Format
from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
The mechanical makeup of a publication, especially its size and shape. The word is sometimes misused to mean layout, which refers to the presentation of the text. Among the proz, Gernsback's Wonder Stories and the 1941-44 ASF are remembered for their dizzying shifts among standard, bedsheet, and digest size. Fanzines for the most part appear in quarto size, or powers fractions of it; less often, in legal (British foolscap) size or odd dimensions from 9x12 down to little over an inch square (for midgimags). Page numbers vary from single-sheeters up to 50 or 100 pages for special issues, but 24-30 is common for subzines, since this is just under the weight limit for a certain amount of third-class postage. White 20-pound paper is the usual thing; since about 1952 a strong tend toward various pastel shades has been evident. Thinner paper doesn't work so well, tending to have too much showthru when anything is printed on the back. Pages are usually held together by staples, but paste, pinch-fasteners, brad paperfasteners, thread, and other means have been used.
from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
The mechanical makeup of a publication, especially the size and shape. Among the pros, Gernsback's Wonder Stories is remember for its dizzying shifts from large to small to large to small size, and in price, which were unrivaled until the recent escapades of Campbell's rags. Fanzines for he most part have followed the usual mean-proportional shape of pages, but size has varied form 21.7 cm x regalength to about he size illustrated. However, the 21.7 X 27.9 cm (8 1/2 x 11") letter size, like this page, or powers fractions of it, is the most common. Page numbers may vary from single-sheets to 50 or 100 pages plus covers (many number the covers as pages), but about 30 is commonest for subscription fanzines because that is just under the weight limit for a certain amount of third-class postage. White 20-lb paper is the usual thing; thinner paper doesn't duplicate clearly. Pages are usually held together by staples, but past, pinch-fasteners, brad paper fasteners, thread ad other means have been used.