Last year I explained how I came to partner with Betty Sargent on the first comprehensive resource guide for indie authors. And how the book, with the help of readers, launched at #1 in several categories on Amazon. It was awesome. The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide gathered over 150 reviews online, mostly very favorable. But […]
5 Favorite Free Fonts for Interior Book Design shows samples and gives information on Theano Didot, Alegreya, Crimson, Gandhi Serif, Rosarivo
X Hits the Spot: Why .DOCX is Better than .DOC for Authors Using Word by Tracy R. Atkins examines the evolution of Word’s file formats and gives advice for authors
Book Design: Don’t Get Confused By Typeface Point Sizes discusses the role of proportion and x-height in relation to book typography
Finding Photographs for a Book or Blog Gets Better compares Fotolia.com and iStockphoto.com and looks at the Flickr utility Compfight.com
Case Study: Hardcover Adventure Travel. The Boy Behind the Gate by Larry Jacobson, a complex typographic design with a lot of other decorative elements
Self-Publishing Case Study: Nonfiction by Sally Fletcher. Music, Healing and Harmony and the design and production process
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.
Beautiful Details, Beautiful Books: How to Recognize Oldstyle Typefaces including Bembo, a classic book typeface from fifteenth century Venice. Oldstyle typefaces are reliable choices for book design.
Learning to give different elements of the book page more or less emphasis depends on intelligent use of “negative space” in chapter openers, subheads, leading and other areas of book design.