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Old 08-12-2009, 01:31 PM   #21
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michael: The book you have was first published in England in 1990 by the Casle Hill Press—owners, Wilson and his wife; you can safely be a boring writer if you own the publisher.
LOL!! Indeed...perhaps that explains the piss-poor book design too...'-}}

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Old 08-12-2009, 03:01 PM   #22
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perhaps that explains the piss-poor book design too
It nay do, but we don't know what the edition published by Castle Hill Press was like; books can get awfully mauled about by a second publisher that isn't prepared to spend a penny he doesn't have to.

   
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Without hyphenation good typographic color is not possible, and large word spaces (especially patterns of them) make text hard to read.
I do find that inDesign's paragraph composer helps a lot - though lines that look OK on screen may not do in print.

Maybe I should send you one of my books for a critique - when I feel brave enough.

   
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I do find that inDesign's paragraph composer helps a lot - though lines that look OK on screen may not do in print.
That’s for sure.

Just as no one should select fonts at large sizes when they are intended for text. It is too easy to be charmed by some details that are almost invisible on the page. Or worse, that make the text hard to read.

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Maybe I should send you one of my books for a critique - when I feel brave enough.
Oh, no! No books, at least not for such a purpose! I imagine you do just fine, anyway.

It occurred to me that I don’t really like hyphens either. Hyphenation is essential, but the character sure is unappealing. Good thing that it practically disappears on the page (unless, of course, it is badly used).

   
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