Cateogry: Formatting Tips

Formatting Tips: Raised Initial



About Formatting Tips. This is a very easy formatting type and is similar to doing a drop cap. The big difference is a raised initial the letter is on the base line and is higher than the other letters. Only the first letter of the first paragraph of... Continue reading

Formatting Tips: Endnotes and Footnotes



About Formatting tips. Many non-fiction books utilize footnotes or endnotes. Footnotes do not work very well with ebooks because footnotes need to be placed at the bottom of a page. It is possible with EPUB to specify content to be shown at the bottom of a page using the... Continue reading

Formatting Tips: Sizing elements (Including Text)



About Formatting Tips. When dealing with the EPUB format there are number of ways to deal with sizes. Font size, indent, margin, spacing all allow for a variety of units to define their size. Sizes can be defined using any of the following: %, in, cm, mm, em, ex,... Continue reading

Formatting Tips: Markdown, Textile and calibre



About Formatting Tips. Up to this point Formatting Tips have been focused on the EPUB format and working directly with the underlying XHTML and CSS. Not everyone wants or needs this level of control over the layout of their book. Often times a book only needs basic formatting such... Continue reading

Formatting Tips: Calibre as a First Step



About Formatting Tips. Calibre’s robust conversion engine can be leveraged to help with formatting tasks. Converting with calibre helps when you are dealing with a format you cannot easily edit, or a format you aren’t very familiar. It’s also helpful in situations where the insides of the file... Continue reading

Formatting Tip: Poetry



About Formatting Tips. Poetry is one of the hardest elements to get right when formatting an ebook. The biggest issue is poems visually use a fixed width. Each line needs to be easily distinguishable. If they run together the rhyming and meter can easily be thrown off. Ebooks typically... Continue reading

Formatting Tips: Scene Breaks



About Formatting Tips. There are two types of scene breaks: hard and soft. Hard scene breaks are denoted by a visual separator between paragraphs. Typical identifiers are lines and stars. Soft scene breaks are created by putting white space between paragraphs. They both serve the same purpose but some... Continue reading

Formatting Tip: Big First Letter



About Formatting Tips. A common embellishment used in print books is to have the first letter of the first paragraph in a chapter appear much larger then the others. In addition to the letter being larger than the rest it also falls below the baseline. The rest of the... Continue reading

Formatting Tips: Print Style Paragraphs



About Formatting Tips. When creating an ebook using EPUB paragraphs default to looking like they do on a web page. Each paragraph is separated by a blank line and there is tab indent. It’s relatively easy to format your ebook to look like a printed book. The first paragraph... Continue reading

Formatting Tips Series



Formatting Tips is a series of articles focused on helping format an ebook to make it visually appealing. The major focus will be on EPUB. However, these articles will not always focus on that format. I plan to touch on ebook creation in general too. EPUB internally uses of... Continue reading