Glossary of Terms: Widows, Orphans, Gutters, Rivers

Continued here, a series of semi-regular glossary entries to look at the odd, quirky jargon of publishing:

These terms and recommendations applied to printed/paper books, however, don’t apply so easily to other formats. For example, web sites have no gutters. And the option to adjust e-books for type size and font mean that e-books can lay out in many different ways, making orphans, orphans, widows, and rivers unavoidable.

© Laura Edlund 2010