Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ebook Conversion

If you're thinking of publishing an ebook, there's lots of software out there that will handle the process for you. Whichever you choose, you will still need to be aware of some things that can cause your book to look odd.

Paragraphs. Do NOT use tabs. Use the 'format-paragraph' option. If you use tabs the converted book will look a little odd and maybe even look weird.

New chapter. Use 'ctrl+enter' to start a new page and not the enter key. Also, do not have a line space after the last word of the previous chapter as this will often be added to the top of the next chapter.

Fonts. Unusual fonts don't translate well so stick with Times New Roman unless you have a good reason not to or fancy a non-serifed font.

Tabs. Treat tabs like a contagious disease.

If you want to see what formatting you already have in your document, search at the top of your processing software and look for an icon in the shape of a back-to-front 'IP'. Click on it and you can see the 'tabs' (arrows), 'enter' (back-to-front IP) and spaces (a '.' in the centre of the line). Remove those that you don't need.

See you on Friday.


Milo James Fowler said...

"Treat tabs like a contagious disease" -- so it should be in ezine format? Flush left, single-spaced with a break between to signal paragraphs?

Martin Willoughby said...

Milo: Nah. It's just that tabs do not convert well. Using the 'format-paragraph' isn't a problem and that translates into ebook format with no problem, giving indents.