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How to Prepare a Print and Digital Edition Book With Scribus

This tutorial will offer you some advice on how to use Scribus to The Tutorial is Broken up into Sections:
create print-ready files for our print program and how to prepare
an optimized digital edition PDF book. Books can be prepped for 1. What do I need to get started? GhostScript and ICC profiles
Black and- White, Standard Color and Premium color. Whether 2. Setting Up Your Scribus Document
you are preparing files for standard color or premium color,
3. Formatting a B&W Book Interior for Press with Scribus
the preparation is nearly identical. The only exception: cover
templates. Be sure to get the specific Standard or Premium Color Creating Master Pages
cover template from the Lightning Source website (premium color Adding and Formatting Text
paper stock is thicker, thus the spine of the book is wider). If you Adding Art
want to prepare a book in both color formats, you must prepare
Export Your Scribus File as a B&W Print-Ready PDF Interior
two different color cover files.
4. Formatting a Color Book Interior for Press with Scribus
All books going into the print program need two PDF files, the Creating Master Pages
cover file and the interior (or book block) file.
Adding and Formatting Text
There are two ways to produce a digital edition PDF presented in Adding Art
this tutorial. One way will use Scribus to directly export a PDF at a
Export Your Scribus File as a Color Print-Ready PDF Interior
resolution appropriate for viewing on computers and devices. The
other will use Acrobat Pro to optimize an existing high-resolution PDF. 5. How to Create Your Hardcover or Softcover File in Scribus
If you do not have Acrobat Pro and wish to test this process, you can Filling out the Cover Template Page
download a trial version from the Adobe website: www.adobe.com. Breaking Down the Cover Template
The screenshots shown in the tutorial use Scribus 1.4.0.rc2 How to Export Your Print-Ready PDF Cover
for Mac for the B&W book shots, Scribus for PC for the color 6. The Digital Edition
book shots, and Acrobat Pro 9 and X for Mac. If you are using Adding a Cover Image and Setting Up Pagination in Scribus
a different version of the software some of the instructions and
Adding Bookmarks to Your PDF eBook with Scribus
screenshots will be slightly different, but hopefully you can find the
right feature in your software version. Adding Hyperlinks to Your PDF eBook with Scribus
Exporting Your Scribus File as a PDF eBook
How Do I Get This Software? Optimizing a High Resolution PDF using Acrobat Pro
Scribus is available for free at www.scribus.net. Scribus is an Open 7. Tips and Things to Remember
Source program that brings professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, 8. What Do I Do Next?
Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops. 9. I Need More Help!

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1. What do I need to get started?
GhostScript and ICC profiles
Although you have now downloaded and installed Scribus, there are You will have to click through and declare that you are an end
a few more steps you will want to take before you being working. user, and then accept a Trademark Policy before you reach the
download page. Once there, Adobe supplies you with a list of
First, you will need to download and install GhostScript, which included profiles in the ZIP package and detailed instructions
Scribus needs in order to work properly. Current GhostScript about where to put these files after youve received them.
releases of execution files and zipped tar balls can be downloaded
for free from Ghostscript.com. Below are the lists of profiles you will receive from Adobe. Note
that US Web Coated (SWOP) v2 will be the color profile you will
Although Scribus does come with some basic color profiles that use to export your final press-ready PDF.
are useful for PDF exporting, you will need to download and install
professional printing color profiles, or ICC profiles, which are For more information about Scribus and ICC profiles, visit:
available for free from Adobe. These profiles are common standards
in the graphics industry and will ensure that the color information in http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Getting_and_installing_ICC_profiles
your press-ready PDF is consistent with standards the printer uses.
The direct URL to download these ICC profiles is:
www.adobe.com/downloads/other-downloads.html
Under ICC profiles, choose <Windows> or <Macintosh>.

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2. Setting Up Your Scribus Document
This is a basic step-by-step to help take you through all of the stages The Anatomy of a Book Page
to laying out a B&W book block in Scribus. For your convenience, we
have created a few template files for different standard book sizes to The outside edge is the Bleed Line. It may appear red when
make your layout work easier. You can find these templates on the the page is selected in Scribus. Any art or graphic that is
Print Templates and Tutorials of the Publisher Knowledge Base, intended to go all the way to the edge of the page must line up
under Title Management/ Book Printing. with this line.

If you plan to produce both print and digital editions, you should The red line just inside the Bleed Line is the Page Edge or
set up your book files to print specs and then produce a digital Trim Line. When the book is produced, the pages will be cut at
book from the same files. approximately this line. Text and art that doesnt bleed should
not go past it. Black and white books can be submitted to the
Open Scribus. Then in the File pull-down menu, open the template. printer at bleed size or trim size, depending on the content. Color
Make sure you are using the right template for your book size. books must be submitted to bleed size, regardless of content.
Click the Windows pull-down and open the Properties window.
The blue line between the Page Edge and Text Margin line
Color books have a few more hoops to jump through, so if you are is your Safe Area. Anything in this area should be safe when
working on a color book, please flip to that section of the tutorial. pages are cut. Anything that doesnt bleed can be well inside this
Please use the color interior guide ONLY for color books. margin but should never go outside of it as those elements may
be affected when the printed paper gets cut. For a digital book,
the size of this margin is more of a suggestion than a hard-and-
fast rule, so it can be adjusted to better fit your content if you are
only producing a digital edition. For print, this is not negotiable.
The inside red boxes are the Text Margin lines. Text stays in
this area. These lines will be red when selected in Scribus.
The black line in the center is the Gutter and is the inside spine
of the book.
The red dotted line in the center is called the Gutter Allowance.
The area between the Gutter Line and the Gutter Allowance
line should be free of any art, graphics or text. This is where
the pages are glued together and into the book cover. The glue
does not adhere well to color ink, so it is very important to keep
this area free from any printing items.
Gutter Allowance is used ONLY in color books.

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3. Formatting a B&W Book Interior for Press with Scribus
Creating Master Pages
Master Pages allow you to place borders, text and other
information once and it will appear on all the pages you select.
Go to the Insert pull-down menu and select Image Frame.
Click and drag to place frame for master page image. You can set the
frame size with the Properties window using the X,Y,Z tool or you can
manually resize it by clicking and dragging the blocks on the box.
Double-click on the box and select the graphic to import.

Once you have the page set the way you


would like, go to the Page pull-down menu
and select Convert to Master. Name and
save the master page.
Click on the page(s)
you wish to convert to
masters (hold the shift
key down), pull-down
the Page menu and
Use the Image tool in the Properties window to size the image select Apply Master
to the box simply by clicking the Scale to fit Frame Size button. Page. All the pages you
Tick the check box for Proportional to be sure the graphic is not chose will autoformat.
stretched.
If you missed where to find the Properties window in the beginning of
this tutorial please click the Windows pull-down menu and open the
Properties window. It will be used often.

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3. Formatting a B&W Book Interior for Press with Scribus
Adding and Formatting Text
To place simply text, open the file with your text and select the text
you want to place. Right click and choose Copy. Go back to your
Scribus file and click on the first page inside the text area, right click
on it and choose Paste to import and place all the text you selected.
It will not be formatted but it will all be there.

Now format the text. Open the Text menu in the Properties window.
Right click to select all the text and set the basic font and size for
the body text.
Justify text by selecting it all and clicking the Left Justify Text box in
the menu.
Once you have the body text adjusted you can go through and set
the headers by selecting them and setting the size and font with
the Text tool in the Properties window.
Remember the body text will be small so use a font that is easy to read
without many flourishes. Industry standard for size is 10pt to 12pt.
Things to avoid as you
If you have a lot of text to format you may want to set the body and
style text in your document:
header styles. Click the Edit pull-down menu and select Styles. In
the window that opens you can set the Headers (Character) and Widows: One single word
the Basic Body text (Paragraph). Once those are set, select the text or line at the bottom of a
to be modified and choose the style that will now appear under the column of text
Style Settings in the Text Tool to convert it. It is simple to navigate Orphans: One single
through the menu and can save you some time in the long run. word or line at the top of a
column of text
Hyphens between columns
of text

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3. Formatting a B&W Book Interior for Press with Scribus
Adding Art
1. To add art or graphics, first add an Image Frame by clicking 3. Before moving the text out 4. Then using the arrow tool
the Insert menu and choose Insert Image Frame. of the way of the Image from the top menu, resize the
Frame be sure it is unlocked. text box and size the Image
Simply double-click the text Frame.
and make sure the Is Locked
option is not checked.

2. A tab will attach to the curser. Click and drag to make a box to
place the art in.

5. When it is arranged, double-click on the Image Frame and select


the image to be placed.

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3. Formatting a B&W Book Interior for Press with Scribus
Adding Art (continued)
The selected graphic will be placed in the box and just need to be Simply clicking Scale to Frame size, the graphic will fill the frame.
sized using the Image tab in the Properties window. If the Proportional option is selected the graphic will remain
proportionate. If the graphic is larger in width or height then can
proportionally fit, it will fit to the smaller measure.

Continue this with each graphic to place them all.

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3. Formatting a B&W Book Interior for Press with Scribus
Export Your Scribus File as a B&W Print-Ready PDF Interior
Once you are ready to export, make sure the book or chapter is
set up as you would like it. Open Document Setup from your File
pull-down menu, make sure that Color Management is turned
on and that you have selected U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 as
your document CMYK and printer profiles. You must have Color
Management activated and color profiles assigned in order to
export a PDF/X-3 PDF for press.
Choose the File pull-down menu, then Export, then Save as PDF.
The window that opens will allow
you to review any errors that appear.
Make any adjustments you need to
the book before continuing. Make
sure your current Preflight Verifier
Profile is set to PDF/X-3.
When you are ready to export click Continue from this window and
set the following specifications in the next series of windows.

Under the General tab: Under the Fonts tab: Under the Color tab: Under the Pre-Press tab:
Make sure All Pages is selected, Make sure All Fonts are Make sure Output is set to Check Use Document Bleeds if
Compatibility is set to PDF/X-3, Embedded. Printer and Convert Spot Colors your book file has bleed.
and Maximum Image Resolution to Process Colors is checked. Please DO NOT include any
is checked and set to 300 dpi. printer marks in your final export.
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4. Formatting a Color Book Interior for Press with Scribus
Creating Master Pages
Master Pages allow you to place borders, text and other
information once and it will appear on all the pages you select.
Go to the Insert pull-down menu and select Image Frame.
Click and drag to place frame for master page image. You can set the
frame size with the Properties window using the X,Y,Z tool or you can
manually resize it by clicking and dragging the blocks on the box.
Double-click on the box and select the graphic to import.

Once you have the page set the way you


would like, go to the Page pull-down menu
and select Convert to Master. Name and
save the master page.
Click on the page(s)
you wish to convert to
masters (hold the shift
key down), pull-down
Use the Image tool in the Properties window to size the image to the the Page menu and
box simply by clicking the Scale to fit Frame Size button. Tick the select Apply Master
check box for Proportional to be sure the graphic is not stretched. Page. All the pages you
chose will autoformat.
If you missed where to find the Properties window in the beginning of
this tutorial please click the Windows pull-down menu and open the
Properties window. It will be used often.

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4. Formatting a Color Book Interior for Press with Scribus
Adding and Formatting Text
To place simply text, open the file with your text and select the text
you want to place. Right click and choose Copy. Go back to your
Scribus file and click on the first page inside the text area, right click
on it and choose Paste to import and place all the text you selected.
It will not be formatted but it will all be there.

Now format the text. Open the Text menu in the Properties window.
Right click to select all the text and set the basic font and size for
the body text.
Justify text by selecting it all and clicking the Left Justify Text box in
the menu.
Once you have the body text adjusted you can go through and set
the headers by selecting them and setting the size and font with
the Text tool in the Properties window.
Remember the body text will be small so use a font that is easy to read
without many flourishes. Industry standard for size is 10pt to 12pt.
Things to avoid as you
If you have a lot of text to format you may want to set the body and
style text in your document:
header styles. Click the Edit pull-down menu and select Styles. In
the window that opens you can set the Headers (Character) and Widows: One single word
the Basic Body text (Paragraph). Once those are set, select the text or line at the bottom of a
to be modified and choose the style that will now appear under the column of text
Style Settings in the Text Tool to convert it. It is simple to navigate Orphans: One single
through the menu and can save you some time in the long run. word or line at the top of a
column of text
Hyphens between columns
of text

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4. Formatting a Color Book Interior for Press with Scribus
Adding Art
1. To add art or graphics, first add an Image Frame by clicking 3. Before moving the text out 4. Then using the arrow tool
the Insert menu and choose Insert Image Frame. of the way of the Image from the top menu, resize the
Frame be sure it is unlocked. text box and size the Image
Simply double-click the text Frame.
and make sure the Is Locked
option is not checked.

2. A tab will attach to the curser. Click and drag to make a box to
place the art in.

5. When it is arranged, double-click on the Image Frame and select


the image to be placed.

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4. Formatting a Color Book Interior for Press with Scribus
Adding Art (continued)
The selected graphic will be placed in the box and just need to be Simply clicking Scale to Frame size, the graphic will fill the frame.
sized using the Image tab in the Properties window. If the Proportional option is selected the graphic will remain
proportionate. If the graphic is larger in width or height then can
proportionally fit, it will fit to the smaller measure.

Continue this with each graphic to place them all.

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4. Formatting a Color Book Interior for Press with Scribus
Export Your Scribus File as a Color Print-Ready PDF Interior
Once you are ready to export, make sure the book or chapter is
set up as you would like it. Open Document Setup from your File
pull-down menu, make sure that Color Management is turned
on and that you have selected U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 as
your document CMYK and printer profiles. You must have Color
Management activated and color profiles assigned in order to
export a PDF/X-3 PDF for press.
Choose the File pull-down menu, then Export, then Save as PDF.
The window that opens will allow
you to review any errors that appear.
Make any adjustments you need to
the book before continuing. Make
sure your current Preflight Verifier
Profile is set to PDF/X-3.
When you are ready to export click Continue from this window and
set the following specifications in the next series of windows.

Under the General tab: Under the Fonts tab: Under the Color tab: Under the Pre-Press tab:
Make sure All Pages is selected, Make sure All Fonts are Make sure Output is set to Check Use Document Bleeds.
Compatibility is set to PDF/X-3, Embedded. Printer and Convert Spot Colors
and Maximum Image Resolution to Process Colors is checked. Please DO NOT include any
is checked and set to 300 dpi. printer marks in your final export.
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5. How to Create Your Hardcover or Softcover File in Scribus
Filling out the Cover Template Page
To get the correct file for your book cover, fill out some details and
Lightning Source will generate a template for you.
Go to: http://www.lightningsource.com/covergenerator.aspx
13-digit ISBN: Enter all zeroes [000-0-00000-000-0]. Do not
enter a real ISBN even if your book has one.
Publisher Reference Number: Optional field for your own
stock code if you use one.
Trim Size: Select your book size.
Interior Color and Paper: Select if your book interior is B&W,
Standard Color, or Premium Color. Lightning Source has added
Standard Color which is printed on a thinner, more economical
paper than Premium Color. Since these are printed on different
paper stock, your cover templates spine width will change
depending on your interior content type, so be sure you are using
the correct setting.
Binding Type: Case Bound is Hardcover, (we do not offer
Cloth Bound), Perfect Bound is Softcover and Saddle Stitch is
Softcover for very low page count books under 48 pages.
Laminate Type: Select your choice.
Duplex Cover: Select No. We currently dont offer duplex covers.
Page Count: Your final page count, minus 1 (your page
count does not include the cover).
File Type: Select PDF.
Email: Your email address.
Optional Information: Leave them as they are.
Click Submit: The template will be generated and emailed to you.

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5. How to Create Your Hardcover or Softcover File in Scribus
Breaking Down the Cover Template
What are all of these colors? Regardless of what type of cover you are producing, the guides will look the same, just in different
proportions, and the book data will appear in different places depending on what format it is.
Pink Boxes show the Safe Area. No text, logos, borders, boxes, or barcodes should extend outside this area. Each part (back cover,
spine, and front cover) has a safe area.
Blue Boxes show the Bleed Area. Any background color (white for example), pattern, gradient or image that you wish to extend to
the edge of your cover should extend to, but not past, the Blue Box.
White Space shows the Template Area. None of your cover elements should be in this area. Please do not alter any of the
information in this area.
Black horizontal and
vertical lines are the
Trim and Fold Marks.
This is where your
spine will fold and
your book will be cut
after it is bound with
the interior pages.
The Barcode inside
the barcode box on
the back cover should
be deleted or covered. 1.75 wide by 1 inches tall.
Lightning Source will
place your barcode
for you. If you do not
remove the sample
one here, your cover
will be rejected. If
you would like to Sample Cover Template
designate where the
barcode should be
placed, use a white
box for placement,
sized to 1.75 wide by
1 inches tall.

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5. How to Create Your Hardcover or Softcover File in Scribus
Breaking Down the Cover Template (continued)

Producing a cover file in Scribus is easy. Lets start by


making sure everything you need is available. Once
Lightning Source emails you the cover template open it
up in any image editing program, and take a look at it.
Where the file data is on the template will be different Document info
depending on what type of cover you are building, but Document 23X14
it will be at the bottom somewhere. Double check that
the book specs, cover size, and type are correct. In this
area it will also give you a document size. Make note
of this as you will need it later. Then choose Save As...
in whatever program you have opened the file in and
save the file as a JPG.

Now open Scribus and this handy window will come up. Set the
specifications as follows:
Document Layout: Single Page
Size: Custom
Orientation: Landscape
Width and Height (under options set the Default Unit from Points
to Inches) set to the Document Size from the document size taken
from the template. In this case...
Width: 23 Height - 14
Margin Guides: Set to 0
Default Unit: Inches
Then click OK.

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5. How to Create Your Hardcover or Softcover File in Scribus
Breaking Down the Cover Template (continued)

Now the window will open up with the file size all set for
the template to be placed.
Go to the Insert pull-down and select Insert Image
Frame. You can click and drag to make it the same
size as the page, or you can use the X,Y,Z tab in the
Properties window to set it exactly to the document size,
in this case 23X14 (preferred).
Then double-click the frame to placece
the template you saved as a JPG. As
g
you can see this is similar to placing
art in the interior file.
Remember to click Scale To Frame e
Size and tick Proportional to fit the
template properly.
No you can right
Now ght click on the
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template and lock it in place. Once
its locked it will stay in place and be
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spine and back cover art if they are
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separate files.

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5. How to Create Your Hardcover or Softcover File in Scribus
Breaking Down the Cover Template (continued)
To add text to the cover select the Insert
pull-down menu and select Insert Text
pu
Fr
Frame. Click and drag your curser to make
a fframe where you want the text to go.
Th choose the Type Tool from the menu
Then
on the top (it is a capital A). Type what you
need into the box and then use the Text tool
ne
for the Properties menu on the right, to
form
ad
adjust the font, size, etc.

Be careful where you place your text, make sure it is easy to read.
If you are losing text in the background you can change the color
or add a drop shadow with the Text tool in the Properties window.
You can add text to the back cover and the spine as well. To turn
the text so it fits properly on the spine once you have it typed
in and looking as you would like it, use the X,Y,Z tool in the
Properties menu to Rotate to 270.
Once you have everything where you want it, you are ready to
produce the PDF file.

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5. How to Create Your Hardcover or Softcover File in Scribus
How to Export Your Print-Ready PDF Cover
Open Document Setup from your File pull-down menu,
make sure that Color Management is turned on and that
you have selected U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 as your
document CMYK and printer profiles. You must have Color
Management activated and color profiles assigned in order to
export a PDF/X-3 PDF for press.
To export, use the File pull-down menu, select Export,
and then Save as PDF. The window that opens will allow
you to review any errors that appear. Make sure your
current Preflight Verifier profile is set to PDF/X-3. Make
any adjustments you need to the book before continuing.
Correct all errors before you export.
When you are ready to export click Continue from this
window and set the following specifications in the next
series of windows then click Save.

Under the General tab: Under the Fonts tab: Under the Color tab: Under the Pre-Press tab:
Make sure All Pages is Make sure All Fonts are Make sure Output is set to Make sure none of the boxes
selected, Compatibility is set to Embedded. Printer and Convert Spot Colors are checked on this page.
PDF/X-3, and Maximum Image to Process Colors is checked. Please DO NOT include any
Resolution is checked and set printer marks in your final export.
to 300 dpi.
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6. The Digital Edition
Adding a Cover Image and Setting Up Pagination in Scribus
Before you begin any method of PDF export described, make sure Next you need to set up your page numbers. Pull
your front and back cover files are the first and second pages of your down the File menu from the top of your screen,
PDF digital edition. then select and open Document Setup. The
Document Setup dialog box will open. From the
You can add two pages to the beginning of your interior text file list at the left-hand side of the box, scroll down to
document, and then place your cover images on those pages. and select Sections. Click the Add button at the
Then, you will want to change the pagination of the cover pages bottom of the box to add a new section. You may
to Roman numerals (i, ii). This is a good idea to do because the have to click through an error or warning box to
cover pages wont goof up the interior book block pagination. add one. This is okay.
Those page numbers will still reference the Table of Contents.
Manually change the row
To add pages to your Scribus document, pull down the Pages menu 0 to reflect From page 1
at the top of your screen. The Insert Page dialog box will open. In the and To page 2, then pull
Insert Page(s) field, add 2. Set the drop-down menu to before Page, down to the Style drop-
then make sure the page number to the right is set at 1. Click OK. down menu to choose
Roman numerals (i, ii, iii).
Then manually change
row 1 to reflect From
page 3 and To whatever
the last page of the
document is, then pull down the Style drop-down menu to choose
Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3). Click Apply, then OK.
Now if you check your Document Pages in your Arrange
Pages palette, you can see that the correct pagination is
in effect.
Now, place your cover images. Just follow the instructions
in this tutorial under Adding Art and/or Adding and
Formatting Text.

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6. The Digital Edition
Adding Bookmarks to Your PDF eBook with Scribus
To make navigating through a large PDF book easier, bookmarks can Now check your Bookmarks palette.
be made in your Scribus document, which can be exported and used You will see a list of Bookmarks you
in your final PDF digital edition. A good use of bookmarking is to place have made. As you can see below,
one at the first page of every chapter in your book, so readers can when compared to my TOC to the right,
jump straight to the chapter of the book where they last left it. ookmarks are not in document
my bookmarks
order.
There are a few things about bookmarks in Scribus you should
know before you begin. The first is that bookmarks can only be
made using text frames. The second is that bookmarks are not
listed in the order they occur in the document, but rather by the
order they were created. That means you will want to review the
order of your bookmarks before you export your final PDF and
rearrange them as necessary.
First, make sure your
Bookmark palette is open. This iss easily corrected.
corrected Using your mouse
mous cursor, just drag and
Expand the Windows hem.
drop your bookmarks to rearrange them.
menu at the top of your
screen. If Bookmarks is es
The screenshot to the right illustrates
checked, your palette is that you can even nest a bookmark
open somewhere. If its underneath another bookmark,
not checked, select it to creating sublevels.
open it now.
Remember to test the bookmarks
Now right-click on the in your final exported PDF to make
text box you would like sure the page destinations you havee
to set as a bookmark. established are all correct.
A contextual menu will
open. Navigate to PDF
Options, then select Is
PDF Bookmark. Repeat
this action on every text
box in your document
that you would like to
bookmark.

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6. The Digital Edition
Adding Hyperlinks to Your PDF eBook with Scribus
In some digital books, you may want to add links between pages The Annotation Properties dialog box will
that occur in your document, such as links from the entries in your open. From the Type drop-down menu,
Table of Contents to your chapter starts, or links to destinations choose Link.
outside your document, such as a web URL. Scribus can do these!
Then set your Destination details. Choose
If you choose to add interactivity to your digital edition, make sure to the correct page number in the Page field,
test each created link in your final PDF after export. either by clicking through using the arrows
or by directly typing the page number into
Adding links between pages the field.
To add a link from one page to A thumbnail of your selected page will
another, first make sure that display in the window to the right. Your
your PDF Tools bar is open mouse cursor will turn into crosshairs when you hover over this
and available for use. To find thumbnail image. Click on the part of the page in the thumbnail
this, expand the Windows pull- you would like to set as your link destination. The X and Y
down menu from the top of coordinates of that location will automatically calculate. Click OK.
your screen and make sure
PDF Tools is checked. Adding links to destinations outside your document
Find the PDF Tools bar. It To set an external destination, such as a web link, begin the same
looks like this screenshot to way. Select the Insert Link Annotation button from the PDF Tools
the right. Click the Insert Link bar and draw a box over your source area. Right-click to expand
Annotation button. It looks the contextual menu, navigate down to PDF Options, and choose
like two manly footprints. Annotation Properties.
Now draw a box around your Now, choose External Web-Link from the
source area, then right-click Type menu. In the Destination field, type
on it to expand a contextual or paste the web URL you intend to use.
menu. Navigate down to (Dont forget to include the http:// part of
PDF Options and choose the address!)
Annotation Properties.

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6. The Digital Edition
Exporting Your Scribus File as a PDF eBook
This is a basic step-by-step to help take you through all the stages Once you have inserted your cover images and corrected your
of exporting your file as a digital edition. pagination, pull down the File menu, navigate down to Print. Then
select Save as PDF.
Now that your interior book block file and cover images are completely
set up, you can easily export them as a digital edition ebook.
Your front and back cover files should be the first and second
pages or the first and last pages of your PDF digital edition. You
can add two pages to your interior text file document, and then
place your cover images on those pages. Save your document
before you begin the next step.
There are two methods covered in this tutorial:
1. Export a PDF directly from Scribus, adjusting your PDF
export settings to make them appropriate for viewing on a
computer, a tablet or other mobile device.
2. Use an existing high-resolution or high quality PDF
and optimize it in Acrobat Pro using the Preflight Print
Production Tool.

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6. The Digital Edition
Exporting Your Scribus File as a PDF eBook (continued)
A print dialog box will Under the Fonts Tab,
open. The General Tab a list of available
should be the first of fonts should be
six tabs you will see. In listed. Click Embed
the Output to File field, All at the right to
change the name of include all the
your PDF book to make document fonts in
sure you dont overwrite your PDF file.
any high-resolution PDF
versions.
After you have saved
your file with a new
name, start by making
these changes in the
General Tab. Under the Viewer
Tab, make sure the
File Options -
Single Page radio
Compatibility:
button is checked
PDF 1.5 (Acrobat 6)
under Document
File Options -
Layout, and Use
Check Include
Viewers Defaults
Bookmarks if your
under Visual
file has Bookmarks.
Appearance.
Compression
Method: Automatic
Compression
Quality: High
Maximum Image
Resolution: 150 dpi

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6. The Digital Edition
Exporting Your Scribus File as a PDF eBook (continued)
THIS BIT IS Under the Pre-
IMPORTANT! Press Tab, make
Please do not use sure your document
any Security settings bleed is set to 0
in your digital edition inches all around.
export. The ability to You may want
copy/paste or print to leave the Use
the digital edition Document Bleeds
can be managed on box unchecked.
out site under the
File Security settings
in your Product File
information when
you upload the book.
Any security settings
imposed on your uploaded digital edition will hinder our automatic When youve finished adjusting your export settings, click Save to
watermarking process during customer check-out. export your digital edition PDF.

Under the Color


Tab, make sure the
Output Intended For
drop-down menu is
set to Screen/Web.

You may wish to check your final PDF on multiple computers


or tablets before uploading it to your Publisher Account.
This ensures that your digital book looks the way you want
across many different devices and that no export errors were
inadvertently made. It gives you a chance to correct any settings
and fix any problems before the book goes live for sale.

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6. The Digital Edition
Optimizing a High Resolution PDF using Acrobat Pro

Using the Preflight Print Production tool The Preflight dialog box will open.
Expand the profiles for Digital
You can take a high-resolution printing and online publishing, and
PDF and process it for web and choose Online publishing (optimize
device viewing by using this tool in for quality). Then click the Analyze
the full version of Adobe Acrobat. and fix button at the bottom right-
Again, your file should include hand corner of the box.
the front and back covers at the
front of the document and have
pagination that sets those pages
off from the rest of the book.
Open your PDF file in Adobe
Acrobat. Depending on the version
of Acrobat that you are using, you
can either expand the Tools pane
from the upper right hand corner A dialog box will open, prompting you to save the file. Make sure to
of your window, expand the Print Acrobat 9 and earlier change your file name slightly so as not to overwrite your high-resolution
Production tools and navigate print PDF file. Click Save. Then the Preflight process will begin.
down to Preflight (Version X) or pull
down the Advanced menu from the Once Preflighting is done, the
application bar, and navigate down Preflight dialog box will list a report
to Preflight (Versions 9 and earlier). of tasks completed. If your file was
successfully processed, a green
check mark will appear in the top
left-hand corner of the window. If
To learn more about using it failed, a red X will appear in the
Adobe Acrobat Pro for book- same place. On failure, you can
marking and hyperlinking, refer poke through the process report in
to DriveThrus Quick Specs on the dialog box to see what elements
the How do I prepare download failed, and then go back and fix
files for my digital title? page those elements before trying to
of the Publisher Knowledge Preflight again.
Base, under Title
Management/Digital Titles. Acrobat X

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7. Tips and Things to Remember
All Images must be CMYK for color format or Grayscale for B&W format
Specifications and all at a 300dpi/ppi resolution.
When preparing your cover remember to subtract one page from DO NOT use transparency in your images or JPEG2000 compression in
the final page count! Our printer requires that the final page of a any linked or embedded JPEG art files, even if it reduces your file size.
Apples iPad and iPhone cannot display images using JPEG2000
book be completely blank, therefore they add a blank page during
compression or files with transparency attributes.
premedia setup of your print files. Our printer needs the final
Text should be 100% black (CMYK values of 0% Cyan, 0% Magenta, 0%
page blank to add an internal production tracking barcode to that
Yellow, and 100% Black or Key). Other black elements should NOT be built
page. This barcode is used to scan the book interior during book in Registration black, use Rich black (C 60 / M 40 / Y 40 / K 100).
binding to be sure that the correct cover is put on the correct book CMYK total value should NOT exceed 240%.
interior. (This production barcode is unrelated to and should not be Header fonts should be 24pts to 14pts, Body Fonts 10pts to 12pts.
confused with any ISBN or UPC barcodes.)
Avoid leaving a single word at the end of a paragraph or a single line at the
Depending on a books interior type (color or B&W) and its size, top or bottom of a column of text.
the final page count of a book must be evenly divisible by 4 or 6. Embed all fonts (all font families used, including both screen and printer).
Therefore, it is best for you to submit book interiors that are one page For best results, text should be at least 0.25 from trim edges of the book.
less than an evenly divisible page count so the printer can add the Its best to leave at least 0.5 between the text and the edge of the spine.
blank page at the end and then print the book at that page count,
For covers of books less than 48 pages, do NOT place text on the spine.
otherwise the printer may have to add additional blank pages to the
end of the book in order to make it evenly divisible and printable. Covers should be produced on a document page, wide enough to
encompass the front, spine and back of the book, along with bleed on all
The following table summarizes whether a book type and size sides. Use the template you received via email from the Lightning Source
cover template generator.
requires a page count divisible by 4 or 6.
Do not add information such as crop marks, web-press comments, etc.
Size Divisible By The recommended barcode box size is 1.75 wide by 1 tall.
6.14 x 9.21 and smaller 6 You can place a barcode box anywhere on your back cover that you prefer.
6.69 x 9.61 and larger 4 Leave the box blank white. Our printer will fill in a production barcode during
prepress.
DO NOT use PDF/A profile compliance for your exported PDF.
When using the cover template, specify the final page count with
the blank page added, but when submitting your interior file, make DO NOT lock or use security settings in your exported PDF. This means
imposing password protection as well as turning off the ability to copy/paste
it one page less than that final page count.
or print from the PDF.
For example, when doing a large, B&W interior book, you might These options can be managed under the File Security settings in your
Product File information on the DriveThru site when you upload your
want a final page count of 120 pages. Use 120 for the page count book. Any security settings imposed on your uploaded digital edition will
when using the cover template generator on Lightning Sources cause errors during the automatic watermarking process at the point of
site. When you submit your book interior PDF file, make it 119. customer check-out.
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8. What Do I Do Next? 9. I Need More Help!
Once you have finished producing and testing your new digital Your publisher service rep is not really an expert on digital
edition formats, youre ready to upload! layout, so chances are slim that he or she will be able to answer
questions not answered in this tutorial. However, please do email
Log into your DriveThru account, and go to your Publisher Hub us your questions anyway so we can help find an answer if we
on the Publish page. If you have not already set up a title record, can and also so that we can improve this tutorial so it answers
go to TITLE MANAGEMENT/Set up a new title to do so. more questions for everyone.
If you have any questions or need more information about how to If you have decided that you dont care to do your own file layout, you
proceed with filling out this form, you may also find it helpful to follow can find people with professional skills and contract them to create
our Book Walkthrough located in the Publisher Knowledge Base. your print files. The cost of this work depends on how much of the
work you do yourself before handing it over. You can find freelance
After a successful upload, you can choose to activate your title for layout professionals at sites like www.upwork.com.
live sale! How exciting!
We can also recommend someone for layout if you would like.
Please contact Publisher Services for details.

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