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The design and layout of your book should reflect the subject of the book and style of your writing. The design and layout of your book will combine choices of fonts, illustrations, and other elements placed on pages using a consistent layout design though out the book.

 
Consistency in the chapter title pages and the text pages
brings the design together.
 

Section Pages

Used to separate different sections of a book, or when a book contains more than one book within a novel. These pages will always be on the right hand side of the open book to delineate that what follows is a new beginning point in the story. A stylized font, graphic elements and/or illustrations can be used to add style and distinction to these types of pages.

Chapter Title Pages

Chapter title pages are a break in the story and a chance for the reader to put down the book. The style and layout of your chapter title pages can be designed to draw the reader back into your story line. Chapter titles, drop capital letters, or a font change of the first words or letters of the beginning paragraph can be used to add to the style of these pages. Unique illustrations for each chapter add a certain style and flavor to the book and make it easier for readers to find the place where they left off reading.

Text Page Layout

The layout of the text pages depends on the elements you want to include. The title of the book, author name, chapter name, chapter number, and page number can all be included. Page numbers can be placed at either the top or bottom of the page, whereas typically the other information is placed at the top of the text column. Text size and formatting along with rules or simple design elements will help distinguish this information from the main body of the text.
 

Choosing a font

 

Typesetting for your book includes choosing a font or typestyle, type size, line leading and hyphenation settings for the text of your book.

Typestyles should be chosen carefully for their readability. Serif fonts are traditional for novels and books, while San-serf fonts are used more often in manuals and children's books. The type size should be adjusted for readability. If your book will be read mostly by elderly people, make the type size "large print" to accommodate your readers. A larger type size may add pages to the book, but it will make it more enjoyable for the reader.

The combination of fonts used throughout the book should compliment each other for a more pleasing overall design.

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