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Typeface Matters: InDesign vs. Microsoft Word


THE PROFESSIONAL LOOK: INDESIGN / AMATEUR APPEARANCE: MICROSOFT WORD

InDesign Publishing Software. The product says it right in its packaging: design. InDesign is a high-quality document design tool used by professionals in the design and print industry.

Microsoft Word Processor. It says it right there in its packaging: word processor. Microsoft Word was never meant to be used as a book writing tool. Want to use Word for your book? Write your book in Word and then publish it in InDesign.


InDesign Letterforms. InDesign uses a Compact Font Format (CFF) technology to rasterize letterforms to produce a smoother and more readable text. InDesign letterform snapshot:











Microsoft Word Text. When Microsoft prints text, letterforms may appear distorted and blurry when you inspect it more closely. Microsoft Word text snapshot:



  





 

Microsoft Word’s letters appear blurred and nondescript due to the low resolution technology of the format.

AP Style Guide

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STYLEBOOK / YOUR RIGHT HAND MAN

The journalist's stylebook is my personal favorite and it is always by my side. This reference has a robust and modern approach to style so it gets my attention and my vote. Get a FREE copy of The Associated Press Stylebook by clicking the image to the left.

 

RESOURCES FOR THE NEW AUTHOR

There are many resources available for the new author and it is important to spend time with some of these valuable tools. Research can be the most time-consuming part of the writing process. Whether you plan to print a book via online printing, go to PDF, or decide to make a physical book, a style booknow available in PDF format (see below)can provide time efficiency when referencing grammar and style.

The QuarterBound Press reference section includes general terms and concepts to help authors raise their book IQ. Please feel free to clear your cache and refresh this web page to see new information.

The Elements of Style

BY WILLIAM STRUNK AND E. B. WHITE

This book has experienced renewed interest due to an Englishman who has criticized the book for its willy nilly approach to grammar. The book was written for the common man and college students so take a look and see what you think. ,Get a FREE copy of The Elements of Style. Click image on the left.

 

web visit. web view. web hit. What do these terms mean?

WHAT DO MY STATS REALLY MEAN? /

visit.  When you stop at a web site for the first time, this is called a “visit”.

view. Each time that you view a page on a web site, is called a “view”.

hit.    Each time that you “click” a different page, article, link, or photo, it is a “hit”.








 

ISBN number.

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF AN ISBN NUMBER?

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a number is different than the bar code. The ISBN number is the number that the bar code represents. Each line in the bar code represents the number that is assigned to a book. It is used as the book identifier and each book, edition, and variation of a book should have an ISBN number. This is the number that is placed in to software to generate the bar code.

      To the left is the bar code [red and black vertical lines] and the ISBN number [numbers].

 

CMYK. Its a destination.  

CMYK / USED BY PROFESSIONALS FOR PROFESSIONALS.

Books that are intended for print must be prepared for publication in the process colors, CMYK, a four color, subtractive color model used specifically in the print industry. This four-color model uses cyan [C], magenta [M], yellow [Y], and black [B] to produce all the colors in the color spectrum. For instance, the color space that your computer uses is generally red, green, blue, better known as RGB. You may work in the RGB world on your computer but you will use color management in your software to prepare your files, or, send your content, to a CMYK destination.  

 

Bar Code

A BAR CODE IS A DERIVATIVE OF THE ISBN NUMBER / SOFTWARE CREATES THE BAR CODE

A bar code is a digital representation of a book, corporate product, or service. The bar code is a line of numbers that is inserted in to bar code software. A software program is used to generate an image, or bar, that represents the bar code as lines which represent each number of the code. This bar code is used in stores so that your book can be placed

 

Book design software is used to professionally prepare your book for print. 

QUARTERBOUND PRESS PUBLISHES BOOKS WITH INDESIGN BUT SOFTWARE IS A MATTER OF CHOICE

Why do some book covers and interiors look so professional? Designers use special software tools to lay out books. It depends on what type of skill level you have and the amount of time that you have to learn new software but you can learn to use Adobe InDesign. This is the product that I use and the only product that I recommend for publishing books. InDesign has a medium learning curve but if you are comfortable with layers, you'll probably be comfortable with InDesign.

 

Bowker.com is the only place to purchase an ISBN number. 

ISBN / INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER

What software tool do designers use to layout a book so that it looks professional? It depends on what level of skill you have and the amount of time that you have to utilize the tool set in the software. If you can use Adobe InDesign, this is the product that I recommend. It has a medium learning curve but if you are comfortable with layers, you'll probably be comfortable

 

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS / USED BY PROFESSIONALS FOR PROFESSIONALS.

You have to do the homework and decide which reference is the best book for you: Chicago or AP? Take the time to decide because once you make this decision, all of your grammatical and syntax decisions and your approach to writing should come from the guide that best suits your needs. Get a FREE copy of The Chicago Manual of Style. Click image on the left.

 

Oxford Thesaurus of English

BY MAURIC WAITE

This is not your typical thesaurus but it is the professionals' thesaurus. There are others but feel free to look through it to see what will make your finger wag. Developed using evidence from the Oxford English Corpus, this fully revised text offers more up-to-date and complete coverage of synonyms and antonyms than any other A-Z thesaurus. Click image to see more.

 
Baker & Taylor
BOOK DISTRIBUTOR / YOUR RIGHT HAND MAN 
Baker & Taylor is a distributor of books and entertainment, has been in business for over 180 years. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina and is privately owned. In 2008, the firm had $2.26 billion in sales, employed 3,750, and was # 204 on Forbes’ list of privately owned companies. As of 2014, George Coe is both the President and CEO of the company.http://www.baker-taylor.com

Typeface is the professional’s term for font

WHAT TYPEFACE IS THE BEST TYPE FOR YOUR BOOK? / CHOOSE WISELY.

The decision to use a specific typeface is one of the wonderful, optional features of printing a book. Although there are thousands, maybe millions of different typefaces, it is important to use a typeface that represents the work that you are offering to the public.

     Example. The book, “Seeing Through Savernake” is a historical work published by Quarter Bound Press and as such, the typeface chosen for the book was designed during the pre-WWII era. This type and its letterforms reflect the tone of the period.

 

InDesign’s CFF technology shows smooth, sharp curvatures at the letter bowls, counters, finials, and lobes.

Dots Per Inch (DPI)

DOTS PER INCH

The first thing to understand about dots per inch (dpi) is that it relates to resolution, or clarity of an image. It literally means how many droplets of liquid ink are squeezed onto printed paper in a dithered pattern.

Printers now print are a general photographic usage of 1440 DPI which translates to a “best photo” mode of operations for the most common Epson printers.

For the printing of books, ask your designer to create 300dpi files of each of your images. This is the lowest DPI suggested for print quality images.

 

Picture Element (pixel)

THE SMALLEST PHYSICAL ELEMENT OF A DIGITAL DISPLAY DEVICE THAT THE EYE CAN DISCERN

This is not your typical thesaurus but it is the professionals' thesaurus. There are others but feel free to look through it to see what will make your finger wag. Developed using evidence from the Oxford English Corpus, this fully revised text offers more up-to-date and complete coverage of synonyms and antonyms than any other A-Z thesaurus. Click image to see more.

 

Blog. How is it different from a web post? 

THE QBP BLOG / FREE PUBLISHING INFORMATION

The Quarter Bound Press blog offers free information about topics that pertain to publishing. This blog space can be used to reference information regarding issues specific to publishing a book including image size, RGB vs. CMYK, image restoration, and web design.

This resource blog is alphabetized for your convenience.

 

Color: Hue, Lightness & Saturation

BETTER KNOWN AS RGB, CMYK, HSB and more.

The color is represented by millions and millions of hues, brightness. The human eye can only see a part of the entire spectrum which is between 400-700 nanometers. The human eye and the computer display “see” color very differently. What a computer must do in order to display color correctly is to work with a certain number of colors in the spectrum so that all computers read the color in the same way.

hue - This scale is generally thought of as a vertical measurement where the lightest color is at the top and the darkest color is located at the bottom.

lightness - This scale is generally thought of as a vertical measurement where the lightest color is at the top and the darkest color is located at the bottom.

saturation -

 

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