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Old 02-02-2008, 01:24 AM   #1
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Default Booklet Questions

Presently, in printing booklets I'm using a Georgia 11 pt. font on 8.5 x 11 folded paper. I can make changes to a booklet's type and layout as often as I like with quick printing -- even each one. Right now, my cost per booklet is a nickel. But I am always considering a few recurring questions.

> Although a ragged right margin does ensure even spacing of words, does that necessarily mean greater ease of reading? It seems to me that overall appearance of the page affects the psychology of perception, and a justified margin actually reads smoother in booklets. A ragged right margin can be an unconscious distraction.

> In a like manner, do even inside/outside margins read easier? It seems that a more narrow inside margin also can be a distraction, again considering the unconscious psychology of overall page appearance. I like to make the inside margin just a bit more narrow, as I get a slightly wider column, in letting the outside margin have room for the thumb. But I wonder if the distraction nullifies any advantage that my particular layout realizes with greater column width.

> Then, what thumb size do I use as average in figuring the outside margin? Right now, I have the margin set to 4.5 pica (that's 3/4in., and the inside is 3.5 pica, 5/8in. -- but maybe, I should consider even reducing the inside). It seems comfortable overall for handling and viewing, but I use my own thumb for a model. (Although I'm setting in picas now, I have to measure the printed page columns in inches, as I don't have a pica ruler. They must sell those.)

[In printing, my left page column moves to the right about 1/8in., unless I manually push the frame slightly past the guidelines. What causes that?]

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