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single or double space/font size

bostons4u What is a good space to go with when formatting your work, single, 1 1/2 space or double.  Also what is the best lettering to use and the size.  I will be using Adobe

Posted on: 8:10 pm on August 29, 2005
Ebook Architect Hello.

I have found that 1.5 line spacing works well. In terms of fonts consider using Verdana, Trebuchet MS, or Arial. Try and stay away from Times New Roman. It gives the ebook an unpolished look.

Just my opinion

Posted on: 1:32 pm on September 7, 2005
Storyman Boston4u,

Are you using CSS by chance? It gives you greater control on line spacing. The code you would be looking for is leading (some web dev. programs use line height). Leading is an old printers term for the blank lead placed between lines of text. In CSS the excess space is divided between above and below the text, so the text is centered in the space provided for line height.

BTW if you use .em as the measurement for the text/line-height both elements will adjust proportionally.

(Edited by Storyman at 11:44 am on Sep. 7, 2005)

Posted on: 7:41 pm on September 7, 2005
bostons4u Hi Ebook Architect

Thanks for answering.  I guess I should have read it in your book.  Your book was one of the first I purchased to find out how to start doing this.  I am close to getting finished with the book.  It has taken me about 3 months to write it.  100 pages Seems like an eternity.  How many pages a day did  you write?  

Thanks to storyman too.  Really didn't understand all that tech stuff but I appreciate the response.

Posted on: 5:31 am on September 8, 2005
Neenah13 I use CSS in most of my books, but I confess, it's a very simple one! It doesn't do anything for line height. I control the text, color, links, and hover with it. Some of them have text size control. But I haven't added it to all of my style sheets yet. I tend to find something that works for me, and run forever with it! Chicken of change, that's me!

When CSS first came out, I dragged my feet in using it, mainly because everyone recommended still using the regular tags for those using older browsers that might not recognize the CSS. Seemed to be adding to my workload instead of helping.

Now, I wouldn't think of making a web page or an ebook without my simple CSS!

As for fonts, there are those of us who feel Arial isn't terribly professional looking. However, I fought the temptation to use Times New Roman for my novels...especially the longest one. Times New Roman gives me the smallest page count...369 or thereabouts. In the end, I used Bookman Old Style--which increased the count by 100 pages. This is using the a size 10 font.  Used size ten in TNR, too.  

There are epublishers who actually want you to submit using Times New Roman. If you're publishing it yourself, which I am, it's really a personal choice. But, make it a practice to find out what other authors and publishers are using. I used Bookman Old Style in part because the young author I'm mentoring had a book printed by BookLocker. Her ebook copy was done in Bookman Old Style as well as the print copy.

For non fiction works, Arial, Verdana, even Helvetica work fine. For fiction, I'd rather use Bookman Old Style or GoudyOlSt BT, although for one of my kid stories, I did use Trebuchet MS.  It might even become the font I do kid stuff in.

I love the freedom we have in publishing our own works. I'm having a lot of fun with it--it's rather addictive!


Posted on: 11:42 pm on September 8, 2005
EBookCompiler I think it depends on what media you are expecting people to read it.

If you are publishing and expect people to read on their computer (web pages or most EXE format E-Books), I personally would never use Times Roman.  The reason is that many traditional fonts looking either jagged (older Windows systems) or fuzzy (new Windows system) at smallish sizes on screen - well at least to my eyes.  Read this article to understand why.

Another consideration for on screen publishing, is if you use exotic fonts, that you have on your system, users may not have them on their system and the page can end up displaying totally different on their systems.

Verdana is probably the best choice for on-screen, as it's clear even at small point sizes in this use (it was designed specifically for on-screen use), and is available on pretty much all Windows PC. Unfortunately it does tend to be wide (meaning it's not always suitable for packing into a menu or small space) and doesn't look so great at larger point sizes.  This is one reason why a lot of web pages use Arial.

If you are printing the book out, or expect people to print out, then choice of font is much more flexible, because prints are usually much higher resolution. I don't mind Times Roman in this format.

A general rule of typography is not to mix too many fonts.

Traditional wisdom is to use a Serif typeface for small text, and a Sans Serif typeface for headlines etc.  You do see many print publications (even broadsheet newspapers!) breaking this "rule", and even more professional online publications breaking it,  but it's still a good rule of thumb if you're totally lost about what design to follow.

And lastly, I recommend you do at least learn how to do hover links in CSS. You'd be surprised how much more usable this can make a web site or EXE format eBook.

Posted on: 1:22 am on September 9, 2005
Zebulon I agree with Sunil and most of the posts here regarding fonts

I personnaly use DreamWeaver for all aspects of HTMLbuildups...The CSS feature is quick and very easy to understand and implement.  You see what you get and it makes the changes right away in your .css file.

Many free CSS Freewares exists out there...  Take a look atwww.sourceforge.netand type CSS freware in Google...  Just be aware that from Google you might end up with a Freeware that puts some Add or Aware stuff on your computer.  Be carefull


Posted on: 1:48 pm on September 13, 2005
Storyman Zebulon,

Until recently I was using Dreamweaver MX 2004. Lately, I've been using GoLive CS2 and have found it has much better CSS development tools.

Another feature that is useful when it comes to ebook design is that during development all of the components (i.e. images, stylesheets, etc.) can be kept in different folders until exported. During export there is an option to flatten the site, which means that everything will be placed in the same folder (Source folder for Activ).

The downside of GLCS2 is that it is not PHP friendly and for that I still use DW.

You can download a demo version of GL from Adobe's site.

BTW as you probably already know Macromedia has been purchased by Adobe. It'll be interesting to see how they handle DW/GL.

Posted on: 2:59 pm on September 13, 2005

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