How to create a spine for your book in InDesign

Not sure how to create a spine for your InDesign book, or what size the spine should be?

If you have a supported version of Adobe InDesign (currently CS3-CS6, and all versions of InDesign CC) then you should download and install our free Blurb Book Creator plug-in for InDesign.

  • The Blurb InDesign plug-in will allow you to create blank templates with the spine area displayed—you'll see exactly where the spine will be and can place your spine content accordingly.
  • Do not modify the size or settings of the plug-in templates in any way. Doing so will likely lead to a failed preflight check. You should only add content such as text, images, backgrounds, etc. 

If you do not have a supported version of InDesign, or are using a non-InDesign workflow, review our book specifications page for the correct spine dimensions for your book. Position your spine in the center of the cover. 

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