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Can Draft2Digital Do the POD Paperback Formatting?

Draft2Digital provided a new POD (Print On Demand) paperback option in addition to ePub, Mobi, and PDF eBook file media. I said to myself. “Does it work?”  Well, it’s close to being perfect formatting; but, you will need to do some doc or docx editing.

This was discovered when publishing my ePub eBook from a Word doc file with Draft2Digital help. Download PDF file for a paperback option appeared and I took it.

What happened?

  • Front matter and back matter, content formatted.
  • Chapter body text fully justified except when centered desired.
  • Drop cap styling in Word file ignored, not converted.
  • Alternating book title & author name headers nicely created.
  • Bullet lists & numbered lists were correctly formatted.
  • 5 and 8.5-inch trim size only supported

What didn’t happen?

  • Chapter beginnings didn’t always start on an odd numbered page.
  • Didn’t use enough page breaks to align chapter beginnings to odd pages.
  • No front & back and spine cover images were generated. You will need to produce your own covers.
  • Page numbering and headers begin on the first page of the file.

Not bad for single pass through the publishing path producing an eBook of ePub or Mobi, a PDF, and a Print On Demand (POD) paperback. More research on my part will continue to see how close I may come to creating a paperback book.