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Steps to convert your manuscripts to eBooks - part 1

With digital devices flooding the marketplace, authors and publishers for genuine reasons have started converting their printed materials to eBooks. Though there are a lot of professional service providers who can help you with eBook conversion and formatting, it would always be beneficial to have an idea about the various steps involved in the process. Let’s have a look on the same.


Indenting paragraphs

When it comes to indenting paragraphs, most of the companies offering eBook formatting and conversion services suggest to avoid using the spacebar and tab key. You can alternatively use paragraph settings available in the Word’s formatting pallet. By this, indent setting to first line for every paragraph can be done. The process of conversion will proceed without hitches and you can keep your readers satisfied.

After intending every paragraph if you want to erase all tab indents, there is a great option on which you can rely. Simply apply ‘Find’ and ‘Replace’ option in Edit menu. In Find field put ‘^t’ and leave the Replace field empty; the job will be done.

Inserting page breaks

Most of the eBook conversion companies believe that there is no ideal pagination for eBooks. As the dynamic texts in a book flows on multiple devices, there are no fixed page numbers.

However, page breaks are something vital as it directly influences the reading experience. Page breaks must be inserted at every chapter’s end, before you start a new page and also when you want a photo to appear along with its caption.

Inserting page breaks is quite easy in case of Microsoft Word. Place the cursor where you want to provide the break. You can find the ‘Break’ option in the Insert pull-down menu.

Most of the text processing programs have same or almost similar functions for the said purpose.

Text justification

Justification of text is important to keep a professional look for your work and also for assuring hindrance-free reading experience.

A king part of companies indulged in eBook formatting services recommend to use centered or left justification for obvious reasons. By this, you readers can comfortably tailor their experience on any e-readers.

Right justification demands you to left align all the lists and bullets. This kills time and takes a lot of effort. To make the conditions worse, certain e-readers override the settings.

It is always better to evade mixing justifications. Also full- justification may lead to some uncomfortable breaks in lines when a book repaginates.

Also check our another article – converting your books manuscripts to EBooks- Archives of steps involved (part2)

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