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February 20, 2008

EL 336 - Format

"But further reflection suggests that the thoughts of readers are guided by the way the contents of books are arranged and presented. Basic changes in book format might well lead to changes in thought patterns." (pg 133)

As students when we open a book to read and see giant paragraphs of little print, we probably groan. that is because the format of the book is not fitting to our needs. I know in my own experience of writing for the Setonian ( which i am unable to do this semester sadly : ( ) The format of the crime blotterhas changed and has changed my feeling about it, but only for a bit. I know people are still reading it and that is the most important thing. Even if you pick up your favorite magazine and you go to your favorite section and find that because of ad space, it has been moved to the last page, it may take away a sense of security. When the people began printing words with illustration in books, I'm sure it got a an odd response from readers too. That is the beauty of print, you can change the format of the piece of work, but it will not change the contents. It will however affect the readers feelings, at least for a little. they will eventually work through it and find the true meaning of the writing, which is the goal of print anyway.

Posted by RachelPrichard at February 20, 2008 12:10 PM

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Just because publishers add illustrations does not meant that the text has been eliminated. You can devote a separate page to pictures. That is the beauty of books and other publications.

Posted by: Jeremy Barrick at February 20, 2008 9:10 PM

Just because publishers add illustrations does not meant that the text has been eliminated. You can devote a separate page to pictures. That is the beauty of books and other publications.

Posted by: Jeremy Barrick at February 20, 2008 9:11 PM

It's interesting that you should mention publications that change the organization of their content... I was reading my favorite gaming mag today, and one of the letters to the editors complained about their decision to change the amount of space allotted to a particular section.

Space in magazines is a lot like real estate. When your favorite section moves or gets cut, it's like watching your favorite store move out of town or move into a smaller building with limited space.

Posted by: ChrisU at February 21, 2008 12:20 AM

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