This blog will show you how to make a book on a computer step by step. You will learn how to format your book, add images, and create chapters.
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Why would you want to make a book on a computer?
There are many reasons. You may want to create a family history book, or a cookbook with family recipes. Maybe you have a story to tell, or knowledge to share that would make a great book.Self-publishing is now easier and less expensive than ever before, so there’s no need to wait for a traditional publishing contract. You can publish your book yourself, and with the help of some simple software, you can do it entirely on your computer.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to use Microsoft Word to create your book, from start to finish. We’ll also give you some tips on design and layout, so your book looks professional and polished.
What you will need
To make a book on your computer, you will need a word processing program, a printer, and some paper. You will also need a way to bind your book. There are several ways to do this, including stapling, binding with tape, or using a binding machine.
If you want to make a hardcover book, you will need to purchase a hardcover bookbinding kit. These kits usually come with everything you need to make a professional-looking hardcover book, including a cover template and spine inserts.
Step One: Choose your book format
The first step in creating a book is to choose the right format. Are you going to write a novel, a non-fiction book, or a children’s book? Each format has different requirements, so it’s important to choose the right one from the start.
Novels are usually between 60,000 and 100,000 words, while non-fiction books can be any length. Children’s books are usually less than 10,000 words.
Once you’ve decided on your book’s format, you can move on to the next step.
Step Two: Choose your book size
The next step in creating your book is to choose the size. The most common sizes are 6″ x 9″ and 8.5″ x 11″. You can also choose an international size, such as A4 (210mm x 297mm) or B5 (176mm x 250mm). Once you know the dimensions of your book, you need to decide on the margin sizes. These are the white spaces that will be left on each page around your content. A good rule of thumb is to have inner margins (the ones closest to the binding) that are at least 1/2″ wider than your outer margins (the ones farthest from the binding).
Step Three: Choose your paper type
The next thing you need to do is choose your paper type. The three most common types of paper are bond, index, and photo paper. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Bond paper is the most common type of paper used for printing. It is inexpensive and has a good selection of colors. However, it is not as durable as other types of paper and can fade over time.
Index paper is thicker and more durable than bond paper. It is also more expensive. However, it does not have as many color choices as bond paper.
Photo paper is the most expensive type of paper. It is also the most durable and has the best selection of colors.
Step Four: Choose your cover type
Now that your interior is complete, it’s time to choose your cover! You have two main options for paperback covers:
-Matte: A beautiful, soft finish that doesn’t reflect light.
-Glossy: A shiny finish that does reflect light.
There are pros and cons to each—it really depends on your personal preferences. If you want a more natural look, matte is probably the way to go. If you want something that will pop on a bookshelf, glossy might be more your style.
Once you’ve decided on a cover finish, you also need to decide on a cover weight. The weight is measured in grams per square meter (gsm) and most paperback covers fall between 10 and 300 gsm. The lower the number, the thinner the paper; the higher the number, the thicker (and more expensive) the paper.
As a general rule of thumb, we recommend using at least 100 gsm for the front and back covers, and at least 70 gsm for the spine. This will give your book a professional look and feel without breaking the bank.
Step Five: Design your book
Now that you have all of your content ready, it’s time to start thinking about the design of your book. If you’re not a designer, don’t worry! There are plenty of places to find templates and pre-made designs that you can use.
One thing to keep in mind is that the design of your book should be complementary to the content. For example, if you’re writing a cookbook, you might want to include photos or illustrations along with the recipes. If you’re writing a novel, on the other hand, your focus will be on the text itself.
Before you start designing, it’s a good idea to take a look at some other books in your genre or field to get an idea of what is typically done. Once you have an idea of what you want your book to look like, you can start playing around with different layouts and designs.
If you’re using a word processing program like Microsoft Word or Google Docs, there are usually built-in templates that you can use. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can create your own design from scratch.
There are also a number of online bookmaking platforms that offer pre-designed templates that you can customize. Some of these platforms even offer drag-and-drop editors that make it easy to create a professional-looking book without any design experience.
Whichever route you decide to go, take some time to experiment until you find a design that feels right for your book.
Step Six: Publish your book
Now that your book is complete, it’s time to publish it. This can be done in a number of ways, depending on how you want to distribute your work.
If you just want to make a PDF version of your book for personal use or for distribution to a small number of people, you can use any word processing or layout software to create the file. Once you have a final version of the book in PDF format, you can upload it to a site like http://www.issuu.com/ and make it available for anyone to download.
If you want to make your book available for purchase as an e-book (that is, a file that can be read on an electronic device like a Kindle or iPad), there are a number of different ways to go about this. One option is to use a service like http://www.smashwords.com/, which will format your book for sale on popular e-book platforms like Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks.
Another option is to self-publish through companies like http://www.amazon.com/kindle-direct-publishing/ or https://www.apple.com/ibooks/. This involves more work on your part in terms of formatting and uploading your book, but it gives you more control over the pricing and distribution of your work.
Step Seven: Promote your book
To make your book more visible, you can create what’s called an ebook landing page. An ebook landing page is a website with a web address (URL) that you can share with people interested in your book.
You can use an ebook landing page to:
– Share information about your book
– Offer a place for people to sign up for your email list
– Provide a way for people to buy your book
– Showcase reviews of your book
– Offer bonus content for people who purchase your book
Now that you know how to make a book on a computer, you can create beautiful and professional-looking books without spending a lot of money. By following these simple steps, you can have your own book in no time.