Get ready to create beautiful paperbacks. Vellum 2.0 is here!
Setup in Seconds
Vellum 2.0 makes creating a print edition of your book as effortless as creating an ebook.
Select your book’s trim size and Vellum automatically numbers the pages of your book, creates page headers, and performs advanced layout like widow prevention and spread balancing.
You’ll have a professional-grade interior with just a few clicks.
Ready to Publish
Early testers used Vellum 2.0 to publish hundreds of paperback and hardcover books, making use of CreateSpace, IngramSpark, NOOK Press, and KDP’s new paperback option. Here’s what just a few of them had to say:
“I love it so much!” — Avery FlynnUSA Today bestselling author
“Creating a beautiful print book in a few clicks is awesome!” — Zara KeaneUSA Today bestselling author
“So easy!” — Sara RosettUSA Today bestselling author
Get it Now
If you already have Velllum, you can update to 2.0 using Check for Updates in the Vellum menu. Or download and install Vellum from vellum.pub.
Creating print versions of your book is only available with the new Vellum Press package. If you previously purchased an ebook package, you’ll be offered the chance to upgrade to Vellum Press the next time you Generate. You can also open Purchases in the Vellum menu.
We’re hard at work putting the final touches on this release, and can’t wait to get it to you!
* If you need to purchase Vellum Unlimited today, or if you purchased very recently, you will have a limited-time option to exchange your purchase for Vellum Press (for the difference in price). Details will be sent on release day to all who purchase Vellum Unlimited between April 1 and June 1, 2017.
Vellum 1.4.2 includes changes to work around problems with Amazon’s Enhanced Typesetting feature.
In eBooks with Enhanced Typesetting enabled, some chapter headings were improperly centered, and drop caps beginning with a quote could display blank pages. This update adjusts Vellum’s Kindle-specific output to avoid both of these issues.
Vellum 1.4.1 is now available and includes the following minor changes:
The MacBook Pro TouchBar can now be used to insert autocomplete suggestions in the Text Editor.
Improved appearance of About the Author connect section when seen in Amazon’s older mobi7 format.
Text of a Verse text feature is never justified. Lists are no longer justified when seen on Kindle.
Kindred drop caps are better positioned when a reader changes away from Publisher Font on Paperwhite, Voyage, or Oasis e-readers.
Volumes and Parts can no longer be created without chapters inside. Select the chapters you wish to include and use Create Volume from Selection or Create Part from Selection, available from the Chapter menu. Read more in Creating Parts and Volumes.
Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature has long provided readers a way to preview the first few pages of eBooks.
For authors, though, it’s often been a source of frustration, as Look Inside has never looked much like the eBooks seen by readers. Features like drop caps and ornaments — and all of the other touches that make up a Vellum-formatted book — couldn’t be seen in the Look Inside, as it was a place where Amazon continued to use their older “mobi7” format.
That’s why we’re very excited to have discovered that many books created with Vellum have a whole new Look Inside: one that provides a much better preview of an eBook by adopting the same KF8 format used by Amazon apps and devices.
Here are just a few of the many books where you can see Amazon’s new Look Inside:
While we’ve found many eBooks that include this new Look Inside, some — especially those recently published — still use the older format. So you may not see the new Look Inside right after you upload your book to KDP, or even for a few weeks.
Other than waiting, though, you shouldn’t have to do anything to receive it. You may even find your existing titles have already been updated.
Since there are still a few differences, we’ve already begun looking into how we can adjust Vellum’s output to accommodate Amazon’s new Look Inside. But we’re thrilled to see such a huge improvement in how readers preview your books.
Update 8/2: We’ve since found that Amazon’s mobile site continues to use the older mobi7 format for its Look Inside. We hope that Amazon will eventually upgrade this to match the behavior of its full site. In the meantime, readers using mobile devices like iPhones may still see the old Look Inside.
Today we released Vellum 1.3.8, a minor update with the following improvements:
Style choices you make in one book now serve as the starting point for your next
Import Heading Images
Vellum will now detect and import heading images in your manuscript
Assign Heading Images to Multiple Chapters
You can now assign Heading Images to multiple chapters at once
Vellum files now open with the Preview showing
Also in this release:
Fixed an issue where chapter titles using the Sudo style could be displayed in the Preview as gibberish
Improved reliability of the Revert To command, available from the File menu
Short amzn.com URLs are now considered when detecting Store Links
The Store Link editor now checks Kobo identifiers to ensure that an ISBN hasn’t been entered instead
Fixed a crash that could occur when entering an unexpected URL into the Web Link or Store Link editors
Fixed problems importing Store Links from the middle of a paragraph
Images included in eBooks for Kobo now have a greater amount of compression
Descriptions for heading images are now optional and can be excluded for decorative images
Changed TOC styling to work around an issue of eInk Kindles showing blank pages
Fixed intersecting drop caps for certain font size and line spacing combinations in the Kindle app for iPhone
Note: To be sure it is using a current version of KindleGen, Vellum no longer looks in your Applications folder for KindleGen, and will instead only look in its managed folder. If you previously used the Mac App Store version of Vellum, you may have to download KindleGen again. It will be much easier this time.
Today we are announcing that we will no longer sell Vellum through the Mac App Store. We will continue to develop the direct version of Vellum, the version that has long offered a better experience for our users.
If you downloaded Vellum from the Mac App Store, we recommend migrating to the direct version as soon as possible. The books you’ve created and the purchases you have made will work just as well in this version, and by migrating you will be able to receive future updates to Vellum. You can learn more in our guide to Migrating from the Mac App Store to Direct.
We added the Mac App Store as a purchasing option nearly two years ago, hoping it would serve as an easy-to-use option for customers. Unfortunately, that has not been the reality. Users of the Mac App Store have experienced purchasing difficulties, problems when updating, and situations when the Mac App Store version of Vellum simply stopped working. Updates to this version are also delayed by the App Store review process (for as much as a week), making it harder to respond quickly to changes. By focusing on our direct version, we will be able to stay responsive by delivering updates as soon as they are ready.
We’ve made every effort to make migrating as painless as possible, but please contact us if you have any problems or questions.