Book Typesetting

What is book typesetting and why is it so important?

When you open up a book, you expect the pages to look a certain way, right? Well it turns out that the interior layout of a book is key in creating the ultimate reading experience. In the publishing world, this is called typesetting: the process of setting text onto a page. 

It involves making vital decisions on various elements on the page such as the following:

  • trim size
  • book block
  • margins
  • alignment 
  • widow and orphan lines
  • lines following a subhead 
  • line spacing 
  • paragraph spacing
  • font type and size
  • proper dashes
  • word stacks
  • quotation marks
  • justification
  • headers and footers
  • illustrations

Successful typesetting is invisible. In other words, the text must be arranged in a professional and pleasing way so as to not distract the reader. Every typesetting factor is part of a subtle and complex system that communicates to the reader on a subconscious level, and it’s easy to get it wrong. Although is may seem simple, typesetting is one of the hardest processes, separating amateur books from professional books. 

Wouldn’t it be a pity to spend so much time and energy writing a book, only to lose readers because of poor typesetting?

Investing in proper typesetting is paramount. If you need help or would like to learn more, please reach out!

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