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Using iStudio to typeset my mom's book for her 65th birthday
I am typesetting my mom's book as a present for her birthday. She used to be in publishing in the '80s but I am not. I'm trying to get the master pages set and I found a few articles. She wants 6x9 and I set the margins to 6.25 x 9.25 so the cover can bleed to the edges.
Edit: I started using iStudio but it doesn't have proper master pages or automatic kerning, so I think we're not going to use it. My mom would like to avoid the MS Word look, but does not want to pay for Adobe (InSight?). I might pay for it though if it's what everyone else uses.
I'm trying to follow http://connect.lulu.com/t5/ISBN-Distribution/Mandatory-Print-Book-Distribution-Requirements/ta-p/33632 but it doesn't list some things like gutters. It also doesn't let me know what is "normal" for things like margins and gutters even though it lists a few minimum requirements. It says the margins must be a minimum of .5", but iStudio defaulted to .750 and the book she paid someone else to typeset 9 years ago has 1 inch margins.
What program should I be using for this? Quark? LaTeX? Adobe? OpenOffice?
Without having master pages, how much time will it take to typeset a book that will probably be 200 pages on 6x9?
Are there any margins/gutters/headers/footers/blah blah blah that I want to get set properly before I start?
What gives MS Word documents their look as opposed to professionally typeset books?