Notes from An Alien

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Book Designing ~ Content Becomes Form


Putting words together can create Forms in a reader’s mind.

Yet, before the reader’s mind creates the Forms, the words are Content.

Reader’s would like to get a feeling of what the Content can potentially Form in their mind.

The cover of a book is the first connection between the author and the reader.

Book design is about covers but also about the typography—the Forms the letters take on the page—and a number of other design considerations.

The best space on the Web I know of to study all this is Joel Friedlander‘s The Book Designer.

A writer, even a self-published one, may not be the person who designs a book but they should certainly understand something about the process

The quickest and most humorous way to grasp the essentials, that I’ve found, is to watch this video :-)


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6 responses to “Book Designing ~ Content Becomes Form

  1. Barbara Blackcinder December 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for the link Alex. It was hilarious and very informative.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai December 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Sure, Barb, very glad you liked it :-)

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  2. Ann December 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Very nice. Will have to show this to my husband to help quell his fears on the presentation of his first book.

    Can’t wait until my account is sorted out so I can join the chats on book island again.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai December 3, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Hope it works for him, Ann

      BTW, what’s you SL name?

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      • Ann December 3, 2012 at 4:02 am

        It’s neffie. My name on here keeps changing from all the blogs i manage. one day i’ll get less lazy and clean it up.

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        • Alexander M Zoltai December 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

          Ah, Neffie!! Do hope we see you again, Soon :-)

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