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Working on Book Interiors - Adding and Deleting Pages

An article for graphic designers on how to design and layout book interiors. Books, especially those which break into chapters, are going to require more checking than most other projects to make sure that the pages flow properly . Book interiors require so much checking and recheck because deleting or even adding just one page can have a huge domino effect throughout the rest of the book.

Designing and Editing Interiors of Books


Designing & Editing Book Interiors - Adding and deleting pages

 

by Ben Baker

 

Books, especially those which break into chapters, are going to require more checking than most other projects to make sure that the pages flow properly . Book interiors require so much checking and recheck because deleting or even adding just one page can have a huge domino effect throughout the rest of the book.

 

You don’t even have to add a page intentionally. Just by adding a few lines of text or an images can force the text to jump to a newly created page.

 

Example:

 

You lay out a chapter. The chapter ends with the last line of the chapter being the last line of the page. If you add a line into this chapter, it will now jump to another page. If you add an image, it will also jump to another page.

 

Depending on your layout specs this can create another jump page at the end of the document. If that’s the case, the chapter is now out of sync with the rest of the book.

 

You’ll have to back up and add a page somewhere in the chapter inside the book. Now, flow copy onto the page you just added.

 

Because this has created a new page, each page after this new page is now one farther back in the book.

 

Example: The chapter ends on page 53. But, you add a line which makes the chapter increase one page. It now ends on Page 54. That means the previous page 54 is now 55. 55 is now 56 and so on.

 

If you don’t make layout corrections now, you can magnify this problem.

 

Example in which you didn’t correct the flow: In a later chapter, you add an image. To fit the image, the chapter has to add a page. The chapter used to end on Page 101 before you started making additions, but now it ends on Page 103. When your first addition was put in, a new page 54 was created. The chapter added a page to the end on 102. But because you didn’t check the flow, it now ends on 103.

 

Instead of having 1 page to work in properly, you now have two.

 

When pages are inserted at the end of the document, instead of at the end of a chapter, this problem can rapidly increase to the point where you’ll be spending hours trying to get pages back in order.

 

If the layout inserts a page at the proper point, then you have less of a problem, provided you either Auto Numbered the pages (QuarkXpress can do this) or have not manually numbered the pages. This shifting page issue is the reason I do manual page numbers as the very last layout work on a book. If you take this advice, your book editing should be a LOT easier for you. Good luck.

 

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Ben Baker is a published author and has several more books on query with publishing houses and agents. He has produced a number of books for first time authors.

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