Indie Publishing : How to Design and Produce Your Own Book, Paperback

Indie Publishing : How to Design and Produce Your Own Book Paperback

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, 200 colour
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Graphic design
  • ISBN: 9781568987606



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Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book is a mildly useful, pretty to look at guide to … doing just what it says. My main issue is that this book is a very high-level survey of many different types of book making that will likely not be useful to most people. The authors spend chapters on poetry chapbooks, zines, picture books for kids or adults, exhibition catalogs, handmade books, and more. It’s rather light in content for each book type so it acts as more of an introduction than a thorough guide to self-publishing. It provides some value by showing visually what some of the other guide books only describe. And they walk you through Print-on-Demand publishing in step-by-step fashion. But they do make one glaring recommendation mistake, which is to not send out many review copies because they can be “expensive.” All the other self-publishing guides I’ve read recommend review copies as the primary and best method of publicizing your book.

Overall, my recommendation would be to skim this book at the library and don’t buy it. It might be inspirational to you, and it might spur you to invest more than you had planned to design an attractive book, and that’s great. It could lift the quality of self-publishing to some extent. But you’ll be spending the cover price on content that you don’t need and pretty pictures. The bible is still [Book: Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual, 16th Edition].
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"Indie Publishing" offers an overview of the independent publishing scene as well as a how to get started in it. The book comprises various essays and tutorials by different designers, authors and publishers. It is, however, not an in-depth guide book about craft and technique; "Indie Publishing" is about answering the question of "where do I start?"Under Lupton's editorial hand, the book is extremely accessible and a delightful read. It does act as a great introduction to the alternative world of non-mainstream publishing, though I do wish it went into depth and detail a little bit more throughout.

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