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Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book

by Edited by Ellen Lupton
£12.99   paperback  Princeton Architectural Press (2008)

Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book by Edited by Ellen Lupton Perhaps you need a full-color catalog for your first exhibition at a local gallery. Maybe you're inspired to publish your grandfather's war diaries, or you're obsessed with documenting every Star Wars action figure ever produced. Indie Publishing presents basic information about publishing your own book, whether informally or for friends or family, or in a more official way. If a wonderful old building in your neighborhood is about to be torn down, a short history of the site could help save it. If you work with kids after school, a book of their poetry could show the world what they've achieved. If you've written a steamy novel that publishers keep turning down, now is the time to publish it yourself.
 
This practical guide is directed at people from all walks of life who want to create and distribute their own content, from personal projects that use traditional bookmaking techniques to larger endevours employing industrial printing methods. The authors address the business aspects of independent publishing, from how to get an ISBN (and why you might need one) to using online distribution services and print-on-demand technologies. They also explore visual design principles, taking the reader step-by-step through the process of planning and producing a book that feels personal or professional, funky or fastidious.
 
This focus on design sets Indie Publishing apart from other publish-it-yourself manuals. Packed with full-color illustrations, this visually driven book presents examples of independently produced poetry, fiction, picture books, artist's portfolios, exhibition catalogs, and more. The book explores basic design principles such as scale, pacing, and typography, along with commentary on how to create effective and intriguing book covers, title pages, and layouts. A variety of bookmaking techniques and processes are explained. Indie Publishing shows readers a range of marketing materials, and it concludes with a portfolio of exciting examples of independent publishing at work.

ISBN 13: 9781568987606 | ISBN 10: 1568987609