6: Design
Design for the Reader
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The most important person in book design is your reader. Everything we do is intended to make the reading experience better, and in this lesson we’ll review some of the ways book design accomplishes that aim.


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Comments here (5 comments so far)

  1. Dorran
    9 years ago


    This file is the Module 6 intro file, not the Design for the Reader mp3 audio file. Could you please post the correct file. Thanks.


  2. Joel
    9 years ago

    The correct file is now in place. Sorry for the problem, Dorran.


  3. Jeff Cotton
    9 years ago

    Joel, regarding the size of the book. If a novel is quite long (say 150,000 words), are the smaller sizes (e.g. 5.25 x 8) going to be problematic, given how thick the book will have to be?

  4. Bill
    8 years ago


    This video recommends downloading the “Book Construction Download”. Where can I find that artifact?

    Specifically, I’m looking for the best practices for constructing an ebook around the topic of “In what order should the verso (?) elements be arranged in the interior organization of an ebook? Does this recommendation very between fiction and nonfiction?”

    Specifically, should my fiction ebook use an interactive Table of Contents, and if so, should that appear before the content of the book? Similarly, I’ve seen a lot of ebook that start with the Cover on page one, follow by the start of the story on Page 2. (in the ebook). What is the best order for my content?



    • Joel
      8 years ago

      Bill, the Book Construction Blueprint is available from the Module 6 Start Here page. It’s quite useful, but oriented mostly to print books.

      For an ebook, fiction authors have to ask themselves if they really need a Contents page, and many novels clearly don’t need one. You want to get your reader into the story as soon as possible, and that’s why many ebook authors have moved a lot of the front matter to the back of the book or even to a website.

      If you have descriptive chapter titles, I would lean toward including a Contents page, since there’s value to the reader. If all your chapters are named “Chapter 1,” Chapter 2,” you may be able to just skip the contents page altogether.