[scribus] Tips for laying out a book for printing

Vladimir Savic vladimir.firefly.savic at gmail.com
Wed Oct 19 15:57:21 UTC 2011

Gregory has given you all the wisdom about layouting/designing books
(and everything else creative, for that matter) you need to know of.
Reach for the favourite book, of the similar or the same genre you're
about to publish, and take a look at it. Think of all the great time
you had with it. Secret is that that feeling doesn't came from the
content alone, but equaly from it's looks. If there's a feeling that
some element (pagination position, illustration type, margins...)
doesn't quite fit - you're probably right. Change it to suite your
aestetic needs! Repeat it whole live and, voila, you're about to
become professional. Don't be afraid to start layouting. If you are
still uncirtain you're on the right track, show us your achievements
Happy designing!
P.S. Sending this from my phone. Forgive me errors and bad formating. ;)

On 10/19/11, Gregory Pittman <gregp_ky at yahoo.com> wrote:
> On 10/18/2011 12:40 PM, Adrienne Carmack wrote:
>> I am about to do another layout on the book I've already done. The first
>> version was used for publishing online as a PDF (A4 size) and now we're
>> ready to make a paperback. It'll be 8.5 x 5.5, just black and white.
>> I'm wondering if anyone has tips on various things like setting margins,
>> placement of page numbers, headers, etc. Or if anyone's found a
>> comprehensive list somewhere of elements to use when designing a print
>> book (I've looked and just found a few bits and pieces).
> Aside from anything else you do, check out some books of the type you
> are making. You will typically see certain layouts for a novel vs
> nonfiction, vs some technical book.
> Sooner or later, you need to develop confidence in your own judgment
> about what looks good, what works, and what may be common but for your
> purposes you just don't like. In particular, the same applies to choice
> of font.
> Greg
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