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Old 08-15-2007, 06:06 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Marilynx View Post
I've had least had time to think about the layouts: I'm just going to have to see how Pagemaker will let me do it. Probably end up going with Lulu for the printing since it's very decidedly small press type thing.
PageMaker can produce any sort of layout you can think of — I used it for book and magazine production for many years.

Originally Posted by Marilynx
I'm actually thinking of going with a slightly larger font -- maybe 14 points? -- which would make it easier a cook to have the book set up on the counter and still be able to see it.
Until you choose the typeface and the size of the pages, it is pointless to speak of type size. At any given size, some look larger than others, and the length of the line will dictate how large the type should be. However, 14 point in any font I can think of is very large. They use type of that size for large-print books or lectern bibles.

The best way to make the book useful that way would be to use a comb or spiral binding. Then the spreads will lie perfectly flat. Barring that, be sure to leave sufficient margins on the pages. You do not want text to fall in the shadow area where the pages meet the binding edge. And that margin should be narrower than the outer one, where hands go. (The text should amount to about 50% of the area of each page.)

Originally Posted by Marilynx
I regularly work in Times-Roman for body text, but I'm given to understand that it's positively passe these days.
It’s not that it is passe, although its very familiarity can make it look unserious. More to the point, though, it is not a good book type (too narrow). If you need to use a font you already have, see if you have Century Schoolbook. That is a good text face, very readable. Also sturdy and sensible, able to withstand any sort of printing process.

Originally Posted by Marilynx
Any thoughts? Be grateful for useful books. I never can find things in the online help. They don't index things the way I think!
I suspect PageMaker will not think the way you do either. It was originally designed for graphic designers and typesetters, and used their terminology and mode of thinking. The hardest part will be overcoming the warped way that Word thinks of things, but we’ll be here to help.

I will look for my most recent PageMaker books, see if any will work with version 7. (Older books might be more confusing.)

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