Book typesetting is a craft that occasionally rises to the level of art. It brings together the author, the publisher, the interior book designer, and the reader by giving form to an object— a book—in a physically defined space that is pleasing in appearance and utilitarian by design.
The compositor engaged in book typesetting is responsible for implementing the book’s interior design. In fact, it is the compositor who realizes the designer’s vision. He or she is the one who endlessly tweaks the design to ensure that composed pages conform to the values best characterized by traditional book typesetting standards: pages that reach a consistent depth, exhibit control over and minimization of end-of-line hyphenation, contain no widowed lines nor orphaned words, and provide an accurate and pleasing placement of images, side-bars and call-outs.
At UB Communications, we’ve been engaged in book typesetting for almost 30 years, and we’ve composed all kinds of books (anthropology, archeology, art, cooking, education, history, humor, library science, literature, medicine, theater, etc.) that implement our own interior designs or the interior designs specified by other professionals. We see ourselves as problem solvers and are especially interested in kerning type to minimize or avoid end-of- line hyphenation while retaining a pleasing overall appearance.