PDF To Book

  • Create a PDF
    Create a PDF

    Create a PDF from any application

    If you use Word, Google Docs, Pages, or OpenOffice, your PDF is but a few clicks away.
    Already use Adobe® InDesign®? Download our plug-in to easily create Blurb-ready books.

     

    Formats for any kind of project

    • Trade Books
      Trade Books
      Affordable paperbacks and hardbacks are ideal for distribution.
      From for 24 pages
    • Magazines
      Magazines
      The magazine format offers a sleek solution to serial content.
      From for 20 pages
    • Photo Books
      Photo Books
      Stunning photo books for creative expressions of all kinds.
      From for 20 pages

     

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    • Paper Samples
      The right paper makes all the difference. Order a swatch kit to see for yourself.
    • Shipping Calculator
      Regardless of where you’re shipping your book, you can calculate the cost upfront.
    • Volume Printing
      Print one book at a time or print in volume for deeper discounts and lower per unit costs.

     

    Ready to get started?

    Choose your format and get detailed specifications for bleed, trim, and margins to make your book or magazine pixel perfect.

     

     

     

  • Review PDF Settings
    Review PDF Settings

    File Checklist

    • Create the cover last after your final page count is known
    • Use the correct dimensions for files
    • Files must have an even number of pages
    • Design your book with a single page on the right, followed by two-page spreads, and ending with a single page on the left
    • Page counts for 5x8 and 6x9 books must be divisible by six
    • Use only 100% black ink for text
    • Do not use spot or registration color
    • For advanced users, fine tune colors with our ICC profile
    • Rasterize overly complex vectors (e.g. Illustrator or CAD art)
    • For full-bleed printing, stretch images to the page's edge


    Review your PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader

    Adobe Acrobat Reader is the best way to check your exported PDF. It is the most accurate proof of how your book will look in print. Online, low-resolution previews (such as our book preview) are not as precise of a proof for inspecting you PDF prior to upload. Download it for free and make sure your Adobe Reader settings match the below.

     

    • Adobe Reader - Open Preferences
    • Preferences Settings
      1. Open the Preferences:
      Go to Page Display and ensure the following:
      • Use local fonts is not checked
      • Use Overprint Preview is set to Always
      • Show art, trim, & bleed boxes is selected
    • Adobe Reader - Units & Guides
    • 2. Go to Units:
      • In Page Units, select Points
      • Click OK to save your settings
    • Adobe Reader - Page Display
    • 3. In the menu, go to View -> Page Display:
      • Select Two Page View and Show Cover Page in Two Page Spread

      Please note: Your book should start with a single page, followed by two-page spreads, and end with a single page.

    • Adobe Reader - Preview Tips
    • Preview Tips
      Open your exported PDF files to see how your book will print.
      Check for the following:
      • Your cover is a single page document
      • Look for any missing or reflowed text
      • No Registration or Trim marks
      • The Trim and Bleed boxes should be visible so that you can see what will be trimmed off when the book is finished.
      • Check that elements are overprinting or knocking out as expected.

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  • Upload a PDF
    Upload a PDF

    Before you upload...

    1. Make sure your file dimensions are the correct dimensions
    2. Export your PDF and review the checklist under Review PDF Settings
    3. Upload away!

     

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