What is Type-setting?
Type-setting (or setting type) was the name of the job given to the profession for someone who laid out the individual type letter stamps for printed newspapers. Although newspapers don’t use those metal letter stamps anymore, the name of type-setting stuck. The act of typesetting is setting the individual letters and words down for print preparation to have the best result in print. This can include leading, kerning, font type and font size. You might be thinking “sure, anyone can do that”, and with enough practice, like any other trade, you might be right, but please remember that type-setting was a trade and there are 101 little nuances to the job that are trade specific.
CAN YOU PROFESSIONALLY TYPE-SET YOUR OWN BOOK?
Yes, if you’re a designer, graphic design student, type-setter and have the appropriate software, then we do encourage you to type-set your own book. We want for nothing more then for you to love your book, and if you’re the kind of person that knows what they want and are capable, then we encourage you to try. If you’re not a professional designer or typesetter then you probably won’t have the software required to make a professional looking book. While you can try with a Microsoft Word PDF, it won’t be a professional finish. That being said, we’re always happy to help where we can.
CAN YOU AFFORD TO HAVE YOUR BOOK PROFESSIONALLY TYPE-SET?
Probably, yes. All you need to do is talk to us about your project and send us through a Word document so we can determine the total new book size page count, and we’ll be able to send you a fixed price quote on type-setting. If you’re self publishing a book and this is self-funded, then please do let us know. We will bend over backwards to put you in the right direction.
What's the verdict?
It's probably better to call us so we can talk and establish your specific book printing needs.