Book Design Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Typesetting Your Own Book Using Adobe InDesign by Fiona RavenBook Design Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Typesetting Your Own Book Using Adobe InDesign by Fiona Raven

Book Design Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Typesetting Your Own Book Using…

byFiona Raven, Glenna Collett

Paperback | September 18, 2015

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Book Design Made Simple gives DIY authors, small presses and graphic designers - novice and experts alike - the power to design their own books. It's the first comprehensive book of its kind, explaining every step from leasing and installing Adobe® InDesign® right through to sending the files to press.

Together with thorough design instruction and professional typesetting tips, all kinds of publishing advice is offered along the way, guiding the reader through some of the tough decisions that self-publishers face concerning trim size, what printing method to use, and how and why to get an ISBN and copyright, to name a few.

Although print books are emphasized, ebooks are also considered throughout. Some design features that work well in print might not translate in an ebook, so cautions and instructions are given in each instance.

In short, Book Design Made Simple is a semester of book design instruction plus a publishing class, all rolled into one.

FionaRaven has designed hundreds of books for self-publishers, small presses, andfirst-time authors since 1995. She coauthored BookDesign Made Simple,a comprehensive guide to designing and typesetting books, written for non-designersand designers alike.Glenna Collett has been a book designer in the Boston area for over fortyyears. She ...
Title:Book Design Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Typesetting Your Own Book Using…Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 1 inPublished:September 18, 2015Publisher:12 Pines PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Introduction xi


Part I: Getting Started . p1

1 From Word to InDesign p2

2 Windows vs. Mac p4

3 Leasing InDesign p5

4 A quick tour of InDesign p12

5 Choosing your trim size p20

6 Planning your pages p23

7 Creating your document p28

8 Placing your manuscript p44

9 Optimizing your text p50


Part II: Creating Your Styles . p55

10 Creating your paragraph styles p56

11 Creating your character styles p80

12 Reversing or undoing mistakes p86


Part III: Formatting Your Pages p87

13 Applying your character styles p88

14 Formatting your pages p94

15 Adding folios and running heads p110

16 Printing pages p113


Part IV: Designing Your Pages . p117

17 Changing your page design p118

18 Using master pages p119

19 Changing your trim size p121

20 Changing your margins p123

21 Changing your main typeface p129

22 Setting type size and leading p135

23 Setting up your baseline grid p138

24 Designing chapter and part openings p142

25 Designing headings p184

26 Designing other elements p194

27 Designing folios and running heads p218

28 Designing your front matter p222

29 Designing your back matter p246


Part V: Adding Shapes & Color . p255

30 Working with shapes p256

31 Working with color p257

32 Using layers for shapes p264

33 Using the shape tools p266

34 Using the drawing tools p268

35 Using the Stroke panel p272

36 Putting objects into groups p274

37 Adding a document bleed p275

38 Using object styles p276

39 Using a library p278


Part VI: Adding Images . p281

40 Preparing to add images p282

41 Getting permission to use images p283

42 Organizing your images p285

43 Placing and positioning images p287

44 Adding captions and text wraps p294

45 Packaging your book p300

46 Optimizing your images p301


Part VII: Typesetting . p319

47 Planning your final pass p320

48 Page count for offset printing p321

49 Adding, deleting, and moving text, pages, and styles p327

50 Typesetting tips and tricks p336

51 Improving your page layout p356

52 Creating and applying chapter master pages p362

53 Final proofreading corrections p366

54 Adding your index p368


Part VIII: Designing Your Cover . p375

55 Researching your target market p376

56 Starting your front cover design p379

57 A few design principles p389

58 Creating a color palette p394

59 Polishing your front cover p397

60 Choosing your book’s binding p407

61 Using a printer’s cover template p411

62 Creating your own cover template p413

63 Planning your back cover p422

64 Designing your back cover p425

65 Designing your spine p437

66 Designing extras for hardcovers p441

67 Printing color cover proofs p444


Part IX: Preparing to Publish . p445

68 Obtaining and assigning ISBNs p446

69 Setting your book’s retail price p450

70 Obtaining a barcode p451

71 Packaging for your printer p452

72 Uploading to your printer p461

73 Ebook editions: EPUB and MOBI p463


References . p469

Glossary p471

Keyboard shortcuts p477

The self-publishing process p478

Bibliography p480

Index p481

About the authors p499

Editorial Reviews

“Book Design MadeSimple is the ultimate resource on creating a book using InDesign.” – Lyle Litzenberger,author of Burke & Widgeon: A HikingGuide, Coquitlam, BC “Book Design MadeSimple, promises to become the bible on book design.” – Ernst Vegt, CoastImaging Arts, prepress and color management professional, Comox, BC “It will make beginners look professional and professionalslook even better.” – Rafael Perez, book cover designer, Colonus Publishing,Sandy, OR “I recommend BookDesign Made Simple. It is an excellent investment.” – Kevin M. Johnson, MD,designer of My Father, in Snow,Madison, CT “If more people used this book, the publishing landscapewould look a whole lot better.” – Peter Blaiwas, award-winning book designer,Newburyport, MA