Why Book Design is a Specialist Field

book design specialist

Here we are talking about indie book publishing and book design. By your fourth book, using templates and/or preformed styles, you might be at the stage where you can typeset your own book beautifully. But DIY design your first book and you could end up with a very non-standard looking book indeed. For instance, the leading (line spacing) may be too tight to read comfortably. Too many questions may come up, like: what is the correct page margin? How do I line up the text bottoms? How do I achieve a consistent look? Granted, for fiction you could probably get away with using Microsoft Word... if you make it a standard book size with correct margins for the chosen printer or print-on-demand host. Sizing… There are plenty of rules....

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