New Themes: Fitzgerald and Austen

We’ve just added a couple of new book themes for PressBooks, still in the “traditional” vein. We’ll be adding some funkier designs in the fall. In the mean time, let us introduce you to Austen and Fitzgerald.

Austen Theme

The Austen theme is named after Jane Austen, and it’s a classic all-serif font book design, built for novels, memoirs and straight text. It’ll work for non-fiction as well, if you’re looking for something classy and timeless. In PDF and web, header fonts are Marcellus SC, by Brian J. Bonislawsky, and body text is Sorts Mill Goudy, by Barry Swartz. For the ebook outputs, we’ve gone (as usual) with standard serif and sans-serif fonts in the output, for best results across a range of devices.

Here are a few screenshots:

Austen Theme Title Page
Austen Theme Title Page

Austen Chapter Two
Austen Chapter Two
Austen Theme with Chapter Subtitle and Author
Austen Theme with Chapter Subtitle and Author
Austen Theme with Austmatic Chapter Numbering
Austen Theme with Austmatic Chapter Numbering

Fitzgerald Theme

The Fitzgerald theme is named after F. Scott, and it’s got a modern feel, with sans-serif headings and running heads, the Roboto Condensed font by Christian Robertson, and body text the serif font, Crimson Text by Sebastian Kosch. Once again for the ebook outputs we’ve used a safe/standard fontstack rather than embedding. This theme is based on one commissioned by the University of Minnesota Press.

Here are a few screenshots:

Fitzgerald Title
Fitzgerald Title
Fitzgerald Chapter Two
Fitzgerald Chapter Two
Fitzgerald Theme with Chapter Subtitle + Author
Fitzgerald Theme with Chapter Subtitle + Author
Fitzgerald Theme Bibliography
Fitzgerald Theme Bibliography

Check them out on PressBooks.com.

4 thoughts on “New Themes: Fitzgerald and Austen

  1. Thanks for the additional themes! Love them.

    If you are looking for some good examples of theme templates, here you go:

    http://www.bookdesigntemplates.com/template-gallery/

    Most recently, the pre-teen and other fantasy templates they added are fantastic. They allow for some nice graphic treatments for the chapter numbers/headers similar to the last comment I left pressbooks. Keep up the good work. We’re spreading the word!

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