Creating Box Sets
Box sets combine multiple books into one, and can be used to collect all of the volumes of a series into one edition, or to assemble an anthology of works from multiple authors. This describes some of the ways you can use Vellum to create box sets.
- Volumes in Vellum
- Adding Books to Your Box Set
- Volume Titles and Covers
- Table of Contents / Numbering
- Box Sets with Multiple Authors
- File Size
Volumes in Vellum
A book within a box set is represented by a Volume, a special element type that can contain chapters and other elements of a book.
With Volumes, the books in your box set are displayed in the Navigator as a hierarchy. You can open and close each Volume to discover the chapters within:
To create a new Volume, select the chapters that you want grouped, and use Create Volume from Selection:
This command can also be found in the Navigator’s gear menu, and by right-clicking in the Navigator to bring up the context menu.
You can select multiple elements in the Navigator by holding down the Command (⌘) key as you select each one.
You can also select a group of elements by selecting the first, then holding down the Shift key as you select the last.
Once you’ve created a Volume, you can always add more chapters by dragging and dropping them inside:
Adding Books to Your Box Set
In many cases, you can add books to your box set using drag-and-drop. Here are two ways to do so:
Add an entire Vellum file
If the book you want to add has already been formatted with Vellum, you can drag the file from the Mac Finder and drop it into the Navigator:
All of the chapters inside the Vellum file will be copied into your box set and grouped inside of a new Volume. The Volume will take the title of the book. If the book has a cover, you’ll be given the option to use that cover for the Volume:
You can drag multiple Vellum files at once. Each will be placed within its own Volume.
Add a Word file
If you have yet to import your manuscript into Vellum, you can add a Microsoft Word (or any .docx) file by dropping it in the Navigator.
Vellum will import the chapters and add them to your document. After the elements have been imported, they’ll remain selected so that you can use Create Volume from Selection to group them into a Volume:
Volume Titles and Covers
Volumes are displayed in your eBook with a title page similar to that of a book:
You may, however, wish to use a cover image instead.
To make the cover image the only item on the page, use the Heading controls to turn off Display Heading in Book:
You should now see your cover image:
Note: this same setup is created for you when you drag a Vellum file into the Navigator.
Table of Contents and Chapter Numbering
Volumes affect the numbering of chapters and their display in your book’s Table of Contents.
You can control these in Table of Contents Settings, accessible from the gear menu in the Navigator:
By default, every chapter of a Volume will be listed in your book’s Table of Contents, and nested under its owning Volume:
This can get lengthy, though, for a box set with many volumes. In this scenario, you may prefer to list only the volumes themselves, and not the chapters within.
You can accomplish this using the List elements in control:
With Volumes unchecked, the Table of Contents gives readers links to the beginning of each book, but excludes the chapters inside:
Note: Regardless of this setting, every chapter will still be declared for the use of navigation through the book, like Next Chapter buttons and Kindle’s Go To menu.
By default, the numbering of chapters restarts at 1 within each Volume:
If you’d rather the numbering continue across Volumes, you can change this with the Reset across: control:
Box Sets with Multiple Authors
If you are creating a box set with works from other authors, you can enter their names in each Volume’s Author field. To enable this field, use the Element Heading gear menu.
When you’ve entered an author’s name in the Volume heading, it will be displayed on that page, as well as in your book’s Table of Contents:
And if you’d like each contributing author to appear on the Title Page, you can add them as additional authors in Book Info:
Authors listed here will appear on the title page of your book and in your eBook’s metadata.
Especially when they incorporate many books, box sets can result in large eBook files. Here are some things to keep in mind when creating these box sets:
- Although Volume covers can be a nice touch, they may not be practical for box sets with many Volumes, especially if you are concerned about Amazon file limits.
- Because a .mobi contains multiple versions of your eBook, its size will be larger than the size used to compute Kindle Delivery Costs. For this and other pricing factors, remember to consult Amazon’s File Size after Conversion after uploading to KDP.
See File Size Considerations for more discussion about the size of eBook files.