Creating a Box Set
A box set combines multiple books into one. Use a box set to create an omnibus for an entire series, or to bundle together books by multiple authors.
Note: These instructions are for combining full books. If you are making a collection of short stories, see the guide to Creating an Anthology.
- Volumes in Vellum
- Building Your Box Set
- Volume Titles and Covers
- Table of Contents
- Chapter 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.
Adding Chapters to Volumes
Once you’ve created a Volume, you can always add more chapters by dragging and dropping them inside:
Building 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:
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 book with a title page:
You may, however, wish to use a cover image instead.
You can achieve this by inserting the book cover as an inline image in the text. After you add the cover, edit its properties to make the image fill the whole width of the page:
To make the cover image the only item on the page, use the Heading controls to choose Hide 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
By default, every chapter of a Volume will be listed in your book’s Table of Contents, and nested under its owning Volume:
For a box set with many volumes, this can get lengthy. In this scenario, you may prefer to list only the volumes themselves, and not the chapters within.
To accomplish this, select your Contents element and toggle List chapters within Volumes:
Without the chapters listed, the Table of Contents will only display the containing Volumes:
Contents per Book
If you’d like each book in the box set to have its own Table of Contents, use the Add Element menu item to create additional TOCs. Once you’ve added a new Contents element, move it to the beginning of a Volume using drag and drop.
When a Table of Contents element is found inside a Volume, it will only list the Chapters within that Volume.
Note: Even if each book in your box set has its own TOC, you’ll still want to include a TOC for the entire collection.
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 using Vellum’s Numbering settings, accessible from the Chapter menu.
Box Sets with Multiple Authors
If you are creating a box set with works from other authors, you can enter their names in the Volume Author field. To display this field, open the Heading gear menu and use Add Volume Author.
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 Title 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.
- Kindle Delivery Costs are computed using a converted version of your ebook, and not the file you upload. 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.