2 documents.

1st is the front and back covers.

2nd document is the 56 pages of the booklet I want to create.

I would like to print these pages and perfectly bind the book by hand. Is there a way to set the pages in the correct order in Indesign? I have been told that I would need to create signatures and that these will go inside the book. How do I tell Indesign to make these signatures in the correct order?

from what I have read here: How do I print my book using Indesign cs6 and have the pages come out in the right order?

This person is trying to do the same and 2-up Perfect Bound does not work.

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    What doesn't work about "2-up Perfect Bound"? Commented Apr 9, 2016 at 15:25
  • The correct order for pages in a perfect bound book is generally the same as reading order! You print single pages double sided, that's it. Perfect binding can be done by sewing signatures together then glueing but since you are binding this yourself there's no need to do that.
    – Cai
    Commented Apr 9, 2016 at 20:15

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Perfect (sometimes called double-fan) binding does not require signatures, but rather creates a text block for the book from single, unfolded pages. It is a process for applying glue to the binding edges of loose pages to join them with glue only. I am worried that you might be confusing perfect binding with another type of binding.

To print sheets for a perfect binding, create page spreads when you setup the InDesign document, and format normally. When you print, let InDesign know to setup for a 2-sided print job. If you have issues with getting InDesign to print, just export the .idd as a high quality .pdf of single sheets, and print as a 2-sided document.

  • Perfect binding can be combined with signatures sewn together then glued.
    – Cai
    Commented Apr 9, 2016 at 20:12

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