- Convert ASCII to LaTeX: (beyond the scope of this article)
- Produce a postscript file from the LaTeX source:
- latex novel.tex
- dvips novel.dvi
- Alternatively, if you're starting from an existing PDF (which is what I had to do, I had lost the LaTeX source) you can run pdftops to get to this step.
- Run psbook -q -s 8 novel.ps > novel_bookorder.ps — this rearranges the postscript file so that pages are in the following order 8, 1, 2, 7, 6, 3, 4, and 5. The -s 8 means use a signature of size 8. This will be useful during the next step.
- Run psnup -q -n 2 -p letter novel_bookorder.ps > novel_book.ps this puts two pages onto each 8.5x11 output page. Print the pages back to back. We will now have 4 pages on each sheet, two on the front and two on the back. The page will be in landscape orientation, but the printing will be side-by-side portrait. Coupled with the previous command we can now fold over two pages to form an 8-page signature
- Combine the signatures (sewing, stapling, choose your method)
- clamp the sewn signatures and run hot glue along the spine of the book, this would be the time to add a cover.
Make a book
I had been wondering about how to create a printed book from the novel that I had written a couple of years ago and I just now got it in my head to put everything together. I'll list the steps that I took from a big ASCII file to the printed page.