The Personal Disquiet of

Mark Boulton

PDFs: A quick poll

– January 2nd, 2007 –

I need your advice. As you may know, I’m writing and self-publishing a little book on designing for the web. It will be published in two ways: initially, a pdf for download and shortly after, a printed version which you can buy from Lulu. These two media require different design considerations.

Firstly, pdfs are read on screen and can be printed out on individual sheets of paper and probably on a black and white printer. Secondly, the printed book (from Lulu) is bound and needs the margins adjusted accordingly. So, my question is this. Do you think it’s necessary for me to typeset two versions? One, a pdf with minimal flat colour (so as to not waste toner) and even margins. And two, a version which has facing pages etc for the printed book?

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