I would create a document using latex, if I want to print the document and make a book out of it, how should I do it?

My document has 50 pages, and following requirements :

  1. Double side printing
  2. Book starts from right
  3. Staples will be at the center of the sheet.

First sheet will have pages 1, 2 and 49, 50

Second sheet will have pages 3, 4 and 47, 48


How do I go about arranging this type of format?

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    If this is for printing a small number of copies, many PC printers now have an option to do this (sometimes called "Booklet Printing" on Canon printers) Aug 27, 2011 at 22:06

3 Answers 3


Kirk, suppose you have a tex document named mydoc.tex (this contains your book, whith twoside in the class), then create a second document named mydoc2up.tex like this:


compile this and enjoy!

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    +1 but is it necessary/beneficial to use scrartcl?
    – doncherry
    Sep 1, 2011 at 18:49
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    This worked much better than fiddling with the booklet package, thanks!
    – rescdsk
    Dec 24, 2012 at 18:15

I'm not sure this works for windows, but on my linux-pc there is a programm called pdfbook, which does exactly, what you need. The manpage says:

"pdfbook is part of the "PDFjam" package of tools, whose homepage is at http://www.warwick.ac.uk/go/pdfjam."

Some years ago I used it and it worked well.

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    In fact, pdfjam is internally built on the pdfpages package as well (it generates a temporary LaTeX document similar to the one suggested by hsigrist in his answer an then invokes pdflatex on it.) However, using pdfbook directly is more convenient (+1).
    – Daniel
    Nov 23, 2011 at 21:15

I suggest you use booklet. If you use pdfpages you have to compile twice and know the location of the first file. If you already have a pdf that you do not want to edit anymore, you can use any command line tool like the aforementioned pdfbook which is much easier than running LaTeX again.

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    Could you add a sample document (perhaps with lipsum or blindtext) and its output?
    – doncherry
    Nov 8, 2012 at 4:52

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