Lukas Engqvist
Media Teacher

Let's make a book

Project Published 3/12/14 Last updated on 5/15/18

This is a step by step walkthrough to make a simple children's book using material from the site Project Gutenberg.

I have also made available the InDesign source files so that you may add or modify the instructions :)

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Internet connection, InDesign, Bridge 

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Emma Watson

Posted on 2/1/20 5:02:27 AM Permalink

A.J. Lara

Posted on 11/28/19 4:41:50 AM Permalink

​Good resource. Will help anyone make a book. Thanks for sharing.

William Cortez

Posted on 5/22/19 11:18:42 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing. It is instructive and a good project for students.​

Mike Victorio

Posted on 5/21/19 12:23:48 AM Permalink

​This is a great resource material

Adrian Chorlton

Posted on 1/28/19 10:41:16 AM Permalink

​Good resource, thanks. Two errors I think. The image size should be 3x3 inches not 4x4. Mini bridge has been discontinued in CC 2018-19

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on 1/28/19 4:59:54 PM Permalink

Yes it needs an update, and was planning on a playlist of videos with learning opportunities. It's on my todo list… but the instructions are also there as idml and zip, so that you can edit and adapt as you see fit ;

Warren Oliver

Posted on 7/16/18 4:09:04 PM Permalink

This is a great resource , thank you for sharing.​

Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/15/18 3:37:37 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing these great resources

David Badgley

Posted on 5/3/15 1:11:06 PM Permalink

The resources are great and the instructions very easy to follow. Success!!

Mats Soderberg

Posted on 9/17/14 12:02:46 PM Permalink

Great resource, tack

Alisha Crawford

Posted on 8/28/14 6:01:41 PM Permalink

So now it's time for me to make a book with InDesign, I'll try this out.

Marc Ronquillo

Posted on 5/16/14 7:12:48 PM Permalink

For some reason, the "Lets Make a Book" PDF is only one page. Is there a way to get the complete tutorial?

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on 5/16/14 9:06:35 PM Permalink

I just double-checked and I get the 5 page PDF (instructions.PDF). The IDML file does not have any links, but is a supplement to the Resource file so that the instructions are not only for those with CC. I'm not sure why you are only seeing one page. Are you opening the PDF in the browser? What OS and browser are you using? Sometimes right clicking and choosing "save as…" and then choosing the location of the Pdf will help to get the full file.

Marc Ronquillo

Posted on 5/16/14 10:13:33 PM Permalink

Right-clicking did the trick! Thanks

Paul Johnston

Posted on 5/10/14 11:42:27 AM Permalink

Cool resource - thanks for sharing!

Lorraine Dobson

Posted on 5/8/14 2:18:57 AM Permalink

ARe you able to write the tutorial for CS4, most of the fonts etc wont run for me:(

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on 5/16/14 9:04:04 PM Permalink

There are some things that are slightly different in CS4. I need to dig my old computer to remember what they are. I have an older computer with CS4 and I will see if I can modify it. The actual fonts you use are not important for the task though. I will get back with a new comment once I've tried it on CS4 :)

Lorraine Dobson

Posted on 5/20/14 3:36:38 AM Permalink

thank you

Mircea Lungu

Posted on 5/7/14 7:48:15 AM Permalink

Thank you for this great resource! I haven't used InDesign so far, but this step-by-step walkthrough is a great starting point for me. Very kind of you to include the source files and the links to collect the text and the images from the Project Gutenberg! An excellent InDesign project!

Alexanser Osei

Posted on 5/7/14 6:31:54 AM Permalink

I find this task fascinating and I'll tacle it.

Willie Moore

Posted on 5/6/14 1:12:46 PM Permalink

Thanks for the resource!

Gail Beane

Posted on 4/23/14 9:59:23 PM Permalink

Thank you!

Gail Beane

Posted on 4/23/14 12:41:58 AM Permalink

Do you have this available as an .IDML file for those of us still using Illustrator CS6?

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on 4/23/14 7:06:18 PM Permalink

Sure I'll put up a resource, the links will be the same as the Indesign file, so you will need that resource too (I originally had it included, but sad to say i missed including it when i did the last fixes)

Brian Dawson

Posted on 4/5/14 9:13:00 PM Permalink

I am so ready to do this Lukas! Since you have had my iBook I have also been experimenting with InDesign and the DPS. You know this is very exciting! Can't wait!

Brian Dawson

Posted on 3/12/14 6:31:50 PM Permalink

I'm sure your existing book would be a great starting point. Thanks

Brian Dawson

Posted on 3/12/14 4:02:05 PM Permalink

Hello Lukas,

Will you PLEASE do a session on making a book at the summer institute? I really need to learn InDesign and hope a session on this would be the catalyst I need to do that! Please??? :)

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on 3/12/14 6:27:22 PM Permalink

Would love to :)

Also hope to be able to get more resources up to fill the gap between beginner and advance. Biggest problem is most of my resources are in Swedish, and not cleared for distribution on the web.