use Word correctly, you can save a HUGE amount of time at the

          typesetting stage. Last week I typeset 500 pages (two journals) in just

          over an hour, because the Word file had been properly prepared. The

          journals virtually typeset themselves (with the help of a few nifty

          scripts). Of course, as it happens I was the one who created the Word

          files as well, so I was really able to make sure the Word files were

          built in a typesetting-aware way. (In fact, this is the only time I've

          ever worked with Word files that are built correctly). By built

          correctly I mean -- EVERYTHING has paragraph styles and character

          styles. And there are NO unnecessary styles (except the bare minimum

          that Word forces the user to include).


          What I'm saying is that if you have the luxury of preparing the text

          yourself, it's not a demotion to begin working in Word. You can write

          and style the document in a typsetting-aware way in Word, and if you do

          it properly you will have done 70% of the TYPESETTING work when you move

          over to InDesign, even though you have not actually typeset anything in



          So if you're writing a book in InDesign for the first time, that's my





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          • 2. Re: Writing a Book in ID for the first time - help requested...
            Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Well - to answer your question


            8.5 x 11 does not equal in scale to 6 x 9


            8.5/6 = 1.41 and 11/9 = 1.22



            So you can't really scale the book to the new size.



            You would probably need to make a new document and resize the pages fit.



            If you wanted to scale the pages then I suggest you start at 7.3 x 11 rather than 8.5 x 11