The Design of Books: An Explainer for Authors, Editors, Agents, and Other Curious Readers

Univ. of Chicago. Mar. 2024. 248p. ISBN 9780226822952. pap. $22.50. REF
Professional book designer Berne debuts with her first self-authored (and designed) title that seemingly anticipates every question people curious about book production might ask, as well as many they probably hadn’t thought about. Typefaces, print runs, paper quality, spacing, and the visual impact of illustrations and covers all receive her attention and careful consideration. She explains genre differences and provides fulsome definitions, background details, and helpful diagrams, including pictorials. She also enhances the content with contextually rich historical details. Environmental issues such as paper shortages, along with innovations made possible by new technology such as self-publishing and ebooks, are addressed. Berne also examines why certain marketing decisions might be made about a book.
VERDICT This title illuminates all that goes into producing and designing a book. A must for authors, editors, designers, and curious readers. Give to those who enjoyed ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter and Nicolas Barker. They’ll love this book too.
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