The Design and Construction of eBooks, by Steve Thomas


Alignment — the relationship between the text and the margins: text may be aligned to the left margin, the right margin, centered between the margins, or justified (adjusted with the addition of white space) to align with both left and right margins.

Foreword — an introductory essay written by someone other than the author.

Half Title — a recto page bearing the title of a book, preceding the title page proper.
In the early days of book publishing, books were left with the printed sheets folded but uncut until ordered, with an expectation that the purchaser would arrange binding. The half title was intended to provide a disposable page that would protect the title page from damage prior to binding.

Leading — the height of the line from the baseline to the baseline of the line above. The name derives from the small pieces of lead the printer inserted above letters to provide extra spacing between lines.

Leaf — a paper sheet making a page of a paper book, comprising the recto and verso sides.

Measure — the width of a line.

Preface — an introductory essay written by the author.

Prologue — an introduction to a tale, not written in the author’s voice.

Recto — the right-hand page of a paper book.

Verso — the left-hand page of a paper book; the reverse side of the recto page. Hence Titleverso, the verso of the title page.

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