Indie Publishing: How to Design and Publish Your Own Book

Indie Publishing: How to Design and Publish Your Own Book

Ellen Lupton

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 1568987609

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Once referred to derisively as "vanity publishing," self-published books are finally taking their place alongside moreaccepted indie categories such as music, film, and theater. Indie Publishing is a practical guide to creating and distributing printed books regardless of your background, skill set, or ambition. It will help you realize projects of every scale and budget, from the traditional bookmaking techniques used to create zines to the more ambitious industrial production methods required to produce hardcover books in large quantity.

Indie Publishing's special focus on the visual design of books makes it unique among publish-it-yourself manuals. Readers are taken step-by-step through the process of designing a book to give it personal style as well as visual coherence and authority. Design principles such as scale, cropping, pacing, and typography are explored in relation to each example, along with commentary on how to create effective title pages, tables of contents, captions, and more. Indie Publishing aims to inspire readers with examples of print projects similar to those they might undertake on their own. Sample designs include a picture book, artist's portfolio, exhibition catalog, poetry chapbook, novel, and zine. Indie Publishing addresses the important business aspects of independentpublishingfrom how and why you should get an isbn number to creating promotional materials and using the internet to market your book. This comprehensive, illustrated guide concludes with a curated portfolio of the most exciting examples of independent publishing from the contemporary scene, reproduced in full color. If you have content to share and you want to give it a fresh and orderly form, this book will kick-start your project and keep you motivated until the ink dries. Indie Publishing is the eighth title in our best-selling Design Briefs series, which has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide.

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themes, materials and sizes. Laid out on the pages of a book, they clearly represent the style and vision of a single artist. The portfolio was produced using Lulu’s print-ondemand service. Lee can order just a few copies at a time, and it is easy to update the pages with new work and order more copies as needed. You could also make an artist’s portfolio using a desktop printer and bind it using one of the methods described in the “Make Your Own Books” section of this guide. 106 | Indie

for an artist or designer, showing off production skills while creating an elegant showcase for the work inside. Artists’ books and short-run editions of poetry can be beautifully and efficiently made by hand. Writers often collaborate with printers, designers, and book artists to make elegant literary editions. Use the techniques described on the following pages to express your artistic side while controlling every aspect of the project, from the binding method to the choice of paper, thread,

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