Some of us older folks still like to enjoy the crispness of the text and the smell of the ink as they journey through a good tale. Large print in a hefty volume is a plus when it comes to reading by the fireside. No electricity needed. No chargers. No computers. No Smart Phones.
I decided to build a giant version of my novel, The Dooda, to illustrate the idea that in some cases, bigger could be better! I want it to be something special with large easy-to-read type and an inviting cover that feels good to hold.
The page size is more or less dictated by the digital press. The common business letter size of 8.5" x 11" works nicely. The project can be printed two pages up on an oversize sheet.
Using 18 point Bookman for the body typestyle, my 200, 000 word novel turns out to be almost 1000 pages, making a stack almost 2.5" high!
A book of this size must have a very durable binding. The best method for flat sheets is to punch and stitch them through the side.
A piece of cloth fabric cemented to the spine, followed by several liberal coats of PVA help to bind the pages together. The holes made by the punch will be used to attach and secure the wrap-around cover which I will show in detail in my next post.