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Searching for very small book template

Postby neverendingwonder » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:36 pm

I would like to layout a book made from an 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper folded in quarters, so that each page of the book is 4.25" X 5.5". I've searched the template repository and there's nothing like that. Does anyone know if such a template exists? Thanks for any suggestions or guidance.
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Re: Searching for very small book template

Postby robleyd » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:54 pm

If you see a template that otherwise suits you, could you not change the page size and save the changed document as your template?
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Re: Searching for very small book template

Postby John_Ha » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:49 pm

It's covered in the manual. Either:

1. Use an 8.5 x 11 page size for editing, and use the print dialogue to choose to print four pages per sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper size, or

2. Go Format > Page > Page. In Format choose User and set the page size to 4.5 x 5.5.

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Re: Searching for very small book template

Postby keme » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:23 pm

Wordprocessors usually have support for printing to single fold (folio). Look for "brochure printing" or similar phrases.

Print for multiple fold, like quarto (as requested here), sexto or octavo, requires some pages to be turned upside down. This is not available with any wordprocessing software I have used. Plugins may exist, but I haven't been able to locate any in the official repository.

DTP software may (should?) have it. However, a quick search did not reveal any solution for Scribus. Sorry!

If your print hardware can handle it, my best bet would be brochure print on half letter size paper (which may be listed as "Statement", "Half-sheet", or "Organizer Large" sheet size).
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Re: Searching for very small book template

Postby John_Ha » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:26 pm

keme wrote:Print for multiple fold, like quarto (as requested here), sexto or octavo, requires some pages to be turned upside down. This is not available with any wordprocessing software I have used.

Workarounds include

1. Cut the 8.5 x 11 paper in half. Print as a brochure on the 5.5 x 8.5 paper.

2. Print to a PDF. Use Adobe Reader Take Snapshot to take images of the pages in the PDF. Save as PNG files with identical pixel counts. Arrange the images in a table on an 8.5 x 11 page. Print the page. Inversion and cropping etc can be done with IrfanView. See the Tutorial on PDF for Snapshot.
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Re: Searching for very small book template

Postby RoryOF » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:43 pm

John_Ha's suggestion for printing on half letter (Brochure) sized paper is simplest, provided your printer can handle (and duplex, if a doublesided printer) that paper size.

In the past I did see a PDF application that imposed smaller pages on a larger sheet for printing doublesided, but I cannot remember where or when (+5 years ago?).
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Re: Searching for very small book template

Postby John_Ha » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:57 pm

RoryOF wrote:provided your printer can handle (and duplex, if a doublesided printer) that paper size.

.. and, of course, you don't have to cut the paper in half before printing. Lie to the printer and tell it the sheet is 5.5" tall. Print.

Now turn the sheet upside down and print on the blank half.

Or cut the sheet in half and print in landscape.

There are so many options ...
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Re: Searching for very small book template

Postby RoryOF » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:15 pm

One's local print shop will often chop a ream (or quantity) of paper in half (sometimes out of kindness, other times to make you go away!).
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