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How to export "facing pages" from Publisher to "single pages" for Amazon/KDP paperback PDF?

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I'm trying to publish a paperback book on Amazon/KDP using Affinity Publisher. The problem is that half of the pages are missing when previewed on KDP.

Per the KDP instructions, I created the AP document with "facing pages" layout (so margins and gutters are OK). My AP book contains 76 pages but the exported PDF only contains 39 pages. Page 1 in the PDF is OK but the remaining pages are "double-wides" -- each containing 2 "book pages". It looks like KDP is chopping off the right half of each PDF page so only the even-numbered (left-side) pages are left. I've contacted Amazon support but I'm guessing they're going to tell me to create a PDF with 76 pages -- i.e. one book page per PDF page. I've looked around the AP export options and don't see any way to do this. So, the question is, how do I export a 76-page "facing pages" document to a 76 page "single page" PDF? I hope this makes sense -- it's a little confusing. Thanks.


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19 minutes ago, afdojo said:

So, the question is, how do I export a 76-page "facing pages" document to a 76 page "single page" PDF? I hope this makes sense -- it's a little confusing.

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Hi Walt,

I had not noticed the "All Pages" option, so that is a great trick.

I see that you unselected "include bleed" on your screenshot. It makes sense because, of course, AP can not generate the bleeds for the inside sides of the pages when composing the single-page PDF, since there are no bleeds on the inside sides of a facing-page document. I have tried and it takes the edge of the opposite page, which can be a problem if there is any element touching the inside edges of any page.

I usually want to have digital (with no bleed) and print (with bleed) versions of my documents. Also, it is so much more convenient to work on facing-page mode when you want to have different left and right page layouts. Using your trick, I can easily generate the digital version, but the print version will not be correct.

The alternative would be to include the bleed dimension on the document size so that the print version could be generated by unchecking the "include bleed" option. But then, how would I remove the "fake bleeds" to get the digital version?

I believe that what I want will not possible until AP adds the option to include inside bleeds on facing-page documents. Am I correct or is there a workaround I am not seeing?

Thank you very much!

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44 minutes ago, momsoft said:

I believe that what I want will not possible until AP adds the option to include inside bleeds on facing-page documents. Am I correct or is there a workaround I am not seeing?

Sorry, but I have little experience with Bleeds, and will need to defer to someone else for an answer to that.


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