How to set up your PDF document for a print on demand book or magazine

How to set up your PDF document for a print on demand book or magazine


In this video, you can learn how to set up your document to print a book or magazine. For books and magazines, you can upload PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, PPS or PPSX. The following steps apply to magazines and softcover books. The first page of your document will be the front cover. The second page will be on the inside of the front cover. The second last page of your document will be put on the inside of the back cover. The last page of your document will be the back cover. Please note that if your file has an odd number of pages, your back cover will be white. The following steps apply to hardcover books. The first page of your document will be the front cover. The first page inside your book will be white. The content of your book starts on the left side of your book, which is page 2 of your file. The last page of your hardcover book will be white. The last page of your document will be the back cover of your hardcover book. Please note that if your document has an odd number of pages, your back cover will be white. For a magazine, a file with a minimum of 16 pages is needed. For a softcover book, a file with a minimum of 22 pages is needed. For a hardcover book, a file with a minimum of 24 pages is needed. Please do not add cut marks or bleeds – we will generate them for you. Please do not put important content or text too close to the borders of your pages. Do you have spreads in your document? Near the fold, a certain part of the content cannot really be seen. The best trick is to make a spread that has a little overlap near the fold. So, a little bit of the right photo page should be on the left photo page near the fold, and vice versa. It’s important to use the right resolution for the images in your document. A simple way to check this is to open your file in Adobe Acrobat and zoom in to 200%. If you see pixelated images, your images are not suitable for print.

2 thoughts on “How to set up your PDF document for a print on demand book or magazine”

  1. Very confusing – one has no idea how many white pages will appear at the beginning and end of the book. And why does the content start on the left hand page?

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