Book Design Made Simple will help you succeed with your book.
Book Design Made Simple is the only comprehensive resource for designing and typesetting your own book using Adobe InDesign. It’ll teach you everything you need to know, from deciding on a size for your book to finding the best look for it, creating a page design and a cover, typesetting it, and sending the properly formatted files to the printer.
You can do it! We’ve laid out each part of the process in logical steps for the new designer and typesetter. Some topics take a dozen pages to explain, and some take only one or two. There’s no need to read the entire book—simply use the sections that’ll help you design your book and skip the rest (see the Contents here).
You can lease Adobe InDesign for as few or as many months as you need it (it’s part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud package). InDesign comes with several typefaces suitable for book design, and in Book Design Made Simple we walk you through the process of setting up your pages and book cover using typefaces that are already available to you in InDesign. Also included in Creative Cloud is Acrobat, software you’ll use to generate your final PDFs to send to the printer. Don’t worry, we’ll help you every step of the way.
Book Design Made Simple has been tested by authors, designers, and editors. We’ve made sure that every level of InDesign user, from complete beginner to advanced designer, finds our explanations clear and easy to follow. Here’s what our reviewers say:
“Book Design Made Simple fills a huge void in the graphic arts and indie publishing bookshelf.”
—Joel Friedlander, TheBookDesigner.com
“What sets Book Design Made Simple apart is its unique combination of publication design fundamentals and detailed InDesign tutorial. There are lots of general graphic design books, … but until now, there hasn’t been a single volume that perfectly addresses the needs of graphic professionals who want to take full advantage of InDesign’s ability to produce better-looking, easier-to-read books as efficiently as possible.”
—Roger C. Parker, PublishedAndProfitable.com
“Book Design Made Simple is the ultimate resource on creating a book using InDesign.”
—Lyle Litzenberger, author of Burke & Widgeon: A Hiking Guide, Coquitlam, BC
“Book Design Made Simple promises to become the bible on book design.”
—Ernst Vegt, Coast Imaging Arts, prepress and color management professional, Comox, BC
“It will make beginners look professional and professionals look even better.”
—Rafael Perez, book cover designer, Colonus Publishing, Sandy, OR
“I recommend Book Design 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 landscape would look a whole lot better.”
—Peter Blaiwas, award-winning book designer, Newburyport, MA
Save time and money—do it yourself with help from the experts. This book shows you HOW and explains WHY. So take control of your creative vision and make it happen!
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