First Excerpt from “Designing with LibreOffice” Released Separately

Friends of OpenDocument has released Choosing Fonts, the first of five excerpts from Bruce Byfield’s Designing with LibreOffice.

Like Designing with LibreOffice, Choosing Fonts is available as a free download from Hardcopy versions will be available shortly.

In the five months since its release in March 2016, Designing with LibreOffice has had over 16,000 downloads. “That’s more than I could ever have imagined,” Byfield says. “However, its five hundred pages are more than many people want to read. Often, they just want information on a very specific topic. Excerpts like Choosing Fonts are a way to make the information in the complete book more accessible.”

As the title suggests, Choosing Fonts is about the considerations that go into choosing fonts. Topics include matching fonts, the availability of free-licensed fonts, determining line spacing, and how the selection of fonts can guide other design considerations from paragraph indentations to page margins.

Future excerpts will be:

  • Styles and Templates
  • Character and Paragraph Styles
  • Frame, List, and Page Styles
  • Slide Shows, Drawing, and Spreadsheets

All excerpts, including Choosing Fonts, contain the latest revisions to Designing with LibreOffice, including indexes and suggestions from the French translation team.

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The Next Book

Yesterday, I managed to spent the entire day getting ready the first excerpt from Designing with LibreOffice for separate publication. It’s to be called Choosing Fonts, and consists of chapter 4 and a couple of appendices, running to no more than 50 pages all told. I added an index for it, and designed the front cover and interior title page.

At first, I was going to have the cover and title page differ  from Designing with LibreOffice only in the text and perhaps the image on the cover. However, I got ambitious, and decided that each excerpt will have a different color in the cover. I chose red for Choosing Fonts, and then realized that I could use a shot of a window with a cherry wood frame at the Sun Yat-Sen Garden for the title page.

I juggled the size of the lettering and the order of lines a bit, and I am very pleased with the result. The excerpts will have a unified look and feel, but each will be different in the details.

I still have to revise and proofread the text, but Choosing Fonts should be ready to pass along to my editor by the end of May. The changes made to Choosing Fonts will find their way into the next edition of Designing with LibreOffice.