Things to think about when typesetting a paper book

Things to think about when typesetting a paper book

In a previous post we mentioned how ebook layout might differ from the layout of printed books, but what should we think about when formatting a printed book? Headers and footers. In a printed book you will probably want to include page numbering at the footer of the page, as well as having a header […]

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Possible Problems with Image Quality in Microsoft Word

Authors often have problems with this. Beware that if you paste an image into Word and then subsequently do a Save As the images in the new file will typically have much lower resolution. Changing settings in Word might not help although it’s worth doing. click here for details. The problem arises because Word creates […]

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5 Tips when writing a non fiction book

You probably won’t have any trouble finding general  tips and guides about writing in general but when it comes to writing a non fiction book some important issues are often overlooked.  Here a 5 tips to help you get your book written. Identify a successful writer (or writers) who can be your role model.  Is […]

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eBook File Basics

The most widely adopted format for eBook files is ePub which is the international standard. ePub files can be read using FREE APPs on PCs, Macs, iOS and Android. Most specialist eBook reader devices are designed to work with ePub files. ePub files can also be loaded onto KDP for use on Amazon's proprietary Kindle devices. ePub files are normally produced from files already created for the production of paper editions, with Adobe Acrobat (pdf) files being a very popular source.

A common misunderstanding

Ebooks are not just like electron copies of paper books as you would get from a scanner. Unlike printed books which have fixed dimensions and a sequence of pages, ebooks have a variable format and don't actually have pages in the conventional sense. They are akin to websites where what you see on the screen depends on a number of factors especially the kind of device and software you are using. This provides great flexibility for the reader. For example, a person with poor eyesight can switch to a large font size. For this reason it is unwise to attempt to force a fixed format on an ebook's contents with the exception of images which need to preserve their own proportions.

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