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Old 04-16-2008, 01:57 AM   #1
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I'm about to write a book and I intend to publish it as an ebook but also later as a regular one made out ot paper. I'm using Serif Pageplus X2 and I would very much like to get my hands on some kind of template to start with.

Somewhere I also have a copy of Quark 5 which came with a magazine but I would prefer working with PagePlus.

Does anyone know where I can find a template for making a book?

I appreciate any help I can get.
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Old 04-16-2008, 04:07 AM   #2
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I'm about to write a book and I intend to publish it as an ebook but also later as a regular one made out ot paper. I'm using Serif Pageplus X2 and I would very much like to get my hands on some kind of template to start with.
I'm not certain what you mean by a template for a book, but did you notice that Serif sells software specifically designed for writing a novel. It seems to be set up like a template -- a kind of mental one. It has been a long time since I've written fiction, but the thought of using a template is completely contradictory to my sense of inspiration and how the creative process operates... but when I read the e-mail on this software, I thought it seemed very interesting. I would have tried it, if I had the time.

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In a way, your library, local bookstore, and even your own bookshelves are full of book “templates” — assuming you are looking for ideas for design and layout. The process of identifying pages (spreads, actually, as books are always viewed two pages at a time) that you like and figuring out why you like them can be very instructive. And good books will have the standard front and back matter (title, copyright, contents, etc.; and index) so you can see how they are used.

Some book printing companies have guidelines that can be helpful too — and you can see that some sizes are more economical to produce in print, which may influence that decision. One of my favorite book printers, Whitehall, has a web site with helpful articles about aspects of the book. That may get you started, too.

Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

   
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I think the OP probably meant a page layout/structure suitable for a book. I agree with you that a template for the content is - in the creative sense, not apparently logical. Of course, those of us who have to write technical docs for a living thrive on them! (My templates are all internal - from many years of thinking in a certain way as dictated by the needs of the job.)
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I agree with you that a template for the content is - in the creative sense, not apparently logical.
Yeah but now I wonder if I should rethink this. A template could be a stimulus. I would like to try it some time and see what happens. Of course, I mean in "my spare time." That software from Serif on writing a novel did look interesting. Well, I think I've just read too many books on how a novel is written, which maybe, has brought me to the understanding that writing uses a personal mental template more than we realize. Or maybe the result would be too second rate. We don't discuss inspiration much in the forum. It's an interesting subject, but it can get so controversial.

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Giannis —

Today’s New York Times Business section has an article — “Turn Those Bytes into Books” — that might interest you.

It is about the Blurb web site (whose slogan is “Real books. Made by you.”). This is something like Lulu and other publish-on-demand sites, but seems to place more emphasis on design. You can download free bookmaking software (Mac or PC), browse through existing books produced with the help of the site, and get other information.

I have no idea how this fits into your plans, nor whether you would be committing to more than you want to give up by dealing with them, but it might be worth checking out.

   
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