January 10, 2015 in 

Cambridge style books have become a standard way of organizing their text. This style can be found both academic and literary works; its aim being to make reading enjoyable.

An Cambridge-style book typically contains several key components, such as:

Provide a clear and precise title

Provide ample white space with minimal images and other distractions to avoid cluttering.

Focusing on the content rather than its physical appearance

The Cambridge style has been in use since the early 19th century. The system relies on hardcover books with compartments (called gutters) for each of their pages sewn together with stitching thread and then covered in cloth or leather before being labeled to ready their shelf space.

Cambridge style binding is noted for being both strong and durable, making it suitable for use in libraries where books may experience heavy use. Production costs associated with its production are also relatively minimal making this choice economical for publishers.

Cambridge style books do have some drawbacks, though. Gutter length is an issue when reading from its spine and over time pages may become loose and frayed if used frequently.

Cambridge is just one of many possible book styles; it should not be considered superior or inferior to any other style; instead it can be well suited for certain kinds of books and audiences. When choosing your book’s style it’s essential to consider both aspects – how you will publish and who your audience will be.

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CJ McDaniel

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!

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