Page Layout Design

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.

Section Pages

Section pages are 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 page 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

Book page layout, chapter title page design samples

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 type style, type size, line leading and hyphenation settings for the text of your book.

Type styles or Fonts 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. Scripts are a nice way to add a personal feel to the layout but they must be readable and never in all caps, or it will just confuse and aggravate the reader. For the body of the text the font needs to include all the subsets, like italics and bold or they will revert to the regular typeface. There are many wonderful fonts that fit the bill so no need to limit your options to Times New Roman.

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. Children’s books need larger type sizes to make it easier for young reader and parents to share the book while reading.

Most of all the combination of fonts used in a layout should be limited to 2-3 fonts at most, and should compliment each other for a more pleasing overall design.