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c h
Joined: 14 Mar 2012 - 4:39pm
Body text size when designing books


I am new to design and was wondering how to decide what size the body text should be when creating a book. Are there any methods or rules to work it out? Or is it just a matter of preference depending on the font?


Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am

Depending on a series of factors, not least age of intended readers.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

Start with something much smaller than a book!


Victor Curran's picture
Joined: 31 Dec 2008 - 3:34pm

I recommend you start by checking out these books. Though both written decades ago, they remain the standard references for book typography:

The Design of Books by Adrian Wilson

Bookmaking by Marshall Lee

David Yoon's picture
Joined: 17 Apr 2006 - 7:58pm

There's no formula, but some factors that are particularly important to consider are the size of the page (or width of the text column) and the x-height and width of the font. Also budget constraints, printing method and paper choice, the kind of book you want it to look like and, as Riccardo mentioned, the target readership.