21 May, 2008

Bookish design

Working in a library, I know firsthand the excitement, romance and imperilment that can occur at the issue desk and in the stacks.

Why isn't there more fiction set in the noisy, dramatic confines of the library?

Julia Weist's novel about a sophisticated New York Librarian who moves to a small town in the American Midwest to discover life, liberty and happiness is published by writer, lecturer and designer Ellen Lupton, and designed by one of her students.

Lupton, who publishes usually writes about design, is soon to publish a book about self-publishing and book design.

The advent of publish on demand services like Lulu.com makes self-publishing a much better prospect than it was in the past for many writers and small publishers.

Self-publishers just need to make sure they get good design for their book covers.