Set up a copy of a book side by side

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I'm not too familiar with Indesign but I would like to know if it is possible to lay out two copies of a book side by side so when the 8.5 x 11 paper is cut in half  I have two copies of an 8.5 x 5.5 book.

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

Set up your 156 page book as a 5.5 x 8.5 file (InDesign file or pdf), create a new InDesign file at 11 x 8.5, add the needed pages from the pages panel, place each page in the top left corner, then step & repeat each page, export to a new pdf.

A much simpler method is to use a (free) script to place multiple pages:

https://creativepro.com/zanelli-releases-multipageimporter-for-importing-both-pdf-and-indd-files/

If you search this forum, you can easily learn how to use it, so I won't give you ste

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Yes, you could set up the pages as such. 

How many pages in all?

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There are 156 pages.


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If you're going to print this on a desktop printer, I think you're going to get in trouble with the imposition, registration and trimming, not to mention the binding.

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There would be no imposition. Page 2 would follow page 1 and so forth. I
would like two copies of page 1 on a sheet followed by two copies of page
2, etc. My outside and inside margins would be set at 1". I don't think
imposition and registration should be a problem. If I can set it up that
way.

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The Print dialog has 1x2 Thumbnails, but I’m not sure if the 5.5" x 8.5" page will print at 100%

 

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Set up your 156 page book as a 5.5 x 8.5 file (InDesign file or pdf), create a new InDesign file at 11 x 8.5, add the needed pages from the pages panel, place each page in the top left corner, then step & repeat each page, export to a new pdf.

A much simpler method is to use a (free) script to place multiple pages:

https://creativepro.com/zanelli-releases-multipageimporter-for-importing-both-pdf-and-indd-files/

If you search this forum, you can easily learn how to use it, so I won't give you step-by-step instructions here, but after installing the script, you would run the script to place all pages in the top left corner, then run the script again to place all pages offset 5.5" to the right, creating two-up pages, save and export to a new pdf.

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Thank you so much for your kind help. That works perfect!

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