IN THIS CHAPTER
Planning your multiple-document book project
Creating and opening books
Adding chapters to books
Managing style sources across chapters
Controlling page numbering, section variables, and chapter numbering
Printing and exporting books
Longer projects such as books, catalogs, and magazines often consist of multiple InDesign documents, so multiple users can work on different pieces of the project simultaneously. Breaking up these projects into several documents also results in smaller, more manageable documents. If you're working on this type of document, by yourself or in a workgroup, InDesign provides the book feature for managing the document files, updating page numbers across documents, and ensuring consistency in the book.
In InDesign, a book is a special type of file that you create to track multiple documents for yourself or for a workgroup. A book file displays as a panel, and it lists each InDesign document — let's call them chapters to distinguish them from stand-alone documents — that you add to the book. Using these book panels, you can add, open and edit, rearrange, and print chapters of the book.
Books are a natural venue for using the index and table of contents (TOC) features, given you can create a unified index or TOC across all chapters within a book in one fell swoop. Chapter 23 covers how to create indexes and TOCs. Books are also a natural way to contain files in a workgroup environment. See Chapter 34 for ...