Michigan State University

Book Design Workshops

Do you need to print a book for a class or personal use but don’t know where to start? The Espresso Book Machine staff offer free workshops providing an introduction to the Espresso Book Machine and book design. At the workshop you will learn:

  • How the Espresso Book Machine works
  • File requirements for printing books
  • Copyright compliance for printing books
  • How to use Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word to set up interior files
  • How to use Adobe InDesign or Microsoft PowerPoint to set up cover files
  • Design tools available in Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word
  • What not to do when designing your book
  • How to submit files through MSU FileDepot

Participants will gain hands-on experience in the Beaumont West Instruction Lab located on the library's second floor in the west wing. Multiple workshops will be offered throughout the semester at the dates and times listed below. Can't make it to the workshop? Groups of five or more may request a workshop using either Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word; please contact ebm@lib.msu.edu to check for availability and schedule a date and time for your workshop.

Book Design Workshops using Adobe InDesign

Date Day Time Registration Page
September 18 Monday 10am - noon Register for September 18
October 3 Tuesday 10am - noon Register for October 3
October 16 Monday 1pm - 3pm Register for October 16
October 31 Tuesday 1pm - 3pm Register for October 31
November 13 Monday 2pm - 4pm Register for November 13
November 28 Tuesday 2pm - 4pm Register for November 28

Book Design Workshops using Microsoft Word

Date Day Time Registration Page
September 20 Wednesday 10am - noon Register for September 20
October 5 Thursday 10am - noon Register for October 5
October 18 Wednesday 1pm - 3pm Register for October 18
November 2 Thursday 1pm - 3pm Register for November 2
November 15 Wednesday 2pm - 4pm Register for November 15
November 30 Thursday 2pm - 4pm Register for November 30

The workshops are geared toward MSU students, faculty and staff; however, community patrons are welcome to attend. Please register using the Library Events Calendar. Drop-ins may join if there is space available. For inquiries please contact ebm@lib.msu.edu.