The book is called The Subject Steve, by Sam Lipsyte and is featured on Yee’s blog, right above a link to Timothy McSweeny’s site, which features a hilarious monologue from Comic Sans, by Mike Lacher.Lipsyte’s book is available on Amazon, or better yet, get if from your local bricks-and-mortar bookstore.
by Cathi Stevenson
1. Why shouldn’t I lay my book out in Word?Word is a word processing program, not designed to format files for press. There are lots of issues that can and do occur when you use Word to lay out a print project:
- Sometimes the black text is only at about 90% when printed, so you’re essentially getting a dark gray.
- Word does not work in CMYK colors, which are necessary for printed books. It works in RGB colors, which are meant for screen viewing. I’ve written an article on color that you can read, if you’d like more information.
- Word will display fonts that you don’t actually have. If you choose the italic or bold options in Word, the program will “fake” those effects, even if you don’t have the bold or italic version of the font. This means, your PDF will not have the bold or italic effects you want.
2. Where do I get an ISBN for my book?
- In the USA you purchase ISBNs from Bowker.
- In Canada you obtain your ISBNs from Collections Canada. They are free.
- In the UK you can purchase your ISBN from Nielsen Book.
3. Why don’t I need a barcode on my e-book?Barcodes are the physical scanning codes you see on products that allow scanners to determine the price. E-books are not a physical product, they are never scanned. You should have an ISBN assigned to your e-book, though.
4. Does it really matter what font I use for my book?Yes! Yes! Yes! There are many reasons, starting with professionalism, moving through readability and ending with sales that make it essential to use fonts wisely. You don’t want to alienate even one buying customer. I wrote an article a year or two ago for the Independent Book Publishers Association, and have posted an updated version of it on my blog, that addresses one aspect of fonts, that offers information that might be useful when creating ads for your book, and even the cover design. A few years ago Stephen Coles wrote a great article on book cover fonts for FontFeed.com. I think it’s still relevant today, and many of my favourites made the list. I recommend you read the whole article, which includes images. Cole’s top 10 list of book cover fonts:
- ITC New Bakserville
- FF Scala & FF Scala Sans
- Adobe Garamond (one of my all-time favorite fonts)
- Trade Gothic