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Ensure your book design matches the best on the shelves with layout guidelines from SilverWood Books


To those untrained in typography – probably the vast majority of people – it may not seem that a great deal of thought needs to be put into the interior layout of a book. Publishers and self-publishing authors will tell you that this is certainly not the case. A well-designed book, both inside and out, enables the reader to comfortably get lost in the story and the author to present their work in the best possible way. An inelegant layout, however, can lead to strained eyes, a distracted reader, and an author appearing amateurish.

So what exactly makes a good layout? There are a few important factors to consider. We are fortunate to have years of typographic convention preceding us, so we already have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t. Publishing is a fast-moving world – as is the world of literature in general – but the way that the human brain and eye processes text is pretty timeless; some of today’s most popular typefaces have been around since the Renaissance.

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