Basics of Book Design


Book design incorporates the content, style, format and sequence of the various components of a book into a finished publication -- as an eBook, paperback or hardbound book. Although content remains king, look and feel says a lot about a book and its author. From cover illustration and dyes for traditional books to custom designed audio, visual and film media options for eBooks, we take the time to design a book for sale in a fashion consistent with the author's vision of the work.

The Cover

The adage about judging a book by its cover speaks to the importance of design in sales and marketing, necessary components in the publishing industry.

Front, Body and Matter

Books are generally structured in three basics parts: front matter, body matter and back matter. Our only firm advice is that books should have a copyright page, chapters add meter and odd-numbered pages must go to the right. We recommend that folks format their own work simply because most author service packages are not worth the costs. A quick Google search of do-it-yourself formatting guides is the best place to start.

In traditional binding, end pages are the patterned or decorative paper that line the inside front cover and the first free page, as well as the last free page and back cover.