Lightning Source, Inc., the print on demand supplier that’s a division of Ingram Book Company, is arguably the biggest supplier of digital books to the publishing trade. They are used by many traditional publishers, and by competitive self-publishers who want to make use of Ingram’s distribution channels. One of the really neat features of their […]
Free Book Jacket Layout Template for DIY Self-Publishers with a link to download a full-size PDF
ISBN 101 For Self-Publishers including whether you need an ISBN, the “free” ISBN and the many uses of this unique identifier.
Book Layout Preparation: The Local Formatting Problem and how to move your files from Word to InDesign quickly and efficiently by using powerful software tools
Page Layout Preparation: Cleaning Up Your Word Files requires use of the Find and Replace function to quickly and efficiently remove extra codes
Pagination Styles: Shall We Kill the Widows & Orphans? As a self-publisher you’ll have to choose one style over another, and live with the results of either stray lines or holes at the bottom of your pages.
Understanding Print Resolution for Graphics in Books. How to determine if the files you are using will be suitable for print production. Includes examples of sample sizes for photos in books and corresponding file sizes.
Self-Publishing Basics: How to Pick the Size of your Book. Standard sizes vary for different genres of books, and printing methods may dictate your choices. Offset printing will give you many more size and paper choices than digital printing.
There is one place in printed books where we look for all kinds of editorial, bibliographic, legal, promotional and production information: the copyright page. But among all this information, data, legal notices and marketing and contact information, there’s one piece of content on the copyright page that is obscure to most people who pick up […]
In an earlier post about the parts of a book, I briefly discussed the title page: Title page—Announces the title, subtitle, author and publisher of the book. Other information that may be found on the title page can include the publisher’s location, the year of publication, or descriptive text about the book. Illustrations are also […]