Booki User Guide


Once a book has been completed or finished to a satisfactory level it can be exported. Exporting can be sent to several different outputs - not just to standard print formats - each with it's own specific needs and uses.

First lets look at the formats available for exporting:

book formatted pdf - book(PDF) : Used for the creation of printed books, the book(PDF) file can be uploaded to a print on demand service or even sent to a local printer for printing of a standard bound book. It can also be used for printing a single copy of a book from a domestic printer.

newspaper formatted pdf - newspaper(PDF) : This format is used for printing multicolumn texts to large scale newsprint. This can be useful for cheaply printing off books using a cheap print format and local printers.

web formatted pdf - web(PDF) : This type of production is to be read on screen. It can be added to a website, or downloaded for off-line viewing on a computer or any compatible device.

epub : epub is used for e-book publication, it generates and e-book using the open epub format. Which can be read using any compatible device, including computers with appropriate software as well as portable devices such as the Sony Reader and Apple's iPod Touch and iPhone.

OpenOffice Rich Text format (.odt) : This output can be opened and edited in, enabling extra customisations to be added as well as conversion to Microsoft's .doc format for exchange with 3rd parties who haven't heard of free software. This can also be a good method of publishing if you want to customise the fonts and formatting of your published but aren't proficient in CSS.

HTML : the HTML output can be embedded into any website, so an organisation is able to export a book to HTML and then embed it into their website.

Exporting a Book

Once a book is ready from the Book page, click on the Export tab. You can now set the export options for your book.

Simple export

If you are happy with just a generic look and feel for your book and your aren't planning on selling copies to retail book stores, then all you need is a simple publication.

  1. Enter a Title for your printed book. By default this is the title used within Booki but it can be changed if required and forms the Title Page or cover for the book.
  2. Choose the output document type from the drop-down list.
  3. Choose a licence for the book from the drop-down list.
  4. Place a tick next to if you want a copy of your book sent there.
  5. Click on Publish this book

Booki will convert your book to the desired document type using objavi and when finished will display a link to the generated document. The page size for your book will be Comicbook which is 160mm x 260mm and you use a default style set for your fonts and layout.

Advanced options

Clicking on Show advanced options reveals a range of extra settings that can be used to customise the output of your book.

  • If you have purchased an ISBN number for your book, you are able to add it using the advanced options.
  • A Table of Contents header can be added to your book. If left blank this header will default to "Table of Contents".
  • Pre-set book sizes:

  • Name Dimensions (mm) Compatibility
    Lulu Newspaper ISO standard
    POCKET 107 x 174 Yes
    A5 148 x 210 Yes Yes
    152 x 228 Yes
    SQUARE7.5 190 x 190 Yes
    ROYAL 155 x 233 Yes
    LANDSCAPE9X7 228 x 177 Yes
    COMICBOOK 168 x 260 Yes
    CROWNQUATRO 189 x 245 Yes
    SQUARE8.5 215 x 215
    USLETTER 215 x 279 Yes
    A4 210 x 297 Yes
    Foolscap (F4) 210 x 330

    B4 250 x 353

    Oamaru Tabloid 265 x 380

    UK Tabloid 279 x 431
    A3 (NZ Tabloid) 297 x 420
    Yes Yes
    Berliner 315 x 470
    B3 353 x 500

    Oamaru Broadsheet 382 x 540
    US Broadsheet 380 x 577
    A2 (NZ Broadsheet) 420 x 594
    Yes Yes
    UK Broadsheet 457 x 609
    B2 500 x 707

    A1 594 x 841

    B1 707 x 1000

  • If none of the pre-set page sizes fits your requirements you also have the ability to enter custom page sizes with the Width and Height settings.
  • Margins can be customised using the Top, Bottom and Side Margin Settings. When publishing to Book(PDF) you can also customise the Gutter which is the inner margin of two facing pages in a bound book. The gutter will be lager than the Side Margin to allow for space taken up by the binding process.
  • If you want to print multi columned pages such as when printing to newspaper, you can use the Columns and Column margin settings to define how many columns you want per page and the amount of space between each column.
  • You are able to set the style for you book using the CSS mode. You can select either Server default or custom. With custom selected a text box is displayed where you are able to edit and modify the CSS used to generate your book. For a list of the fonts available when customising your CSS see the Appendix.
  • At the bottom of the advanced options you can select Grey-scale for use when printing with only black and white such as printing to newsprint.