Book Layout for PrintingBooks layout for printing
Understand book layouts and margins
If writers choose to reformat their own works, they don't always make the best choice. It is important to adhere to the convention of formats, because there have been print works for a long time. Long-standing reader customs and acceptable trading practice have led us to adhere to these guidelines unless we have a good excuse not to do so.
I' m talking to many writers and looking at several hundred self-published works, and those who are troubled are jumping at me. Last year I evaluated the yearly book contest for a regional publisher and found errors in many hobby publisher book formats and designs.
I will not renounce that book artists are detail geeks. With so many small things and choices going into a book format, you need to be almost exactly someone who likes to work on this scale to appreciate the book as well. This also applies to your margin choices.
Is there a need for profit margin? This is where some of the job spreads have to do: When you have chosen the right book length, the next task is to place the text on the page. That' s easy to understand if you have only created one-page files or brief report files that are stitched or clip-attached with your text editor or layout app.
However, if your pages are tied in a book, the best way is not to center them vertically. This is because the pages of a book, when you read it, are not as slim as a sheet of hardcover. Since your book does not open quite level, we are leaving more and more space on the inside edges of our pages.
There is even a reference to this inner border, be it the right side (right or uneven pages) or the right side (left, even pages). This inner edge is called the "gutter edge". Okay, so we know that the channel edge (or the inner edge) of hardcover book bindings must be bigger than the outside edge, but how much?
Let's take a 6? x 9? book as an example. In the case of a typically 200-page novel or storybook, I would begin with an outer edge of . 75 and a channel edge of .875. Keep in mind that our pages are asymmetric because our edges are not even, although if you consider your book as a set of double pages, the entire layout is clean and symmetrical around the back in the middle.
The most frequent mistake with self-formatted book is that these borders are too small. It seems to me, just from the ledgers I've seen, that these page borders are getting smaller all the while, and I have a distrust as to why that would be. You know that print-on-demand providers such as CreateSpace, Lightsningource and others depend on the number of pages in your book.
This has prompted some writers to find ways to find more words on each page to reduce printing outlay. Hey, I know that when you publish your own book, you have to keep a close eye on your own money and your return on investment, but that's not the way to go.
You will end up with a book that is difficult to keep and not so easy to study, and that is not a good result. The shrinkage of the page edges is a rough way to block more words on a page. It' s amazing how much variety you can find in typefaces of the same font sizes.
If you use moving headers or moving legs or not, the top and bottom of your page depends on where you enter your page numbers ("folios" in book jargon). If you want a book layout with moving head and Folio centred at the bottom of the page on a 6? x 9? book, try it.
75-? bottom border and 5? top border for the beginning. For a 6? x 9 textbook, in most cases you will want 30 to 35 rows per page. An the edges I have proposed here give you a line about 28 pica long.
In combination with a line distance ("leading") of approx. 130% of the font height (i.e. 11-point font with approx. 14 points projection) you have pages that are easily readable and look as they should. For CreateSpace suggestions on how to adjust the borders, see the How to create an Interior PDF of Your Book page.
Note that the "minimum" spread of . 25?, to which CreateSpace relates, is too small for most ledgers. The purpose of this edge measuring is to establish a "safe area" so that nothing is cut off on your side. On the basis of these suggestions and a solid grasp of how profit margins work as part of your page layout, you are prepared to produce good-looking work.