How To Add Page Numbers To A PDF Book For Createspace

March 22, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing, Tutorials

Adding Page Numbers to PDF FileBack in January, I spent about 3 weeks painstakingly reformatting 3 of my Kindle books for the Createspace platform. For those of you who don’t know what Createspace is, it’s Amazon’s print-on-demand book service which allows anyone to publish printed books that can be sold on Amazon’s website. The best part is that publishing on Createspace is free so why not take advantage of this extra sales channel? It took a bit longer to finish reformatting my books than I thought. I also had to recreate my covers in 300dpi for print. When I was finished, I had one high-resolution JPEG image for my front and back cover and a PDF file for the content of the book.

As part of the review process before I actually publish my books and let people buy them, I ordered physical proofs. I won’t get into the editing of those proofs in this article but I do want to point out something I noticed when I had the actual printed book in my hands. There were no page numbers on the bottom of the pages. My content was created in Microsoft Word and getting page numbers to show up was not a problem, except they appeared on every page of the book. Something I didn’t want. I only wanted my page numbers to start where Chapter 1 starts. Not on copyright pages or the Table of Contents. After many Google searches and failed attempts, I decided to leave the page numbers off the book when I finally decided to hit the publish button.

Now almost 2 months later, I’m starting to prepare my next Kindle book with print publishing in mind.

Side note: Before you read further, you do not need this information if you only plan on publishing books to the Kindle format only! In fact, you don’t need this information until you are ready to format a print book for Createspace.

Now that I have that out of the way and if you’re still reading, I really wanted to figure out the page number thing because to me, it would seem weird to have a 100 page book with no page numbers. When people look at my table of contents, they would have no way of being able to easily find page 67 or where the start of chapter 5 is as an example.

Well, this week I figured it out and I created a tutorial to show you how I did it. However, you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Pro to do this. The regular Acrobat Reader has no editing functions.

The tutorial is a bit long but I wanted to make sure I explained everything in detail. In reality, I can add page numbers in less than a minute and move on to uploading my PDF to Createspace.

Download Adobe CS2 Software Here

One problem some of you might have is that you don’t have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro. Well, today you’re in luck! Recently, Adobe officially released all the applications in their CS2 bundle for free! This includes the serial numbers for activating the software. This IS NOT pirated software! This comes directly from Adobe and is where I got my copy of Acrobat Pro. Here is the link to the download page:

If you’re still hesitant, this free download has been publicized all over the internet. Here’s an article from Gizmodo explaining the details:

The CS2 software is a bit old but it provides way more design power than most people need! I hope I was helpful in explaining to you how to add page numbers to your Createspace book. If this tutorial helped you out, please leave a comment below and let me know if there are any other self-publishing questions you might have!