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Simplest Guide to Paper Stock, Grade and GSM Of Your Book

If you are planning on publishing your book and you want to publish your book in paperback or in hardcover then this blog is for you.

This blog will help you understand everything you need to know about paper quality and the different types of paper stock and most importantly GSM.

This blog will not only be interesting but also very important for new authors who have never published before.

You might be an excellent author and you might have the best manuscript in the world but you also need to pay attention to the quality of the paper as well. It will determine your publishing costs.

This is very important from the perspective of any author but even more so a self-published author as they are themselves the investor and publisher.

Before we go into the different types of paper stock, we need to understand why paper stock is important in the publishing industry.

This Is Why Paper Quality Is Important for Publishing

Paper quality is very important for publishing simply because the better quality of paper you utilise will directly affect the quality of experience of your readers.

This is because when a reader is purchasing your book, they are making an investment. The only way to make them feel that they had a good experience is to have a good quality book with a paper that feels nice and high quality.

The other reason is simply if they buy a good quality book then it is going to last them longer which means they will get a return on their investment.

But there is also a trade-off, which means the higher quality of paper you are going to use will directly affect your royalties and profits because a higher quality paper is going to cost more.

So, you are going to have to balance the need for having high-quality paper and also making sure you make a profit.

So, let us understand the different types of paper based on different classifications starting with GSM.

What Is GSM In Book Printing?

While we can talk in simple terms and tell you all the different types of papers but it is important to understand what they are called technically.

We use special terminology called GSM. It’s simply Grams Per Square Metre. GSM helps us grade paper into different quality based on paper density.

This is one of the simplest ways to grade paper and will help you understand how much material is there in the paper per metre square.

This is also one of the things readers notice because if they simply pick up a book and notice that the paper is not very thick then that is an automatic indication of bad quality.

That means they are accustomed to thinking that high-quality paper is high GSM.

That is why we need to understand the different types of GSM for paper stock as we find out the most common GSM measurements.

Most Common GSM Grades for Books


80 GSM Common Opaque

This is the most common type of paper and you are going to get this for everything from novels to timetables and books that are very affordable.

Most paperbacks are made from this category of paper and it is simply so that the price can stay low.  You do not need heavy ink for this kind of paper.

This is because both sides of this paper can handle print and stay legible.

This is a non-coated paper which means you do not get any extra textures that you might find with higher GSM premium papers.

80 GSM Bookwove Cream/White

This is one of the most common types of GSM utilised for creating novels and you have probably picked up this kind of novel.

Let us help you understand the feeling of picking up a novel with 80 GSM Bookwove. Do you remember ever picking up any novel (probably the cheaper novels sold beside streets and train stations) and being surprised by the fact that they do not weigh a lot?

Then it is Bookwove.

These novels might look big but they do not have any weight to them. That is exactly what Bookwove paper is. It can improve the volume without increasing the weight.

100 GSM Common Opaque

This is the second most popular category of paper used for book printing and this is the 100 GSM normal non-coated paper.

This means while you are not getting any glossy or matt finish with this paper but it is much more premium compared to 80 GSM paper.

This is utilised for books that have text as well as illustrations. This is because 80 GSM is simply too thin for illustrations and that is why the bare minimum used by the industry is 100 GSM when it comes to illustrations.

100 GSM Recycled

If you are someone who cares about the environment then this is the perfect paper for you because this is a fairly new addition to the different types of papers commonly used during printing.

The thing about recycled paper is that it is not just about the feel-good aspect of the paper being morally good but there is also a real purpose of that paper.

Since it is recycled paper and it is completely up to luck on what kind of blend you get, you are never going to have a uniform paper mixture which means every page of your novel is going to be unique.

Sometimes the pages might be cream colour and sometimes they might be white or yellowish-white etc. Since there is a custom feel to these papers, they will truly make your book feel premium and one of a kind.

115 GSM Matt/Gloss Coated

We are now entering the territory of premium papers and while this is not the best kind of paper out there but this is certainly something that can be considered better than the previous choices.

This is a kind of coated paper which means you can get a glossy finish and/or a matt finish. And you can print any kind of pictures and illustrations and expect great results.

This is the best kind of paper if you do not want the book to weigh a lot but you also want it to be high quality. This paper is just in the middle.

130 GSM Matt/Gloss Coated

We are now entering the coffee table book and comic book territory of paper because this is one of the finest paper stocks you can ask for and this is simply just too good to only print text.

However, this is still not the best kind of paper if you simply want a photo book and you can also print text on this paper and have it look very good.

However, if you are planning on printing a novel and if the novel has no illustrations or only a few illustrations then you simply do not need the whole novel to be 130 GSM.

Having said that it is completely up to you what you want to do with your book but it does not make business sense to use this level of quality for printing text.

However, if you are writing a non-fiction book that has illustrations then this can be a very good choice of paper.

This is also one of the most common types of papers to be used for children’s books.

150 GSM Matt/Gloss Coated

We have now seriously entered the territory of photo books because this is a kind of quality that you hardly need with novels.

If you decide to print your novel with this quality of paper then it will become unnecessarily expensive for your readers.

However, if you want to print your college yearbook or your autobiography or your family memoir full of images then this is a good quality of paper to do so.

150 GSM is also excellent as a poster book paper as you will be able to print high-quality images and illustrations.

However, if you only have a few illustrations in your book and you want them to look nice then you can use a few pages of 150 GSM only for the part with the illustrations and then use regular 80 or 100 GSM paper on the other areas for regular text.

170 GSM Matt/Gloss Coated

We finally come to the most premium quality of GSM used for book publishing. There are even higher grades of paper but this is the highest-grade paper commonly used for books.

This grade of paper is quite expensive if you compare it to all the other options because it is simply the best and ensures the best kind of durability for your book no matter if it is a photo book or a novel.

However, you are never going to find a novel with this kind of paper because this is practically photo paper and can be excellent for illustrations and photos.

We hope this blog will help you understand everything you need to know about the different grades of printing paper.

We also hope this will help you choose the perfect paper for your books the next time you decide to publish them.

And if you feel like you want a demo of the different kinds of GSM and paper stock used in publishing when it comes to a legacy publisher then we are here for you.

We are Orange Publishers and we are the fastest-growing and most popular legacy publishing company in India and we can provide you with a demo of the different types of paper stock we utilise for printing at our office.

We would love to publish your books for you and all our operations are in-house. We welcome you to visit our website to find out more.

Common Paper Stock FAQ


What GSM paper is best for books?

It all depends on how much you are willing to spend on your books because if you plan on publishing a novel and you want it to be affordable then you can very well utilise 80 GSM.

However, suggest you not to go below 100 GSM.

Similarly, if you want to print a coffee-table book with a lot of pictures and images and you need the prints to be high quality then you need to publish them in 150 GSM glossy coated paper.

It all depends on how you want to use the book and what kind of book you are publishing.

What type of paper is best for books?

Uncoated 100 GSM paper is very good for books and we are talking about a paper that is affordable and that also gives the book a good weight and feeling to touch.

However, this is a very subjective question because if you want the experience of your readers to be amazing then you should invest in more higher quality paper.

And if you want the experience of your readers to be amazing in the form of affordability then you can even get away with 80 GSM paper.

It all depends on your perspective of what kind of book you want for your readers.

Is 80 GSM paper good for books?

80GSM is more than perfect for books and the best part about it is that it is affordable and a majority of novels and books published in the world are done with 80 GSM paper.

It is just durable enough to be in a novel and it does not really need to be as durable as a school textbook where the student might need to read the page multiple times.

If handled with care then any 80 GSM book can last decades.

How do I choose a GSM paper?

GSM stands for Grams Per Metre Square and it is basically the density of the paper. If you need that paper for tissue manufacturing then anything below 50 GSM will be alright for you.

If you need to print newspapers then 30 to 50 GSM is usually the preferred choice. And if you want to publish books and magazines then 80 GSM to 100 GSM is usually used.

But then again if you want to publish something with a lot of images then we would recommend anything from 130 GSM to 170 GSM.

And finally, if you need business cards then 300 GSM is utilised most commonly. Now you need to decide what you want to use that paper for.

These Are the Top 10 Book Publishers in Pune

Welcome to today’s blog where we bring you one of the most informative but also exciting blogs where you not only get to learn about book publishers but also get to understand the book market for a particular region.

Today’s region is going to be Pune. It is a hub of economic activity and it is certainly a hub for publishers and publishing activity as well as readers.

That is why we bring you the top 10 book publishers in Pune. When we say the top 10 book publishers, we do not only mean the publishers in Pune but also the publishers with the biggest market presence and popularity in Pune.

These are some of the most reliable publishers to work with in Pune. However, this is our list and our opinions and we would love to hear what you think about this list and if you want to add anything to the list in the comment section.

This blog is not only going to help you understand the publishers and what they do but also understand the book publishing market in Pune as it stands right now.

So, let us begin this informative blog and help you understand the top 10 book publishers in Pune and we are sure this blog will help you choose your next publisher as an author.

These Are the Top 10 Book Publishers in Pune

Orange Publishers


The number one name on our list is Orange Publishers because they are a legacy publishing company which means they have been in the industry for a long time.

They are one of the most popular publishing companies in Pune and they are on the top of the list because they are simply perfect in every sense.

They publish nearly every kind of book as well as audiobooks and ebooks and everything they do is in-house.

They do self-publishing as well and all their operations are in-house, which means you are only going to get the finest quality and also the assurance of that quality.

The best thing about Orange Publishers is that they publish in every genre and every language we highly recommend their services.

Website – https://orange-publishers.com/

Contact Number – +91-9830050132 | +91-9830330809

Contact Email – [email protected]

Address – Ground Floor, 98, 37-A, Gopal Lal Tagore Road, Sarat Kanan Pally, Nainan Para, Baranagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700036

APK Publishers

APK Publishers

The second name on our list is not really that old and legacy when it comes to publishing because they are a dynamic company and they are new.

While they do not have the experience but they have their track record and excellent quality of service to make up for it.

This is a publisher that understands its audience and while they only publish in English but they make sure they publish exactly according to the needs of their clients.

They are primarily focused on first-time writers and if you are a first-time writer then you can definitely check them out because the founders of this publishing company are also authors.

If you are into supporting new publishing companies in Pune then you should try them out.

Website – https://apkpublishers.com/

Contact Number – +(91) 982 279 6490

Contact Email – [email protected]

Address – 5/301 Ved Vihar, Paud Road, Kothrud, Pune-411038

3. Vishwakarma Group

When it comes to regional publishing companies in India you can find very good names and Vishwakarma Group is one of those groups with an amazing publishing company.

This is a very good place for English, Hindi and most importantly Marathi publications. They self-publish which means you can publish your own materials as well.

Along with that they also have a very good collection of books for you to look at and purchase. They offer a very streamlined and good quality service.

You can definitely try out their services.

Website – https://vishwakarmapublications.com/shop/english/

Contact Number – +91-20-24525541

Contact Email – [email protected]

Address – 34A/1, Suyog Center, 7th Floor, Gultekadi Marketyard Road, Giridhar Bhawan Chowk, India Pune: 411037

Sunidhi Publishers

At number 4 we bring you a very homely company when it comes to book publishing because Sunidhi Publishers is exactly that.

It is founded by two very passionate people who are very hard-working and have established a brand right here in Pune.

They pay a lot of attention to detail and publish in English but mostly in Hindi and Marathi and that is why if you want to get your books published with them in regional languages then it is a good option.

They have quite a respectful number of books published under the names with a lot of authors publishing for the second and the third time.

While they are not as old as Orange Publishers or other names on the list but the 8 years they have been in the market have been excellent and you can definitely trust them.

Website – https://www.sunidhipublishers.com/index.php

Contact Number – 020-24457118

Contact Email – [email protected]

Address – ‘Anandashram’, 22 Budhwar Peth, Bajirao Road, Near NMV High School, PUNE- 411002

Mehta Publishing

At number 5 we have a very popular publishing company that is actually very popular in Pune and all over Maharashtra.

They have been publishing for a long time and they have quite the level of experience you expect from it proper regional publishing company.

They publish a lot of things which can include science textbooks and nonfiction books as well as historical books and even religious books.

They are also really good when it comes to children’s literature and even sports books.

They are really good but the reason they are at number 5 is because they are not as refined as the other names in the list. This might be due to the fact that they do a lot of publishing and they do not have a lot of time for that.

You can even find best-selling names when it comes to Mehta Publishers. We definitely recommend them.

Website – https://www.mehtapublishinghouse.com/

Contact Number – +91-20-24475462 / +91-9545000513

Contact Email – [email protected]

Address – 1941, Sadashiv Peth, Madiwale Colony, Opposite Telephone Exchange, Bajirao Road, Pune – 411030 (Maharashtra), India

KSagar Online

If you are looking for a very popular and reputable academic literature publishing company with a lot of demand and a lot of experience then this is a very good option for you.

This is because they have been publishing for a long time and publish on nearly every kind of academic topic.

They mostly do competitive exams textbook publishing but you can even find them publishing novels but they are experts at textbook publishing.

They have worked with a lot of reputable institutions. While it is not very clear how easy it is to publish with them but if you want to buy their books then you can definitely check them out

Website – https://ksagaronline.com/

Contact Number – 9545567862

Contact Email – [email protected]

Address – Nuten Classic, 639, Narayan Peth, opp. NMV Primary School, Appa Balwant Chowk, Pune, 411030

Goyal Foreign Language Books

At number 7 we have something very unique because we bring you the only publisher in the list that primarily publishes in foreign languages.

While big names on the list like the top few names might publish a foreign language book once in a while but they primarily do native languages.

The unique thing about Goyal Books is that they primarily publish books in French and German as well as Spanish. They also do Japanese and Korean.

They are among the few rare publishers that also do Italian and Portuguese as well as Arabic and Russian. But if you want, they will publish it in English for you as well and also Hindi.

This is why if you have wanna publish your book in foreign languages then they are the best option

Website – https://goyalpublisher.com/

Contact Number – 9650597009

Contact Email – [email protected]

Address – Der Buchladen at MMB, Pune 14/3B Boat Club Road, Pune – 1

Sharp Publications

At number 8 we have a publication that has been in the industry for a long time if we consider and compare all the names on the list because they are among the few to be in the industry for nearly 25 years.

Sharp Publications primarily publishes study materials and textbooks and even reference books for some of the most renowned universities in Maharashtra.

They supply their study materials to Pune University as well as Mumbai University and even other universities in Mumbai and Maharashtra.

That is why if you are expecting them to publish fiction then they might do it but that is not their specialisation.

That is why if you have educational book publishing needs then you can definitely contact them.

Website – https://www.sharpmultinational.com/about

Contact Number – +91-8390848833

Contact Email – [email protected]

Address – Office No. 2,3 & 4, 2nd Floor, Radha Krishna Apts, 535 Shaniwar Peth, Pune – 411030

Wings Publication

And at number 9 we have a publishing company that is quite popular in Pune and all over India because they are quite renowned when it comes to self-help books.

They do publications for fiction and nonfiction books and they are also very good when it comes to self-help books and motivational books.

They are run by two doctors who are really passionate about what they do and you can expect a very good quality of service if you publish with them.

They do every kind of medium and format you can think of and they also publish in nearly all the official languages of India.

Website – https://www.wingspublication.com/

Contact Number – +91 86000 05100

Contact Email – [email protected]

Address – #B3, Shiv Villas, Behind J. W. Marriott, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016, Maharashtra

Himalaya Publishing House Pvt ltd

The last name on our list is a strictly academic publishing company and that is why you cannot expect them to publish everything you want such as fiction and nonfiction.

While this is strictly not the type of publishing company we are featuring in the list but since they have such a good presence in the Pune market along with a good reputation for textbooks that is why they are on the list.

This publishing company publishes books for competitive exams and other kinds of textbooks.

You can expect everything from banking to engineering books as well as commerce and management books and much more.

While you need to contact them to understand the publishing situation but you can definitely try out their books.

Website – himpub.com

Contact Number – 7498213372

Contact Email – [email protected]

Address – ‘Ramdoot’, Dr. Bhalerao Marg, Girgaon, Mumbai – 400 004, Maharashtra, India

We hope this blog will help you choose the perfect publisher for all your publishing needs in Pune and it is very important you choose the perfect publisher for yourself according to your needs.

That is why you should take all the time in the world to decide which publication to go with and which publication will align with your vision and idea of books.

And if you do decide to publish with us then it would be an honour to give shape to your dreams in the form of a book and publish it for the world. We welcome you to visit our website to check out everything we do.

This Is Why Book Lovers Should Visit the International Kolkata Book Fair 2024 – The World’s Second Largest Book Fair

Today we have something exciting for you because we are going to be talking about the world’s second-largest book fair with a food fall of nearly 30 lakh visitors.

We are going to talk about why you should definitely visit the Kolkata Book Fair this year.

This is not just because we are also going to be there at the Orange Publishers book stall no. 59 hall no.2, near gate no. 3, but because there are other amazing reasons to be there.

The 47th International Kolkata Book Fair – Boi Mela 2024 will take place from January 18th to 31st at the Boimela Prangan in Salt Lake.

So, let us find out why book lovers should definitely visit the Kolkata book fair this year.

Reasons Why You Should Visit Kolkata Book Fair 2024

All The Books You Can Imagine

Kolkata is a book lover’s paradise in general and already has one of the largest book markets in the world and this can give you an idea of how the world’s second largest book fair is going to be.

When you visit the Kolkata Book Fair you can expect thousands and thousands of some of the most diverse books from every genre nearly every major language in the world.

The book fair has more than 1000 stalls and now imagine every stall having nearly a thousand books.  That will give you an idea of the scale of the operations.

You can expect books from all the 22 official languages of India and even international languages. There are in fact international stalls dedicated to every country that wants to put out their books in the book fair.

You can find books from classic literature to books that will help you prepare for the upcoming UPSC exams. You can expect computer programming books and you can also expect a book about the history of computers.

You can use your wildest imagination and you will still fall short of comprehending the scale we are talking about.

The Kolkata Book Fair is so popular in fact that many international tourists schedule their tour dates so that they can come in time to visit the book fair.

It is a book lover’s paradise but it is also a paradise for everyone who wants to be an author because if you can manage the put your book in the book fair then you are already on your way to success.

Interact With the Actual Authors

The best thing about the Kolkata Book Fair is not the thousand stalls of books or the huge area of operations but something even more special.

The Kolkata Book Fair will not only host your favourite books but also your favourite authors and that includes an entire schedule full of talks and discussions and events.

But most importantly authors. Yes, you will get to meet your favourite authors in person right when you go to buy their books.

This is such a big deal that even authors schedule their book publishing according to the Bookfair timings so that they can launch the new books and sign the first few copies for their fans.

You can get to listen to them talk and take part in debates and ask all the questions in the world to your favourite authors.

When we say authors will not only mean national authors who are national icons but also international authors because this is an international event.

You get to have sneak peeks of their future endeavours so that you can always stay up to date on their work.

You can even look for apprentice work because some publishing companies also carry out hiring drives and some authors are also looking for assistance but that is a rare phenomenon.

That is why this book fair is so special because you can simply get your favourite books on Amazon or in a book store but you can only meet your favourite authors in the Kolkata Book Fair.

But you must make sure to match the schedule so that you get to be there when your favourite people talk.

Excellent Cultural Events

While the name is the International Kolkata Book Fair but it is not just about books because it is primarily about culture and that culture can be found in song and dance and events and discussions and literature.

That is why, when you visit the Kolkata Book Fair you will get to experience different kinds of cultural events that showcase not only the culture of Bengal but the culture of India.

You can expect art exhibitions but you can also expect something like live music performances. You can expect a showcasing of handicraft artists and their works.

You can get to take part in different cultural events and you can get to look at some of the best culture Kolkata and India has to offer.

Along with that, the Kolkata Book Fair will also make it possible for you to meet cultural icons and we are not just talking about authors.

You can meet nearly everyone from actors to singers and directors and people who are very impactful in the cultural space such as thinkers and intellectuals.

You can even get to engage in conversations with them during these cultural events and if you are really into these kinds of encounters then this is going to be perfect for you.

A Lot of Food

The International Kolkata Book Fair can easily be called the Kolkata Food Fair because of the endless number of options you get when it comes to food.

We were actually resisting the urge to add this to the previous point about cultural events because food is definitely a very important cultural event and marker.

This way this point is specifically there for food so as to understand the scale of options and operations when it comes to the Kolkata Book Fair.

There is an entirely separate section just for food when it comes to the Kolkata Book Fair where you can get almost everything that you can get in the city.

You can get Bengali classics and traditional dishes that are usually cooked in Bengali homes and served at special events such as marriage ceremonies.

However, you can also get fusion food such as Indo-Chinese food which is something very specific to the city. You can try out main courses as well as small portions of snacks when it comes to traditional dishes as well as Indo-Chinese food as well as all the other national and international dishes.

This is just the beginning because you can also find a lot of refreshment options in the form of juices and healthy snacks along with little appetizers that if eaten a lot can fill you up.

And it would be a crime not to mention the sweets. Nearly all the most popular and most renowned Bengali sweets establishments are there with all their offerings whether it is traditional sweets or a fusion between traditional and the modern.

And finally, we come to the favourite part of all the food which is going to be Mughlai food and specially biryani.

While the Kolkata Book Fair is primarily focused on books but if you do not read books and you just want to explore all the famous names in biryani in a single place then you should definitely visit Kolkata Boi Mela 2024.

Amazing Discounts and Offers

If you are looking for some of the most exclusive discounts that are never available online or in any other place then you should definitely visit the Kolkata book fair.

This is because a lot of authors choose to publish their books at the Kolkata Book Fair.

This means if you visit the Kolkata Book Fair then you will get to witness the launch of many books which might not be available on Amazon or in any bookstore at the time and will be exclusive to the Kolkata Book Fair.

You are going to witness authors launching their own books and it is not going to be a single event but it will be like hundreds of book launches all at once.

And you know what happens at book launches and special signing events, you get special discounts along with signed copies of the book.

That is exactly what you can expect at the Kolkata Book Fair because you are going to get some of the best discounts possible on books.

Along with that, you are also going to get bundle deals.

If you are really lucky then you can even win different contests and get free books but you must watch out for these contests and these special offers.

Supporting Regional Talents

If you love literature then you must also love supporting local talent and talented authors and that is exactly why you should visit the Kolkata Book Fair.

This is because the Kolkata Book Fair is actually the largest temporary launchpad for books in the country and the second largest in the world.

This means you are not only getting international bestsellers and renowned bestselling authors but you are also going to meet new authors who are publishing their books for the first time.

If you believe in supporting new talent then this is going to be the ideal place for you because every new talent out there in the literature world dreams of publishing their book in the Kolkata Book Fair.

That is why while you can get all your bestseller books online and you can obviously get them and bookstores but that will not help you support regional literature.

But the Kolkata Book Fair is a very rare and special opportunity for you to support regional literature by talking to these authors and supporting their work and buying their books.

Amazing Networking Opportunity

Let’s now come to the best thing about the International Kolkata Book Fair because if you are someone closely related to the publishing industry then this point is for you.

The Kolkata Book Fair is probably the best networking opportunity for authors and publishers and intellectuals alike.

This is because you cannot find a bigger conference of people related to books and publishing anywhere in the world other than the Frankfurt Book Fair.

This means if you live anywhere in Asia then this is probably going to be the biggest marketing and networking opportunity for you.

You will get to meet book publishers and authors from all over the world no matter the genre and no matter the language.

While this networking opportunity is good for publishers but it is most beneficial to authors and people who are planning on becoming authors.

You will get to talk to the publishers directly and talk about your publishing proposal and you can even take their contact numbers or even submit your manuscripts directly to them.

You can connect with fellow writers and authors and you can work on collaboration projects and it all depends on how much networking you want to do.

And let us now come to the most important reason why you should definitely visit the Kolkata Book Fair if you are a book lover.

The reason is simple. We are Orange Publishers and we are going to be there to welcome you to our stall.

We will be at bookstall no. 59, hall no.2, near gate no. 3. We will be there to greet you and we will be there to personally introduce you to all our amazing books.

We will interact with you and we will also have our authors interact with you. We are also going to be there if you want to publish your own book and we can even talk about that at our stall.

We are the fastest growing book publishing company in India and we also have one of the largest in-house operations where we do everything in-house right from the printing to the publishing as well as the marketing and creation of promotional material and much more.

We even take care of the book copyrights and we also publish everywhere on all platforms you desire and in all formats from paperbacks to eBooks and audiobooks and much more.

So, mark the dates on your calendar and we will meet at the International Kolkata Book Fair 2024.

This Is How You Write a Book Preface

Today we are going to talk about a very important element of books as we will get to know how to write a book preface.

We will understand what is a book preface. We will understand the preface structure as well as important book preface writing tips. We will understand the nuances of crafting a preface and why writing a preface is an important part of the introduction to a book.

We will dive deep into preface elements so that we might understand the exact purpose of a preface along with preface examples.

All in all, this is going to be a very interesting blog about the preface writing process and will definitely help you with valuable writing book instructions.

So, let us look at tips for a perfect preface as well as the importance of a preface, but before we do that let us understand what is a preface.

What Does a Preface Mean?

A preface is usually an introduction that is found at the beginning of the book and it is written by the author and can talk about a lot of things.

The preface is primarily there to attract the readers towards the book by giving a little bit more context about the book.

The preface deals with a few important things and if you understand these important things then you will be able to write the perfect preface without even doing more research about it.

There is no standardised rule for writing a preface and it can be anything you want to convey as the author. You can talk about your experience on why you are writing the book.

You can talk about the value that this book is going to add to the lives of the readers, you can talk about the importance of this book to the mainstream world and how it has the potential to change the world.

You can go into the details about what’s in the book and you can get into details about the story as well as the historical setting of the book and anything else you want to include. You can acknowledge the people and institutions that helped you with the book.

There is a lot that can be done in a preface. You can even choose to not write a preface but if you write it, make sure you are honest

Yes, A Preface Is Different From A Prologue and A Foreword

One of the most common misconceptions out there is that a preface is something similar to a prologue and a foreword but that is not the case.

Let us explain what is the prologue and a foreword and compare them to a preface so that you might understand better.


A foreword is also situated at the beginning of the book but the primary difference between a foreword and a preface is that a preface has to be written by the author.

A forward cannot be written by an author and it can be written by an expert or a critic so as to show that the book is actually critically acclaimed and approved by experts. It is a tool for legitimising the book

It is usually there to help with the marketing of the book.


The primary difference between a prologue and a preface is that when you see the prologue you need to understand that is a part of the main body of the text.

Whatever is written in the prologue is a part of the text. It is not a commentary or an introductory statement like a preface or foreword.

The prologue is a part of the body of text and it is just an introduction and usually talks about the background of the story or it is usually written from the perspective of a character.

This helps start things and it usually helps the readers understand the background before the actual body of the text begins and helps readers get a little more context before they delve into the text.

Important Tips to Write a Preface

Keep Things Short

One of the mistakes new authors make is that they try to make the preface as long and detailed as possible.

They try to include every variable event that made them to write the book and while that is an amazing idea but it does not work with a preface.

When you are putting a preface in your book that means you want it just big enough for the readers to get interested in the main body of text.

That is why you should make sure the preface is a balanced mix of all the important points that you want to mention without it being too long.

You do not need to record all your thoughts in the preface.

Think It Is a Hook

If you are an author then you already know what is a hook and even if you do not know what is a hook let us help you understand.

When you are writing the preface you need to think of making it interesting. You can put in facts about the book and you can let out a few secrets.

All you need to do is to write something that will get the attention of the readers but you must make sure everything you say is true.

You just need your preface to be interesting for people to read it and for them to be interested enough to continue with the book.

Reason For the Book

If you want to keep it simple and if you do not know what to write in your preface then you can go by the safest route.

All you need to do is to tell the readers why you wrote the book. You can simply narrate your story on why you wanted to be an author and why you wanted to write this book.

You can keep it as authentic and as simple as possible and you do not need any bells and whistles for people to like the preface.

You should not worry about the preface too much as well because a lot of readers simply skip the preface.

That is why if you truly want to have a preface and you do not know what to write then a simple story about your writing life as an author is enough.

Write About Your Process

And if you want to do something simple but creative then this is an even better idea for you to do. All you need to do is simply help your readers become an author.

You need to introduce yourself and tell them how you wrote the book. You can talk about how difficult it must have been for you to start the book and how easy it got at the end.

You can talk about your entire writing experience and give them an understanding of how to write a book.

You can talk about the mental state that is needed to write a novel and you can even give them tips on how to write a book efficiently.

This should be definitely in conjunction with the topic of the book but this will definitely be an interesting preface.

Key Points About The Preface

Formatting the preface is simple and easy and all you need to do is to keep in mind a few important things and you will have a good preface.

The most important thing you must keep in mind is that you should not have any room for creativity in the preface. This means no wacky fonts and no indention in the first paragraph.

It is also a safe thing just to keep the title as it is and keep it as ‘Preface’. If you feel confident enough then you can replace the genetic title with anything you like.

You must also make sure not to start the numbering of the book from the preface. If you do not want to put numbers then that is alright but if you really do want to put numbers for the preface then Roman numerals it is.

And if you want to know how to format that text then you can use any kind of regular formatting from any software.

Relevance Of Preface in Ebooks

One of the most common questions we get asked is whether a preface is relevant or even needed for ebooks and the answer is definitely yes.

All you need to do is to make sure you select the start page as the preface page. This is very important because if you do not do this then the software is simply going to skip the preface and start with the body of the text.

That is why you need to make sure that the body of the text starts with the preface and that it is selected.

In a regular paperback or hardcover copy of a book, you need to think about all the other important sections such as the title page and the copyright page and contents and acknowledgements and much more.

But these usually get skipped on ebooks along with the preface. That is why you need to pay special attention to make sure the preface is selected as the first page if you really want people to read it.

We hope this blog will help you understand what is a preface and why it is so important. You might still have a few questions regarding the length of the preface and for that, a few paragraphs is enough.

You can definitely go for one or two pages but that should be the maximum size of the preface. And if you are someone still worried about the perfect preface then we are here for you.

Just like we are here for you for every other publishing need because we are Orange Publishers and we are one of the most reputed legacy publishing companies in India.

We are among the very few publishing companies with all our operations in-house which means everything from the printing to the publishing to the copyright and much more is done within our walls ensuring quality and safety.

We will also help you with everything miscellaneous such as your very own author’s website or even the preface and much more.

We would love to hear from you and you also love to see you visit our website to check out everything we do.

Common Book Preface FAQs

What is the first part of a book preface?

While there is no standard practice out there and no set rules for what you should include in the preface but let us tell you what happens usually.

Authors usually introduce themselves and express their gratitude towards the readers and also talk about why they decided to write the book.

This is what happens 99% of the time and that might look like a lot but when you consider the number of books published then the remaining one per cent is when you get to see all the unique types of preface.

If you want to stick to tradition then you also can take the path of the 99% of authors and simply introduce yourself and talk about the reason for writing the book and even talk a little bit about the contents of the book.

How do you write a good preface for a book?

If you want to know how to write the perfect preface for your book then all you need to do is to be honest with your readers.

You need to keep it short and talk to them as directly as possible and tell them why you wrote the book.  You need to have a polite tone and express gratitude for everyone who helped you with the book and you need to help them understand what the book is about.

You need to make sure that the preface is so interesting that people actually pick up your book to read it later on. And finally, you do not need a lot of creativity in the preface and you need to make sure it is simple.

If you do all that then you have a good preface in your hands.

What comes under preface?

A well-written preface can actually be broken down into its basic elements and doing so will help you understand how to write the perfect preface.

It should basically be an introduction to the author as the author communicates directly to the readers and expresses gratitude towards everyone who has helped the author write the book.

A good preference should also contain the reason why the author set out to write the book in the first place and on the topic of the book the preface should also contain bits and pieces of the book.

It is very important that you do not give out spoilers when it comes to the preface but you also make sure that it has a lot of hooks.

While fiction and non-fiction book preface might be different to an extent but in order to understand that difference you need to do some actual research and read a few popular fiction and nonfiction books with prefaces.

What comes after preface?

There is no definite answer to this because the structure of any book may vary and that is why some books may have the preface at the end and after that, the primary body of the text will start.

In other books, you are going to find the table of contents after the preface and there is nothing wrong with it too. In other books that need illustrations, you might find maps and illustrations after the preface.

And other books might even have a brief introduction before the primary body of text. It all depends on how you want to organise your book.

But when it comes to numbering the book, you should not use Arabic numerals for the preface.


Welcome to this interesting and informative blog where we bring you the top 10 book publishers in Bangalore. This has been one of our most requested blogs since Bangalore is one of the biggest markets for book publishing.

So, we present you this blog where we talk about some of the most influential names in book publishing in Bangalore.

This blog will help you choose the perfect publishing company for your publishing needs in Bangalore and this blog will talk about the 10 best names.

However, before we start the blog, we would like to tell you that this is our own list and this is our own opinions and if you have any other names then we would love to hear about it in the comment section.

The list will consist of publishing companies that are based in Bangalore and also publishing companies that are very popular in Bangalore.

The list will progress from the best at the very top and gradually progress down from there. This is going to be illuminating as well as interesting and will help you get an idea about the book publishing market in Bangalore.

So, let us start the blog that will help you choose your next book publisher in Bangalore.

Here Are the Top 10 Book Publishers in Bangalore

Orange Publishers


At number one we have the most reliable as well as the most popular publisher in Bangalore because Orange Publishers is simply the name you want to hear if you do not believe in compromises.

They publish in Hindi and English and they offer everything that everyone else on this list is offering.

They are a legacy publisher. However, they are a modern publisher and this simply means that they provide the convenience that you get with a self-publishing company but with the reliability and trust of a traditional publishing house.

They publish nearly everything and they publish physical books and they also do ebooks as well as audiobooks. They have an amazing distribution network but they are also equally good at publishing your book online on all the major platforms.

The best thing about this publisher is that all their operations are in-house which means you are getting the most affordable rates in the industry but also the most secure and reliable operations.

They provide everything that you might need from copyrighting services to editors and book cover designing services and much more.

You can definitely trust them for all your needs.

  • Website – https://orange-publishers.com/
  • Contact Number – +91-9830050132 | +91-9830330809
  • Contact Email – [email protected]
  • Address – Ground Floor, 98, 37-A, Gopal Lal Tagore Road, Sarat Kanan Pally, Nainan Para, Baranagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700036

Maiya Publishing

Maiya Publishing

At number two we have a very remarkable publishing company that specialises in creating books for different genres.

They provide an excellent service if you are looking for a publishing company in Bangalore because they will help you publish fiction and nonfiction novels as well as everything from personal books like anniversary books to poetry collections and coffee table books and much more.

They publish their books in regional languages as well as English and they have good experience in creating children’s books.

They have originality in style and they are definitely a good choice. While they are not a traditional publishing company and only do self-publishing but they are still a good choice if you are looking for a publisher in Bangalore.

  • Website – https://www.maiyapublishing.com/
  • Contact Number – +91 9632240099
  • Contact Email – [email protected]
  • Address – C/O MTR House, #17, 3rd cross,1st Floor, H. Siddaiah Road, Bangalore – 560027

Himalaya Publishing House Pvt. Ltd

Himalaya Publishing House

At number three we have one of the biggest names in the publishing world in all of Bangalore as well as India.

They are simply the best at what they do and while they are not a self-publishing company but a traditional publishing company, they are excellent in their own way.

They do not publish fiction and nonfiction books and casual books as well as books of literature.

They only publish educational textbooks and books for understanding things like the Indian economy as well as income taxes. They mostly publish in English but you can contact them and ask about other regional languages.

That is why if you need to publish your textbook for your students and for scholars in Bangalore then you should definitely consider them as one of the best options.

They publish for nearly every subject that can be taught in a college and high-secondary school and you can definitely consider them as a reliable choice.

  • Website – https://www.himpub.com
  • Contact Number – (91) (080) 4113 8821
  • Contact Email – [email protected]
  • Address – Plot No-91-33, 2nd Main Road, Seshadripuram, Behind Nataraja Theatre, Bengaluru – 560 020

Ayodhya Books

Ayodhya Books

We aim to create a list that is unique and showcases the diverse landscape of publishing companies in Bangalore and staying true to that theme we have a very unique publishing company at number four.

Bangalore is a city of culture, traditions and faith and that is why we bring you probably one of the biggest names in the publishing world when it comes to religious books.

Ayodhya Books publishes everything from science to literature books as well as children’s books but they are known mostly for their religious books.

They publish in Kannada, Hindi and English and if you are someone spiritual and you want to publish your spiritual books then they are a very good option for you.

They also do self-help books and even travel books and books of fiction and you can definitely approach them to publish your books as they have an excellent network of distribution and they are quite popular.

While they might be a good choice for any kind of book but they are possibly one of the best choices when it comes to books related to religion and faith as well as spirituality and you can definitely choose them.

  • Website – https://www.ayodhyabooks.com/
  • Contact Number – +91 – 96209 16996
  • Contact Email – [email protected]
  • Address – 1571, 36th Cross, Outer Ring Rd, Banashankari Stage II, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

Pratham Books

Pratham Books

Since we are only including unique publishing companies that have a profound impact in Bangalore, the fifth name on our list is truly unique.

This is because it is a non-profit publisher. You might ask what is a not-for-profit children’s book publisher? They are exactly what they sound like.

They do not make any profits and they only charge the amount that it takes to publish the book and print it.

You can call them a charity and they really offer a very good service and you can definitely contact them if you want to publish books for children.

They will help you publish your book and they will also help you in distributing that book to children without books.

This is a very good initiative and that is why we had to keep them on the list. You can visit their website to learn more about what they do. They mostly publish in English.

  • Website – https://www.pratham.org/
  • Contact Number – 9901618710
  • Contact Email – [email protected]
  • Address – Pratham, No. 2684/1, 6th Main, 13th cross, V V Mohalla, Mysore, Karnataka, PIN- 570002

ESRA Publication

Since Bangalore is such an important place for education, that is why we not only have one but many publishers on our list that exclusively publish educational books.

So, at number six, we have a very established and reputed publishing company that exclusively publishes books for college students. They also publish research papers and academic journals.

They publish books for bachelor students as well as masters’ students and you can even find PhD papers within their publication.

And when we say they publish nearly everything educational we mean everything from computer science books to fashion design books as well as arts and humanities books and books on journalism and much more. They mostly do all their publications in English.

That is why if you are an author and you are also a scholar who writes books on different academic topics that are taught in colleges, you can definitely choose them to publish your book.

  • Website – https://www.esrapublications.com/
  • Contact Number – +91 9449446309
  • Contact Email – [email protected]
  • Address – #146A, 2nd Floor, 1st Cross, Puttaiah Compound,Geddalahalli, Bangalore

Subhas Publishing House

Subhas Publishing House

In this unique list of the top 10 book publishers in Bangalore, we bring you a very unique book publishing house at number seven.

This is probably the second most versatile book publishing house after the number one name in our list because they publish in great variety.

This means you can get everything from classic novels to children’s books in their list of books published but you can also find academic books under their name.

It is very rare that a company with such an amazing reputation for publishing novels also publishes academic books and is also well known for it. They publish in Kannada, Hindi and English.

That is why if you are someone who wants to publish novels then you can contact them but then again if you are someone who publishes academic books then again you can very well contact them.

  • Website – https://subhasbooks.com/
  • Contact Number – 080-26741030/31
  • Contact Email – [email protected]
  • Address – Subhas Publishing House, No.21, New Timber Yard Layout, Off Mysore Road, Bengaluru, 560026, Karnataka

Penguin Books

Penguin Random House

This list would be incomplete without having Penguin Books since this is a list of the top 10 book publishers in Bangalore and by top 10, we mean the top 10 influential book publishers.

Penguin Books is not only one of the most popular publishers in Bangalore but it is one of the most popular publishers in the world. They mostly publish in English.

So, you might ask why are they at number eight and the reason for that is simple. They are a traditional publishing company which means you are not going to get the convenience and modernity of self-publishing with this publishing company.

It will take months for you to get a response from them and even if you get a response from them, your book will most likely be rejected unless you are someone with connections or a lot of fame.

That is why if you plan on publishing your book then you should not have high hopes for Penguin Books because they might not be the most convenient option for you.

  • Website – https://www.penguin.co.in/
  • Contact Number – 01244785600/ 01204689600
  • Contact Email – [email protected]
  • Address – DKMindmill Corporate Tower, 3rd floor, Plot No. 24A, Sector 16A, Film City, Noida, UP 201301

The Write Order

The Write Order

At number nine we have a relatively new publishing company from Bangalore and we have them on this list simply because we believe they will become even bigger someday than they are now.

Everyone in their team is young and passionate about books and publishing and will help you with your publishing dreams.

They do not have a speciality because they publish nearly everything from biographies to educational books, poetry books, fiction and nonfiction books and much more.

That is why if you want to put your trust in a new self-publishing company then you can very well choose them and give them a chance. They mostly publish in English and Hindi.

But if you want to stick to reliable and traditional companies then we would suggest you stay between the number one and number three names in the list.

  • Website – https://www.thewriteorder.com/
  • Contact Number – 9008769798
  • Contact Email – [email protected]
  • Address – Sona Towers, 4th Floor, No.2, 26, 27 and 3, Hosur Road, Industrial Area, Krishna Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560029

Wings Publication International

Wings Publication

And finally, at number ten we have a self-publishing company that is quite popular and reliable when it comes to self-publishing books in Bangalore.

They are new to the industry but they provide a reliable service and that is why they are in this list of top 10 publishers in Bangalore.

They publish books in Kannada as well as English and Hindi and they also have a good distribution network all across Karnataka and India.

You can try them out because they are a good publishing company.

  • Website – https://www.wingspublication.com/
  • Contact Number – +91 86000 05100
  • Contact Email – [email protected]
  • Address – #B3, Shiv Villas, Behind J. W. Marriott, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016, Maharashtra

We hope this blog will help you find the perfect publishers for all your publishing needs in Bangalore because finding the right publisher is very important to an author.

And if you decide to choose us then we would be honoured and happy to publish your dreams for you.


If you are planning to write your first novel and if you want to choose the most popular novel type with the best plot development as well as the best suspense techniques then there is only one option for you.

We are talking about crime novels. Crime novels are one of the most popular types of novels but crime novels can also be extremely difficult for someone who has never done it before.

There is a reason why crime novel writing mistakes are very common but it is also very easy to understand crime fiction mistakes to avoid.

There are so many things that can go wrong when you are writing crime novels and you can be wrong about criminal psychology or you can be wrong about crimes in description and so much more.

That is why instead of just talking about crime novel writing tips, we will be talking about novel writing mistakes to avoid as well such as plot inconsistencies or things like dialogue in crime novels etc.

We will talk about things like character development errors and how you should deal with writing suspenseful scenes so that you know exactly how building tension works.

So let us look at important tips about crime fiction and a few mistakes to avoid and we assure this blog will help you with your research for crime novels.

Let us start the blog from the very basics by understanding what are crime novels.

What Are Crime Novels?

Crime novels are one of the most popular genres of novels and a crime novel is a story that revolves around a crime as the central theme.

Crime novels can be detective novels about crime or even spy novels. Crime novels can be thrillers and they can even be psychological thrillers.

The primary thing to understand about crime novels is that there should be a crime in the plot and there can be resolution of the crime and a reveal.

Crime novels can follow a very common template that is very popular or it can even follow a very unique template that has never been seen before.

They are one of the most popular types of novels but there is so much that can go wrong while writing a crime novel.

So, let us look at a few tips to keep in mind and a few mistakes to avoid.

Tips To Keep in Mind While Writing Crime Novels

Always Do Research

Crime novels are one of the most technical types of novels because it is all about the details and not the emotion.

If you get your details wrong in the crime novel then nobody will simply read your novel because details are everything when it comes to crime novels.

When you are writing crime novels you must have a good understanding of forensics and how investigations work and you must have a deep understanding of whatever you put in the novel.

This means you should also understand how crime takes place and in order to do so the only thing you can do is research and read a lot of other novels but even more importantly read training manuals.

If you get hold of training videos and training manuals for police and detectives and even realistic documentaries then that will help you with your research.

If you want to do the best kind of research then you need to have contacts in law enforcement and detective agencies. This will provide you with the best kind of experience to write crime novels.

And if you are someone who already has a background in the law then it is even better.

Always The Imperfect Hero

If you want to write a crime novel and if you want to follow the trusted trends of time that are loved throughout the world then you should never write a black-and-white novel.

By black and white we mean that you should not write a novel where it is easy to identify the hero or the villain and side with the hero.

That is not how things work in real life because the hero has a little bit of a villain and the villain has their reasons to be a villain.

That is why you should always make sure that this is balanced so that you actually give room to your readers to think about it.

If you keep everything black and white then it will not stay a crime novel because everything will be predictable but if you keep the characters in the grey then it is going to improve the complexity by a lot.

A Nuanced Criminal or Villain

If you want to take your novel to the next level then all you need to do is to create a villain that is complex and not a simple criminal who is a bad person for the sake of being a bad person.

You can even do a better thing and make the circumstances the criminal which will make the plot even more complex.

You can show their human part and you can even show the part that makes them truly evil. For example, you can take any popular crime TV series and you are going to find that the criminals are a victim of circumstances.

This is because it is actually what happens in real life because no one is truly evil, they just find themselves in certain circumstances.

Keep Crime at The Forefront

If you are writing a crime novel then you should remember you are writing that because a lot of new authors make the mistake of keeping the crime as a side story.

They do not do it intentionally but they often start the story with different viewpoints and different events that are not directly related to the crime.

But you should always start with the crime and how the crime unfolds. You can take inspiration from the legendary crime novels of Sherlock Holmes because they always start with the crime or with a hint of the crime.

While you are free to do whatever you want but this is something tried and tested in the of crime writing.

Deal In Chapters and Locations

If you are writing for a printed publication and not a TV series then you should make sure that you have a solid location because it is just going to help the reader with the situation.

Having multiple dynamic locations is unnecessary and it is not going to help you with your story but it will make things more confusing.

That is why you should treat the location as a character and that will give you much more dynamic to work on because the setting is going to be essential for all the other events.

The complexity should not be in the locations but rather in the story.

Always Maintain the Tension

If you want to find out the fundamentals of a crime novel then one of the most important fundamentals is suspense because without suspense there is no crime novel.

That is why when you are writing a crime novel you should never give out the suspense before the climax because if you do that the readers will lose interest in the story completely.

That is why you should only reveal the criminal at the very end but leave a little bit of space for explanation.

That is why you are the filter and you should understand how much to let out and how much secret to maintain so that the interest of the readers is maintained.

Write Something You Enjoy and Know

You should not write something for the sake of writing in novel but you should actually enjoy it.  When you are writing a crime novel you are in a very special position of knowing the entire story.

That is why you should only write on something that you know completely about and this is similar to the point about research.

If you do not have interest in a certain kind of topic but if that topic is very popular then you should not write about it just because it is trending.

This is because if you do not have an interest in the topic then you are more likely to make mistakes.

Mistakes can be forgiving in other kinds of novels but not in a crime novel because then you are more prone to loopholes.

Read, Read and Read

Inspiration is something truly magical and the best way for you to get inspiration is to read the very best and that is why we would always tell you to read some of the greatest crime novels in the world.

If you read classic crime novels then you are not only going to get the most practical tips about writing but you will also get to know so much about the crime world so that you will be better informed to write.

Every novel out there is inspired by something else and some authors even mention that and that is why there is no shame in doing so.

You can even put a dedication in your novel stating how some novels inspired you to do so and maybe your novel will inspire someone else.

Serious Mistakes to Avoid While Writing Crime Novels

Never Skip on Research

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to skip on research for your novel because if you skip on research then you stand the chance of creating loopholes.

Now there are genres out there where loopholes are tolerable because they do not form the structure of the plot.

But loopholes in crime novels can completely destroy the plot and the entire basis of the novel and people will simply not read your novel if it has any loopholes.

That is why the best way to avoid that is to be perfect with your storytelling and perfect with your technicalities.

We have already mentioned how you can do your research but we would also like to tell you that when you are doing research you can make a simple mistake.

You can only think that research is all about books and literature and all about reading manuals but that is not the thing.

Research is also going out into the world and listening to people and talking to police and detectives and simply exploring the world of crime.

It is going into slums and talking to people and understanding the mentality of the people where a lot of crime takes place.

Never Reject Part Two

Another thing you must keep in mind when you are writing a crime novel is that this is a particular genre that works extremely well with sequels.

You can pick up some of the most popular crime novels in the world and you are going to find that they have sequels. That is why you should always be open to the idea of opening up your novel to a second part.

It will not only make sense economically but it will make sense from the point of view of the story and the readers because if they really like something they would want another part.

But the mistake beginner authors make is that they do not leave any space for sequels because they write the first part and they think it is going to be the only part.

They might probably change their mind after their novel becomes successful but they simply do not have any space for sequels after that.

That is why you should always think about the future and leave some space for sequels.

Shortcuts With Editing

Crime novels are very technical which means there are more chances you are going to make a mistake in crime novels than any other kind of novel.

Those mistakes are only going to get noticed in the editing stage of the process. That is why in order to make sure you have the most perfect novel; you should never skip multiple rounds of editing.

If you can afford the time then you should also do proofreading. This is going to be the step after the editing and just before the publishing because if you have the time for it then you should never skip this step, especially for a crime novel.

If you are not confident with the proofreading then you can even hire an outside it to do it for you and supervise it closely.

Predictable Story

The biggest enemy of crime novels is going to be a predictable story because the entire point of a crime novel is for people to keep guessing.

If people cannot guess the ending or the plot then you are successful at writing the novel. But if people are able to guess the story exactly then you should rethink the novel.

This is actually a very simple metric for measuring whether you have a successful crime novel or not. You should have your close friends and your loved ones or even your colleagues read it.

You should give them a section of the novel or maybe the first few chapters. If they are not able to guess the ending then you are successful.

If they can tell you exactly what the ending is going to be then you should revaluate your novel.

Blind Copy

One of the problems with this genre is that people unintentionally replicate classic crime novels after they have read them.

It is one thing to draw inspiration from another novel but people make the mistake of completely copying the novel unintentionally because of how inspired they get from reading other crime novels.

They use stereotypical settings and they use a similar character structure and plot structure.  Now if you have picked up something like that from an obscure novel then you might have a better chance of getting away with it.

But if you have picked it up from someplace familiar like Agatha Christie or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle then people will be able to spot it easily.

That is why you should keep the story as original as possible and if you can do that while drawing inspiration from the greatest novels then there is no harm in it.

Instead, you can draw inspiration from real crime in the world and real plots and combine them and that is one way to stay original.

Apart from all that, you must also keep in mind that the pacing of the novel should be perfect and you should also make sure you spend some time on subplots.

We hope this blog has been helpful for you to understand how to write crime novels and how to not write crime novels because both are important.

And we really hope you are able to pen down your crime novel and that it becomes a bestseller. While we cannot help you write your novel but we can definitely help you reach your readers.

We are Orange Publishers and we are a legacy publishing company with one of the finest reputations in India. We do everything in-house. We do the printing as well as publishing and even the marketing and the copyright of the novel for our authors.

Additionally, even do book cover designing and all the basic necessities of a legacy publisher.

We welcome you to visit our website and check out everything we do and we would love to publish your crime novel and any other kind of novel.

Common Crime Novel FAQs

What makes a novel a crime novel?

A novel can be called a crime novel when the central theme of the novel revolves around crime. It can be a single crime or it can be multiple crime stories.

A regular novel will not be set around a crime and there might be crime involved in a regular novel but it will not be the basis of the novel.

But when we talk about a crime novel, it is going to be the only reason the novel exists, its central theme.

What are the steps to write a crime story?

There are no standardized steps to do it but there are a few important things to keep in mind. If you want to write a crime story, you need to understand how crime works and in order to do that you need to have excellent research.

This means reading books about crime and talking with people who deal with criminals and also talking to criminals if it is possible or watching documentaries.

It is also very important that you understand the psychology of the criminal and for that, you can also do a little bit of studying about criminal psychology.

If you do not do that and try to write a crime story then the story will not be very realistic.

What are the genres of crime novels?

There are a lot of genres in the world of crime novels. There is the popular thriller and then there are things like spy thrillers. There is a subgenre called historical crime fiction and then there are psychological thrillers.

Crime novels can also be about a robbery or a heist and it can be about a serial killer. You can even have a crime novel about how the police work and the novel can be from their perspective. The novel can also be from the perspective of a detective.

A legal proceeding thriller is also a crime novel. Basically, there are multiple subgenres in the world of crime novels.

How many pages should a crime novel be?

It is completely up to you how many words you want to write and how many pages you want it to be but let us give you an average estimate of page count for crime novels.

If you want to write a short novel then it can be as low as 200 pages and there are good examples of those kinds of crime novels.

If you want your novel to be medium sized then you are looking at somewhere around 300 pages.

But if you want to write a novel that is considered long then it will be anywhere over 400 pages with novels even being up to 700 pages.

It all depends on what you want to do.


There are a lot of unsung professionals in the world who are very impactful in our day-to-day lives but these professionals are not recognised. Their benefits and not understood.

If we have to talk about such a category of professionals then ghostwriters will have to top the list because ghostwriters are needed everywhere and there are multiple benefits to hiring a ghostwriter.

Today we are going to talk about ghostbloggers, they are a special kind of ghostwriter who are extremely important in the online content space with all the same advantages of hiring ghostwriters being applicable to them.

We will talk about all the reasons why you should hire a ghostblogger and their benefits.

The reason for this is simple and it is because professional writers are needed everywhere and especially if you have an online brand.

The reason why you need ghostwriters for your online brand is because you might need a lot of original content but you also need time savings and you need professionals with research skills.

These professionals should understand flexibility and be apt in meeting deadlines. You must also need professionals that have industry knowledge and you must also make sure that these professionals are affordable and meet your expectations of cost-efficiency.

Ghostbloggers are these professionals because they will help you with increased productivity in content delivery and will help you with improved communication with your clients.

So, let us look at some of the undeniable benefits of hiring a ghostblogger.

Benefits Of Hiring a Ghostblogger

Ghostbloggers Save a Lot of Time

One of the most important reasons why people hire ghostbloggers is simply because they are going to save you a lot of time. Time is money in every business.

Let’s say for example you own an online brand and you need brand recognition and in order to do that you need a lot of content in the form of blogs.

You can go two ways and you can get someone from the company to leave their work and write blogs for you but this is not a solution because you are going to have a daily blog requirement.

That means that employee will not be able to do their actual work leading to ineffciencies in the company.

In order to solve that, you can hire someone permanently in the company but that would mean a lot of capital expenditure because you have to pay that person the same as a regular employee.

So, you need an expert because you have a lot of content requirements and you simply cannot do with a regular employee but you might not have that requirement every day so it also does not make sense to hire a ghostwriter permanently.

The only solution that you have in your hands is a ghostblogger from a reputable ghostwriting agency. They will fulfil your content needs whenever you need them. They will be out of your way when you do not need them.

When you hire the services of a ghostwriting agency you can be sure your content needs will be met because a ghostwriting agency has multiple ghostbloggers and you do not need to worry about deadlines.

Ghostbloggers Will Only Provide Quality Content

Ghostbloggers are professional writers and that means you can expect only the finest levels of content from them. You will never get amateur quality work with ghostbloggers and any kind of ghostwriter.

This means your website content and especially your blogs are going to be the best in the industry and certainly better than your competitors that hire amateurs to do the job.

The best thing about this is that the only other way to get this level of quality is to do guest posting and invite popular guest bloggers to your website. That is extremely difficult to do and then again you cannot take the credit for the content they provide.

But with ghostbloggers you can take all the credit and that is the best thing about hiring ghostwriters.

That is why you can get authentic content of the best quality and claim it as your own content written by your own team of bloggers.

Ghostbloggers Will Help You with Brand Awareness and Topical Authority

While we often write about the differences between E-Commerce businesses and physical businesses but they are also similar in a lot of ways.

Your online business will only be successful when your online brand is recognised and you have brand awareness.

You can do that by achieving topical authority in your industry. In order to understand that let us look at it with the help of an example.

Let’s say for example that you manufacture different kinds of candies and sweet products for children. The only way by which your brand is going to be recognised among the best in the candy industry is through topical authority.

Topical authority is when you have content for every kind of possible topic that can be generated in your industry. This means if someone searches for something like the recipe for marshmallow and if you have a blog with the same title then people are going to visit your website to know more about it.

This means your brand is going to be an authority on the topic of candies and everything to do with candies online because the name of your brand will pop up whenever someone asks for anything remotely similar to candy.

In order to do that you need to have a lot of content and ghostbloggers will help you with that content. You can expect a single ghostblogger to write at least 3000 words for you every day.

And if you hire the services of a ghostwriting agency then you can ask for as much content as you need every day.

You can provide them with the topics and stay assured that they write on everything related to candy and that is how you will achieve brand awareness and topical authority. Topical authority is something fundamental to SEO and we will talk more about it in our point about SEO.

Ghostbloggers Will Help You with SEO

SEO is the online equivalent of business goodwill and market authority. Search Engine Optimization(SEO) is fundamental to any online business success.

This is because if you want to achieve any degree of success online then you need to have search engines on your side.

You need search engines to display your website as the such result if a potential customer searches for something similar to your products or brand. This is the finest example of organic customer outreach online.

Search engines are only going to show your blogs or websites as the result if you have relevant content. Your websites and your content will only get a good rank if the content is worthwhile and if the content has quality according to search engines.

Search engines should also be able to identify your content in order for it to be shown as a search result. One of the ways to do it is with the help of proper keyword usage.

Ghostbloggers will not only write quality content for you and help you meet content deadlines but they will also make sure that your content has relevant keywords.

This is extremely important because keywords allow search engine crawlers to identify if a blog or any piece of content is relevant.

Using keywords is an art as well as a science and there are a lot of parameters to make sure that keyword usage is as natural as possible.

Amateurs will not understand that and they will simply dump keywords unnaturally and search engine algorithms can find that out.

That is why you need professionals in the form of ghostbloggers who will effectively and effortlessly utilise keywords in the right places that will help you with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

How Do You Get the Perfect Ghostblogger?

Understand Your Needs

The first step to finding the perfect ghostwriter is to actually understand your content needs yourself.  You need to understand your content deficiencies.

For example, if you have a coffee brand and you do not have any blogs related to different types of coffee or different roasting techniques then that means you have a content deficiency.

In order to find out your content deficiency you need to look at your competitors and see the kind of blogs that they have and if you do not have anything remotely similar then that means you need to hire a ghostblogger.

Hire A Ghostblogger

Now that you know your needs, you are ready to hire a ghostblogger and you can do it in two ways. You can get a freelance ghostblogger from a freelancing website.

When you do that you might get someone of high quality or you might get a complete amateur and the risk is not worth it.

The other thing you can do is hire the services of a ghostwriting agency because these agencies only have professionals working for them.

You might have very little content need or you might have a lot of content need and they will be able to fulfil all of that because they have multiple ghostbloggers working in a ghostwriting company.

We hope this blog has been helpful for you to understand the benefits of hiring a ghostblogger and if you are looking to hire a professional ghostblogger with excellent industry experience then we are here for you.

We are Orange Publishers and we are the only publishing company to be among pioneers of the ghostwriting industry in India with some of the finest ghostbloggers in India for all your blogging needs.

We have some of the finest ghostwriters for all your content needs whether it is traditional offline content in the form of educational ghostwriting content or movie scripts or speeches on novels or even online web content and blogs.

We welcome you to visit our website to check out everything we do and publish your dream with us as our ghostwriters get the job done in record time.

Common Ghostwritting and Ghostblogging FAQs

What is the purpose of ghostwriter?

If you have the need for quality content and if you need professionally written content within a fixed deadline that also meets your SEO expectations then you are going to need a ghostwriter.

The purpose of a ghostwriter is to write every kind of content for you whether you need to write a book or whether you need speeches or even a movie script.

Ghostwriters also do children’s book ghostwriting and technical ghostwriting. Let us do an exercise, pick up any instruction manual of any product nearby and it is probably written by a ghostwriter. That is the purpose of a ghostwriter.

Do ghost writers get money?

Yes, ghostwriters provide their services for money. The best thing about a ghostwriter is that they are going to write content for you and you can claim that content as your own.

They provide their expertise and writing skills as a service in exchange for money. While you can have other arrangements with them and pay them in company shares or something else but that is very rare and 99.9% of all ghostwriters get paid in money.

You can hire a ghostwriter and pay them according to the market rates as well as their demands and you can even negotiate their fees with them.

That is the only reason why they are not able to take any credit for the work because they are basically selling the content they are writing.

Why do companies hire writers?

Companies hire ghostwriters because they have content needs which means they need professionals that can provide them with a lot of high-quality content in a limited amount of time.

Companies need ghostwriters for technical ghostwriting which includes content for their products and they also need ghostwriters for their company website in the form of web content and blogs.

A company will also need ghostwriters for marketing content and they are also going to need ghostwriters if they need social media content.

Why should you hire a blog writer?

Ghostbloggers are a specific kind of ghostwriter whom you are going to need if you have blog content requirements.

This means if you need a professional blog writer to write you a lot of blogs for your website and you do not want it to be written by an amateur or even a guest blogger then you are going to need a ghostblogger.

They will write professional content for your website and they will provide you with that content in record time and meet deadlines. They will also make sure your blogs are keyword-rich and that your blogs actually benefit your SEO.



If you are publishing your book for the first time and if you want to publish it in paperback then you can totally do it because it is still one of the most popular mediums of book publication.

But the thing you must keep in mind is that with different types of book publishing comes different formats because paperback formatting is different from eBook formatting.

There are even different types of paperback formats. While we will not tell you how to format paperback books because you need an extensive tutorial on that but we will definitely help you with understanding the paperback book format.

You will help you understand how to set up the print edition of your softcover book. We will also give you tips about important paperback book design decisions.

These will ultimately help you in book publishing and understanding this very popular publishing format.  You will talk about all the different factors that contribute to the format such as paperback size and much more.

So, let us start this very exciting blog with the question of why would you want to publish in paperback.

Why Publish in Paperback?

People have misconceptions about the popularity of paperback books because of the rise of eBooks but there is enough data to suggest that at least 70% of all books read worldwide are paperback books.

This means paperbacks are still in popularity compared to all the other types of books including eBooks and audiobooks.

In fact, paperbacks give a kind of legitimacy to the book because if a book is printed on paper that means the book has to have some quality to it.

That is why if you are thinking of self-publishing then you should definitely choose a printed book rather than an eBook.

The reason behind this is that people simply like to hold a book and read it and like the feel of a physical book rather than looking at images on the smartphone or e-reader.

Now that we know how important printed books are we should definitely look at paperback formatting so that you might understand how to assemble your book ready for printing.

But before we do that, we still need to understand what is paperback book formatting.

What Is Paperback Book Formatting?

Paperwork formatting is called simple to understand. It is just how you need to arrange the book before it goes into publishing.

This means you need to follow a certain layout if you want the printed book to come out the way you want.

You can follow pre-determined measurements or you can try out your own measurements but you need to make sure that the book is readable and that it is comprehensible.

One of the best ways to ensure that is to format your paperback and come out with a sample. Creating a sample might feel expensive but it is much cheaper than coming out with the first batch of printed books.

Before we start with the important tips to keep in mind for paperback formatting, we to understand if there is a difference between eBook formatting and paperback formatting.

Is There Any Difference Between eBook and Paperback Formatting?

There are significant differences because you need to understand the purpose and the use case of the layout.

If we consider ebooks then you can fit the text at the centre of the page or to any kind of layout you want to because the entire page can be seen and there is no need for printing considerations.

You can even choose an ebook format where only the data of the text will be taken and it will be arranged according to the ebook platform or format.

You are not going to have that luxury with paperback formatting because you need to always keep printing restrictions in mind.

You cannot have the main body of the text in the centre because a lot of the left edge of the page will be taken up by the spine of the book.

Then there are other considerations such as the size of the page and how much of the text you should fit inside that page which also depends on the size of the book.

Important Tips to Keep in Mind While You Format Your Paperback Book?

Templates Are Always Good

People shy away from templates because they think it is amateur but in reality, you are an amateur and if the final work looks professional then it is professional.

That is why you can get hold of an unlimited number of templates online that will help you simply paste your manuscript. You might probably be using Microsoft Word and you can get a lot of templates for that or any other kind of software you use.

You can then go page by page and do basic editing to make sure you have a completed manuscript. If you do not want to use any regular word processing software then you can use something professional and you are going to have even better controls.

Then all you need is a little bit of attention in the numbering and the widows and orphans. You must also make sure that the numbering is never on the bottom or top left because it might be covered by the spine.

Trim Size Is Very Important

One of the other things that you will need to keep in mind is the trim size because it is a basic essential of book formatting and especially a paperback.

Trim size is basically the size of the book which means the length and width of the book.

There is a precise science to this because if you have a book with a higher word count then you need to pick a size that is big so that the book does not seem too thick.

But if you have a small book then you can get away with a small size. Trim size should not only look good but it should match the philosophy of the readers.

That is why you should choose something that is standard but also matches the kind of book you are writing.

You can choose a custom size but it will produce unnecessary difficulty during the printing process and that is why you can choose between a few standard sizes.

  • 5×8.5 inches
  • 229x152mm (9×6 inches)
  • 279x216mm (11×8.5 inches)

 The Front and The Back of The Book

One of the things to consider when you are formatting your book for paperback is the front and the back of the book.

While it is necessary for eBooks as well but it is much more necessary when it comes to paperback because of the traditions paperbacks follow.

The thing is, you do not start numbering the book from the first page. Page numberings are an entirely different topic that needs an entire blog but we will help you understand it in short.

There are different pages to a book and you might distribute them in sections because one section might contain the copyright as well as the acknowledgements and the contents.

Another section might contain the body of the text.

The last page or the last section might contain credits and much more.

It is usually tradition to not number the pages unless they are the primary body of the text. That is why when you paste your manuscript in the template you need to make sure that they are maintained.

Apart from that you need to keep in mind a few other things such as the headers and also make sure to repeatedly check for errors.

It might seem like a lot of work because it is actually a lot of work. If you are publishing with a traditional publisher your manuscript may even get rejected if the formatting is not correct.

If you are self-publishing and if you do not correct the formatting then most self-publishers will not correct the formatting or bother doing it on their own regard.

But you do not need to worry because we are here to help you. We are Orange Publishers and we are the one and only traditional publishing company with the accessibility and ease of use that comes with self-publishing.

With us, you do not need to worry about book formatting because all you need to do is submit the text and we will do the formatting for you. Whether it is eBooks or paperback, we do everything from copyright filing to book cover design and printing as well as publishing.

We welcome you to visit our website to check out the list of all our services and we would love to publish your dream for you.

Common Book Formatting FAQ

What are the two types of paperback books?

Well, there can be different types of paperback books but when we talk about the two most common types of paperback books then they are definitely going to be mass-market paperbacks.  These are what you commonly get in a bookstore.

And the other kind is going to be trade paperbacks. Mass-markets are bought by consumers for casual reading and tread paperbacks are usually for commercial purposes.

What size is a paperback book?

Paperbacks usually come in a few common sizes and they are often referred to as the classic sizes because of how universal they are.

However, these sizes might be different in your country or your specific book market but here they are.

  • 5×8.5 inches
  • 229x152mm (9×6 inches)
  • 279x216mm (11×8.5 inches)

What is the difference between hardcover and paperback format?

When people want us to tell the difference between paperbacks and hardcovers, we usually have a very simple definition.

A hardcover is a paperback with a cardboard cover and a sturdy spine and better-quality paper.  Hardcovers are exactly what the name suggests, a book with a hard cover which can be made of cardboard or any hard material.

What is a paperback example?

Every modern book in the world is going to have a paperback version because it is much cheaper to produce.

That is why you are more likely to see a paperback than a hardcover. They can be found everywhere from the instruction manual of your smartphone to your school textbooks.

However, if you want to find out the hardcovers then you need to bring out your old dictionary or go to a library and look at important classic books.


Publishing is a science as well as an art and there are a lot of things book publishers need to understand and keep in mind when they create books.

Today we are going to talk about something very significant and reliable and something that is so obvious that we tend to ignore it for its simplicity and accuracy because it just works.

Today we are going to talk about proper book pagination. We are going to talk about book numbering techniques that professional publishers utilise.

There are many unwritten rules in pagination that are just passed down to subsequent generations of publishers for centuries and these are tips for numbering pages in books.

We will try to bring out those pagination strategies for authors. This is so that you can not only understand and get the best page numbering advice for books.

But it is also because you can actually utilize these book layout and numbering tips for self-publishing your book.

We would not suggest you start self-publishing your book based on just this blog alone because we would also recommend you to look at a few book formatting and numbering guides.

But this will be a very good starting point for you to understand chapter numbering in novels and page numbering in books in general.

So, let us look at tips for accurate book pagination.

Key Tips for Numbering Book Pages

The Odd-Even Rule

While this is not a rule but it is something so common that we can call it a rule. We are talking about the recto and the verso. While you can use any kind of creative book page numbering but this is something standard.

If you open a book then the sheet of paper on the right-hand side will be called the recto and the left-hand side or the back of the sheet will be called a verso.

The right-hand side is usually given an odd number which means the recto is always given an odd number and the left-hand side or the verso is given an even number.

But you must also keep in mind that this is only for left-to-right books. If the book is written in a language that is right to left then it can change.

It is a tradition carried on for centuries where recto comes from Rectum and means right in Latin. Verso comes from versus, which means to turn or change and means the other side of the sheet.

This rule also means it becomes much easier to start a new chapter from the right side of an open book which looks good in general. This is one of the most important tips for accurate book pagination.

Differently Numbered Pages

If you want to do proper page numbering then you should not only know how to number the page but you should also know which pages you should not number.

You must also know which pages should not contain the typical Arabic numerals but Roman numerals.

  • Let us start from the beginning as we come to the title page and it should not have any kind of numbering.
  • That is followed by the copyright page and you should not number that as well.
  • If you plan on having a dedication page where you dedicate the book to someone then you should avoid numbering that as well.
  • After that we come to the quotation page which is followed by a blank page and both of these pages should not be numbered. No blank pages should ever be numbered.
  • That is followed by the contents or the index. You do not necessarily have to put a number but if you do decide to give it a number then it should be Roman numerals and not Arabic numerals.
  • Then you can start the book but you might want to add a preface or foreword and you should also number it with Roman numerals. But you should only do it if you use Roman numerals in the index.
  • After that, we come to the body of the text which should be in Arabic numerals with odd numbers on the right side and even numbers being on the left side.
  • After the body of the text, you can then have the acknowledgement but you should number it in Arabic numerals as well.
  • And finally, we come to the notes which should also be numbered in Arabic numerals.

Page Number Placement

Now we come to the page number placement which is one of the other important factors that you must always keep in mind.

But before we tell you page number placement there is a simple rule that you must keep in mind. You must never place page numbers on the upper or lower left-hand side of the margin.

This means you must never place page numbers near the spine of the book. There is a chance that it might be covered inside the spine. And even if it is not covered it does not look nice.

  • If you want to go with the traditional way of doing things then you can place the page numbers bottom centre. This can be done 1 inch below the body of the text. But you must maintain the dimensions on every page and maintain uniformity.
  • Or you can place the page numbers on the bottom right-hand side of the page. While this is not as common as the bottom-centred approach but it is still a good way to put the numbers.

In fact, this is a better way of doing it since the numbers are much more visible and legible.

  • Then there is the upper right-hand corner approach. You can do this as well and there is nothing wrong with this.

But if you plan on doing something like upper-centred then that is kind of unusual but it is your book and you can do whatever you want.

Just that you should not place the numbers on the upper or lower left-hand side because it can cause issues during printing and after print.

Page Number Font

Now we are going to talk about something that is very subjective and it all depends on what you like and what you do not like. We will talk about page number fonts.

  • If you want to do it completely traditionally then you probably have chosen the lower-cantered approach for the number placement

That means you will love Times New Roman. It is one of the most classic Sherif fonts out there and you can use it on practically any kind of book if you want to number it.

  • If you want to give it a modern taste then you can use something like Nunito Sans. It is very legible and minimalist.
  • If you are writing fantasy or about the Middle Ages where the novel is set in older times then you can use something that is beyond classic which is Baskerville.
  • And if you want a no-fuzz approach then Arial is always there to help you because it is one of the most common fonds used for page numbering.
  • Let’s say if you are writing science fiction then we can only think about a very distinctive fond which is going to be Roboto.
  • If you are writing a dystopian novel such as 1984 then we got to just the perfect font for you which is going to be Bitter.
  • If you are going to write something Sci-Fi and the novel is set in the future then the best font for it is going to be something like JetBrains Mono.
  • If you do not want all these options anyone to keep it classic then we always have the trustee and dependable as well as elegant Cormorant Garamond.

It is going to be just the perfect kind of font if you are writing a detective novel such as Sherlock Holmes. It will fit right in with the Victorian landscape and setting.

We can go on and on about the different fonts you can use and as much as you like it we do not want to bore you with different choices.

The thing about fonts is that they are very personal and it all depends on what you like. All you have to do is pick up a few books of the same genre as your book and find out what fonts they are using.

But that is going to be the safe option. It is your book and if you want to use a wacky font that is unique and never used before then you are completely free to do it because you are self-publishing the book.

But stay away from Comic Sans.

We hope this blog has been helpful for you to know a little bit more about page numbering. Pagination is something that is seen as very trivial but it is something very important.

You need to have a basic understanding of book formats in order to get it right. But if you are someone who simply does not have the time to do all that and you simply want to submit your manuscript to be published then we are here for you.

We are Orange Publishers and we are the fastest growing and most popular book publishing company in India. We have the most streamlined publishing process where you simply send us the manuscript and we will do everything else.

We will do the page numbering and we will do the book cover design and the book formatting as well as the printing and the copyright and everything else in-house. We even do the distribution and book promotion as well.

We welcome you to visit our website and check out everything we do and we would love to get in touch with you

Common Pagination FAQs

What does it mean to number the pages of a book?

Numbering the pages of a book is very important and in fact, they serve very important purposes.

One of the most important technical benefits of having page numbers is during printing. When a book is being printed and then organised together, it must be in the correct order.

The quickest way to make sure that a book is in the correct order is to look at the page numbers.

The second most important thing is that it helps readers keep track of how much they have read the book. If you think about it, a novel cannot be read in a single day. That is why the readers can note down the page number and continue.

It is basically a navigation tool that helps the publishers as well as the readers and even the author when they are writing the book.

And if that book is studied by students then the page numbers are going to act as a reference for scholarly work.

What are the rules for page numbering?

There are no formal rules but there are certain things that have been practiced for so long that they have become standardised in the publishing industry.

One of the rules is that odd-numbered pages should be on the right and side and even numbers should be on the left side when you are numbering a book.

You must also make sure that the Arabic numeral numbering starts from the first page of chapter 1 of the book and not from the title page or the contents page.

You must also make sure that the numbering of the pages should be at the top or the bottom centre or right-hand side. Numbering is not done on the top or bottom left-hand side because that can get hidden by the spine during assembly.

How do you give numbering to the page?

The simplest way to do it is by using software. You are probably going to write the book on a computer or a laptop and not write it freehand or on a typewriter.

That means you will have the advantage of using professional grade book writing and formatting software.

While you can write the book on anything from Google Docs to Microsoft Word, you can then format it on any kind of book editor such as Vellum or Reedsy Book Editor.

You can even use a very popular writing software that is used by a lot of authors which is called Scrivener.

If you want the best layout and typesetting tools used by professionals in publishing companies then you can use Adobe InDesign. Although there might be a learning curve.