Typsetting and Internal Book Design

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We will soon be offering typesetting services. Though we have a few things to put into place first, we thought it would be worth publishing some documents that we hope authors find useful.

When typesetting, there are many things to consider. Some of it we’ll take care of when formatting your book (you’ve probably come across jargon such as orphans, widows, baseline, kerning, leading, tracking, and optical alignment). Other aspects require your input to get the design you want! That’s why we created these documents – to give you options and help you make informed design choices.

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If you follow this link you can download (or view online) the following files:

  1. Common body fonts – a variety of fonts that are best suited for the body of your book
  2. Title fonts – a wide-ranging variety of fonts suitable for a variety of book types. The purpose of this document is to give you ideas.
  3. Drop cap fonts – the decorative fonts in this document are suitable for use as drop caps. These are free fonts that can be used. Alternatively, they may give you ideas when searching for paid fonts, or other fonts that are free for commercial use
    • Note: you need to download the associated zip file and install the fonts otherwise they will not appear correctly – some fonts were not embeddable
  4. Chapter page layout ideas – ideas that incorporate a variety of drop caps, styled first lines, icons, and images
  5. Common book sizes – this document includes examples of UK Royal, US Royal/Trade, UK Demy, US Digest, UK B Format, US B Format, UK A Format, and US Pocketbook, with various font sizes
    • Note: By reducing the font by 0.5pt (or equivalent for other fonts – see body fonts pdf or the table below) and a slight adjustment to line spacing you gain two lines per 0.5pt drop. However, it is worth noting that over 100 pages at UK/US Royal you only save around 5/5.5 pages For UK Demy/US Digest that number increases to 5.5/6 pages; UK/US B format increases further to 6/6.5 pages; and finally, UK A format/US Pocketbook saves 6.5/7 pages. It works the same in reverse if you wanted to increase your page count.
  6. Line spacing – examples of increasing and decreasing line spacing and its effect on the number of lines on a page
  7. Font sizes – a document with examples of Adobe Garamond Pro at sizes: 11.5pt, 11pt, 10.5pt, and 10pt, so you can judge readability (ensure you view the document at 100%). Spacing in this document is standard.
  8. Page numbers and running headers – various layout options for page numbers and running headers

Font Comparison Table

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Below is a simple example (basic layout, stuck to serif fonts throughout, no images, and I didn’t enable optical alignment, though usually would). I used The Wonderful Wizard of Oz because it is royalty-free and relatively short. To view the document correctly (two-pages side by side) use the options menu in the top right of the viewer (two arrows) and select ‘Odd Spreads’.

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