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Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book (Design Brief) [Paperback]

Ellen Lupton
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1 Dec 2008 Design Brief
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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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (1 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568987609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568987606
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 17.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is the best book I've seen to help small or self-publishers create and publish their own books. It looks fabulous itself - beautifully designed - so should inspire creativity. There's plenty of sensible advice, too, based on sound industry knowledge, about how to edit, design, produce, market and distribute your publication. I teach a publishing course and have put it near the top of the reading list. Its only downside for the UK is that its points of reference are the US, but that's hardly the book's fault. I haven't seen a British book on the subject that's as good as this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 28 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a terrific book for the novice (of which I am one). It explains all aspects of publishing with many examples and practical advice. An excellent starting point.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the basics 14 April 2013
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A basic outline of the methods, processes and theory that go into creating a book. Nothing really exciting but I would recommend to anyone who likes their art & craft. Would only recommend as quick read if you're designing for professional purposes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good introduction to self publishing 19 Dec 2012
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This is a good start to thinking about publishing your own book with some useful tips and guides of how to get started in what can be quite a confusing journey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Independent Publishing Elegantly Demystified 29 Oct 2008
By reader and maker - Published on Amazon.com
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With the rise of DIY crafts and easier-than-ever access to professional book printing, this book fills a need. Unlike any book on independent publishing I've seen, this one takes authors and designers through a visual tour of the basics of independent publishing.

Indie Publishing is not an exhaustive manual about the business of publishing nor is it a technical design manual. Its strength is in demystifying a process that has been kept quite opaque by publishers for decades. It guides people through the stages of indie publishing such as designing, planning, handmaking books or having books printed. If you are looking for more information about any one aspect: typography, business planning, marketing, editing, etc., then there is a bibliography with well-proven resources covering those details.

Ellen Lupton, the editor, has fashioned a careful structure which reveals each stage in logical sequence. The writing enriches the visuals. Many design books are poorly written. This one you actually want to read. And read again.

The photos illustrate key points while serving as inspirations. The abundance of sample projects spans the gamut from experimental to commercial. They allow readers to imagine the books they'd like to publish fitting somewhere in between.

I'm a big fan of Princeton Architectural Press. Their ability to maintain high quality and affordability is rare and refreshing. The printing is sharp, the papers are substantial and the design of the book honors the projects without being the least bit dry. It is fresh and serves by itself as a source of inspiration for readers.

I'll be recommending this book to my design students and friends who have books in them waiting to be shared with the world. Thanks to all who contributed to this book. You've opened doors for many.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Magazine than book... 6 Feb 2009
By Peabody - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a brief overview that spans many aspects of indie publishing: the zine, the portfolio, the fiction novel, the art book, binding, etc... but does so much in so few pages that most of the information in the book is already known to any reader that has an interest in indie publishing.

I say that this book is more magazine than book, because it has a nice visual layout, not much information, and would be something you would flip through-- reading out of order, quickly glacing, and turning pages quickly rather than a book that has thick information to absorb. Its nice if you need a little inspiration and want to flip through it from time to time, but I'd mostly advise people just to check this one out from the library.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An artist's perspective... 15 Jan 2009
By L. Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love this book. Its technical and design aspects have already been lauded and rightfully so. The book is rife with information and examples on every aspect of the bookmaking process. It's an easy read and with chapters on poetry, fiction, portfolios and zines you get a taste for the possibilities with any genre. Practical production basics and accompanying illustrations are provided hand in hand with wise and witty instruction. Reading this book has been like taking a workshop with an innovative teacher. Yet what I found most valuable is the inspiration gleaned from each page of this little gem of a manual. Chapter after chapter I felt more encouraged and confident as if Ellen Lupton and team were saying, "Go on, you can do it--here's how." Thank you Ellen, Princeton Architectural Press and Maryland Institute College of Art, I'm using this guide to publish my first book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entry into online book publishing 25 April 2009
By A. Rosenthal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I wanted to publish my own photographic memoir, the advice in this book was really helpful, and now that I've done it, I would recommend this book as a useful guide.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good inspiration 20 April 2009
By Steven Dayton - Published on Amazon.com
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There is some very good inspiration in this little book. There is also some very nice instruction on book construction. I do wish they had spent some time talking about or mentioning some of very good open source graphics apps instead of all the really expensive apps. That would have balanced the book better. But then I guess you can't expect much else from people who are trained in graphic design and tend to be a bit biased. All in all though I would recommend this book as an inspiration tool.
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