Portrait, Landscape, or A Combination of Both – Which Book Layout is the Best
The layout of a page could be truly overwhelming, especially if you’ve only got an empty screen in front of you. Where are you supposed to start? The following are the important choices you have, in which the strengths well as the weaknesses of each are also explained.
First of all, you have to decide on the page orientation you would prefer to use in your book – portrait or landscape. Portrait is characterized by a taller orientation than being wide. One the other hand, landscape would be wider just like an actual landscape.
Consumption influences form is supposed to be the guiding thought to apply whenever selecting page orientation. How would you prefer to read your book? Will they be using a tablet of a personal computer when reading? Will you be adding several images or mostly text? Your answers to such question is going to influence your decision.
In general, portrait orientation is ideal for books having mostly text. It lets the eyes travel comfortably across a nearer distance compared to if one has to read the wider landscape orientation. Naturally, you can create several columns with the landscape orientation to fix that. On the other hand, we generally prefer reading a larger presentation of the content.
If your book has a lot of pictures, graphics, video, and other supporting materials within its text, a landscape orientation is probably what you would like to use. It is going to be more convenient for you to incorporate these elements using this orientation. Landscape potentially allows you to produce more exciting layouts. This can as well as will prove to be more difficult, so it is important to make sure that all the layouts you have in mind really enhance your book and not serve as distractions.
Portrait and Landscape Combined
In general, people are going to automatically go for a book that features these orientations all together. Be cautious. It is twice the effort, plus it can be really challenging to incorporate the two designs correctly.
The upside of combining the two is evidently that readers can choose. However, if the images in one orientation don’t look good, did you truly offer them a better choice? Perhaps not. It is better to go with one, if not the other.
Additional Insight: Structure
Once you’re finally decided on the page orientation to use, the next thing to do is to determine the structure of the book you have. Is it going to feature multiple chapters or only one (similar to the coffee table type of book)? Will these chapters be divided into sub-sections? Will the sections be further divided into sub-sections?
Finally, the structure your book is going to have will have to be based on what kind of book you want to create. A book that is trying to pass on more information is perhaps going to need more structure as well.