Typesetting services

We can handle general trade books, to the most complex of 1000+ page academic textbooks. We format text and content ensuring it is accurate and consistent, using industry standard software from Adobe, Quark and Office, and we learn quickly about how a design or document is put together. Our expert typographic knowledge, understanding of editorial style and eye for detail, is also a natural benefit. Our turnaround times are prompt, or they are set by you. We typeset books, journals and publications on a regular basis for publishers:

  • Mathematical, chemical and scientific equations and formulas.
  • Well named and clearly setup stylesheets.
  • Conversion/reformat/repurpose of old legacy QuarkXPress files into Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word documents.
  • Expert typographic and typeface selection advice.
  • Footnotes, endnotes, quotations.
  • Format to composition or template specification.
  • Microtypography issues (justification, kerning, leading, tracking, hyphenation, superscript/subscript setting).
  • OpenType feature knowledge.
  • Multilingual texts (Cyrillic, Greek, foreign languages).
  • Fix of widow/orphan words and lines, and cleaning text rags.
  • Prepress preflight (removal of unused spaces, fonts and swatches).
  • Setup to printer’s specification (bleed/crop marks, PDF preparation, image resolution, colour management and profiles, pagination).
  • Tables (including decimal point alignment in numerical data).
  • XML (Extensible Markup Language) tagging.

Cinema film directory front cover at a 45 degree angle. Shows a woman's face contemplating

Image of 1st spread of the book showing typesetting of a world cinema film directory

Image of 2nd spread of the book showing typesetting of a world cinema film directory

Image of 3rd spread of the book showing typesetting of a world cinema film directory

Image of 4th spread of the book showing typesetting of a world cinema film directory

Client

Intellect Books.

Title

Directory of world cinema: Turkey.

Book type

Film directory, reference.

Input

Typesetting, corrections.

Details

3 column layout. Pages: 215. Page size: width 170mm × height 240mm. Paper: unknown, 100g/m².

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The client needed a wide range of information (text, foreign text extracts and photos) typesetting exactly the same as their previous world cinema directories, in a variating 3 column layout.

We amended a large amount of corrections from the editors. The text also included many Turkish specific diacritic marks, some were not available in the typeface used, and had to be put in manually using the available standalone diacritic marks and kerning.

Photograph of the ELT teachers workbook, red front cover at a 45 degree angle

Image of a spread showing complex typesetting using stylesheets, tables and images. ELT teachers workbook

Image of a spread showing workbook/activity section for people to work through. ELT teachers workbook

Image of a spread showing table typesetting. ELT teachers workbook

Client

Oxford University Press.

Title

Incredible English, Teacher’s Book 2, 2nd edition.

Book type

English Language Teaching (ELT).

Input

Educational and worksheet typesetting.

Details

2 column layout, use of publisher’s custom InDesign scripts. Pages: 176. Page size: A4: width 210mm × height 297mm. Paper: unknown, 80g/m².

Short description of what we did for the client and project

This worldwide academic publisher needed a diverse range of content (icons, images, tables, dingbats, many heading levels) handling for them and typesetting.

We typeset this book exactly as specified by OUP in their detailed and extensive brief and handover notes. We avoided widow lines at the top of columns, and orphan lines at the bottom of columns. There was a large amount of paragraph and character stylesheets, along with nested styles, and various symbol and dingbat fonts. The manuscript from the editors, also had various text tags, which when imported into InDesign, were changed to their actual style. The editors for this title used InCopy, and any overflown text was linked into a text frame on the pasteboard, so they could still get access to the text. We produced a final proof for this book with a minimum amount of fuss.

Medical/scientific textbook cover design. Photograph of the cover at a 45 degree angle showing the front and spine. The cover uses metallic paper

Image of the book showing academic/medical typesetting with complex scientific/Greek characters/symbols and equations

Image of the book showing academic/medical typesetting with images in grid system

Image of the book showing academic/medical typesetting showing complex tables and illustrations

Client

BioMed.

Title

Medical Imaging, 5.

Book type

Medical, scientific.

Input

Book cover design, medical/scientific textbook design, page layout, complex academic typesetting, and paper research and sourcing.

Details

2 column layout based on 9 × 9 grid. Pages: 184. Page size: A4: width 210mm × height 297mm. Paper: Croxley Heritage Wove, ivory, 120g/m², 75% recycled.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

Their original design needed redesigning. The body typeface size was on the small side (around typical 8pt size), a single page was setup in 2 columns and heavily packed with information. Figures were also rarely on the same page as their 1st mention in the body text.

This book required demanding and accurate typesetting. The content needed support for: Greek characters, superiors/subscripts, different numerical alignment styles, equations, mathematical and scientific symbols. We choose and recommended 2 typeface families that would get the job done. The book featured many tables, which we setup an appealing table style for, really enhancing them into an enjoyable feature of the book (rather than typically under‑designed, dull and boring). We decided to use no hyphenation on the ranged left text setting to avoid splitting and hyphenating complex lengthy medical terminology (which could lead to further confusion).

Political and early history book cover design. Photograph of the cover at a 45 degree angle showing the blue front cover and spine

Image of chapter page spread. Academic, history, political, medieval typesetting with lots of footnotes and references

Image of double page spread 1. Academic, history, political, medieval typesetting with lots of footnotes and references

Image of bibliography. Academic, history, political, medieval typesetting with lots of footnotes and references

Client

Boydell & Brewer.

Title

The Civil Wars after 1660. Public Remembering in Late Stuart England.

Book type

Early modern cultural, political and social history.

Input

Typesetting, corrections.

Details

1 column layout. Pages: 300. Page size: Royal: width 156mm × height 234mm. Paper: unknown, 80g/m².

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The publisher provided the information in Word documents and we were required to typeset this tricky title.

The standard body text typeface the publisher instructed us to use, did not have properly drawn superscript characters. Thankfully, there was a semi-bold weight of the typeface available, which we used just for superscripts, so they render at the same weight as the main body text and do not print too light (better for ageing readers). The book needed accurate typesetting with 100s of footnotes. We were careful to double‑check all footnotes, to make sure they were on the same page as the footnote reference in the main body text. A number of template improvements were made, such as: a slight increase in the amount of leading, making it easier to read, and better vertical composition of text (all part of the general service offered here). We expertly typeset this tricky and text dense book, giving readers the best chance of an effortless reading experience.

Political/non-fiction book cover design. Photograph of the cover at a 45 degree angle showing the bright yellow front and spine

Image of the book showing political/autobiographical/trade typesetting with Greek characters/passages/extracts/quotes

Political/non-fiction/general trade book design and typesetting. Image of a spread 2

Political/non-fiction/general trade book design and typesetting. Image of a references/notes

Client

Project Gutenberg.

Title

Political and Literary Essays 1908–1913 by the Earl of Cromer.

Book type

Political, autobiographical.

Input

Book cover design, book design, page layout and typesetting, and paper research and sourcing.

Details

1 column layout with quotations in English and Greek. Page size: width 160mm × height 225mm. Pages: 216. Paper: Think Warm, 100g/m², 50% recycled.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

The content was supplied as default Word documents and featured: main chapters headings, 2 levels of subheadings, quoted extracts, and Greek passages of text.

We used a Unicode typeface for the Greek passages of text, which also matched the weight of the main body text. The text content featured many superscripts, which were checked along the way to make sure they were not too close to the text on the left. We used consistent alignment, spacing and proportions throughout, and a British designed typeface, sympathetic to the time period and author of the book.

GCSE secondary educational maths textbook cover design. Photograph of all 5 workbook covers in a 45 degree fan sequence

Image of the book showing GCSE secondary educational maths textbook/workbook typesetting

Image of the book showing GCSE secondary educational maths textbook/workbook typesetting

Image of the book showing GCSE secondary educational maths textbook/workbook typesetting

Client

University research project.

Title

Workbook: 1. Number skills. 2. Calculator skills. 3. Number patterns. 4. Shape and symmetry. 5. Perimeter, area and volume.

Book cover category

Secondary (GCSE) educational.

Input

Plain English rewriting and editing, series book cover design, educational book design, technical and freehand illustration, typesetting, design of practical activities (paper construction exercise and helpful calculator function card), and paper sourcing.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

There was no previous design to use or work from. The aim of this project was to explore what could be done in this stale area of publishing, and see what happens when you apply best principles from the area of information design (legible typography, clear language, best practice in graphic communication design, psychology, research, and so on).

We used a highly appealing, modern and fresh typeface for these workbooks. The typeface had the required mathematical symbols. We used a medium weight typeface, so the text could be read from further away. A regular or light version of the typeface would have been harder to read, when a student may put down the workbook on a desk and start writing in an exercise book from further away. Extra care was taken over the alignment of all content and text.

Feedback

  • GCSE student: ‘It [the design] gives it a second chance’.
  • A teacher: ‘On the verge of brilliance’.

3 results of typesetting by us

  • World-class typographic knowledge and high layout standards which result in a more consistent, professional and effortless reading experience.
  • Confidence that you know who is handling your job (jobs are only ever handled by 1 person here and never outsourced).
  • Less input time needed from you or your organisation, which helps you focus on other valuable aspects regarding the publication.