Monday, August 28, 2017
EBook Formatting Tips
Here are some tips for producing a professional-looking product:
The layout is similar to print books. Keep in mind that text sizes can be changed by readers, so don’t overload the front matter - we want those who download a sample first to get a portion of the first chapter. The general page order should be:
Table of contents
Other books by author or excerpt from next book - with purchase links if possible
Set font size to 12 and stick with standard fonts. Unusual fonts don’t translate well.
Text should be justified for a more professional appearance.
Images and tables are often bumped to the next page. The nature of eBooks makes positioning them exactly almost impossible. (Unless you are creating an ePub in InDesign where you have a little more control over image placement.) Set them “in line” with text to create a smoother flow. Always use 72 dpi sized images.
Pages are impossible to control since readers can adjust the font size, so don’t include page numbers.
There are two ways to include links. The actual link can be used or a hyperlink. If using the actual link, it must be the full web address.
Correct - http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/
Incorrect - www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com
For a hyperlink, highlight the text in the book and when setting the hyperlink, select “Existing File or Web Page.”
Be sure links line up with the retailer. Barnes & Noble will not appreciate links to Amazon in the eBooks they sell.
Follow these guidelines and produce a professional-looking eBook that readers will devour!