Why Are There Blank Pages in My Book Preview?

The blank pages you see in previews pertain to the print layout version for your book. Even if you have no intention of publishing and printing a physical book, our system automatically renders previews in print layout format.

Our print books are structured so that the Table of Contents, Title Page, Dedication Page, Part or Section Title Page, and first page of each chapter are always placed on the right page.  The blank pages represent the left side page that appears next to them when the printed book is open.

This diagram shows how the default single page display preview corresponds to the printed book:


The blank pages are not present in the final preview files for eBooks as the material is presented in a single page, top to bottom display on eReaders.

Changing the Display Layout of Your Preview

By default, the preview PDF of your book is generated with a page display setting of “Single Page View”. This can be confusing as it shows you each page individually, rather than in the 2 page spread layout they would be printed in.

You can change the display layout of the PDF preview in two easy steps:

  1. On the topmost menu bar in Adobe Acrobat, go to View > Page Display, then select the option, “Show Cover Page in Two Page View”. You won’t see anything change immediately afterwards. Selecting this option will ensure that when you switch to the two page view in the next step the pages will be laid out as they would in the final book.
  2. Once more on the topmost menu bar in Adobe Acrobat go to View > Page Display, then select the option, “Two Page Scrolling”. This will put your pages side by side. Because you selected “Show Cover Page in Two Page View” in the previous step, the cover page of the book will appear as a single, stand alone page.

Now you can preview and review your book the way it will appear in print. As you scroll through the spreads, you will notice that all of the blank pages appear on the left side, with the chapters and sections starting on the page to their right.

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