Portrait, Landscape, or A Combination of Both – Which Book Layout is the Best
The layout of a page could be truly overwhelming, especially if you’ve only got an empty screen in front of you. Where should you start-off? Here you will be presented with the major options along with an explanation of their benefits and disadvantages.
To begin with, you need to consider which type of page orientation (landscape or portrait) are you going to use for the book. Portrait orientation is not wide, but taller. One the other hand, landscape would be wider just like an actual landscape.
If you must choose a page orientation, consider that usage dictates form. In what way do you wish people to browse through the content? Will they be using a tablet of a personal computer when reading? Will there be many images, if not largely text? Your answers to such question is going to influence your decision.
Books, which are content-heavy, often benefit from the use of portrait orientation. It lets the eyes travel comfortably across a nearer distance compared to if one has to read the wider landscape orientation. You can, of course, fix this issue in landscape by creating numerous columns. On the other hand, we generally prefer reading a larger presentation of the content.
If you are going to support your content with several images, video, graphics, etc., you will want a landscape orientation. It is going to be more convenient for you to incorporate these elements using this orientation. Landscape as an orientation will allow you to come up with additionally interesting layouts. This can as well as will prove to be more difficult, so it is important to make sure that all the layouts you have in mind really enhance your book and not serve as distractions.
A Combination of Both
Many people will involuntary want a book that has the two orientations. Be careful. It is two times the work as well as extremely tricky to get the two orientations done perfectly.
The upside of combining the two is evidently that readers can choose. But, did you actually provide a good choice for the reader, if in one orientation the image doesn’t seem right. Perhaps not. You probably should use only one out of the two.
Bonus Information – Structure
Whenever you have made up your mind regarding page orientation, you will have to identify your book’s structure. Will the book have various chapters or otherwise? Will there be sections to each chapter? Are the sections going to have sub-sections?
In the end, your book structure depends on the type of book you are doing. If you intend to convey more information, then your book is going to probably need more structure.