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Steps to convert your manuscripts to eBooks - Part 2

In the previous section, we discussed about first few steps involved in eBook conversion process- indenting paragraphs, inserting page breaks and text justification. Now let us see what are the further steps involved.

Inserting margins

Are you concerned about how the margins of your eBooks should be? It should be uniform and small. Unlike in the case of printed books where you see larger margins on left side, margins in case of eBooks should be of same size at both sides of all the pages.


Most of the companies offering eBook creation and formatting services recommend 0.5 to be ideal. With smaller margins, there are negligible chances of any text loss when readers tailor their reading experience. Margins must be positive numbers or else if you accidently go with negative numbers, words may leave out from the book.

Choosing the font size

No matter how much you break your head on deciding the font to be used while formatting your book, it may frustrate you to know that the reader will ultimately decide and select the font when he start reading your eBook.

To make sure that the formatting and conversion process of digital book is executed hindrance-free, it is advisable to use only a single standard font. Times New Roman, Courier and Ariel are some of the common fonts most of the eBook formatting companies prefer. Stay away from fancy fonts as they get converted to weird symbols or characters on conversion.

Also using format font buttons or menu from tool bar is the best method for incorporating properties like boldness, underlining and italics etc. The font size for titles can ideally be 14-18pt and when it comes to text, 12pt can be effective.

Deciding the page size

In eBooks, pagination are not fixed; readers can according to their will customize font type and size as well as spacing which means that your eBook of 100 pages when printed can extend or reduce to any size when it is converted for digital platforms.

But still, because of certain reasons that only professional eBook conversion companies know, they suggest 8.5 x 11″ page size.

Image formatting tips

Image formatting must be done correctly. The first thing is that you should shun away from wrapping text round the pictures. In-line pictures with the writings below and above avails superior results.

Search engines favour images with same description as that of the image below it as well. Better formats for images would be .png and .jpg. Size for cover graphics should not exceed 800px height and 550px width. Other images can have a height of 600px and width 500px.

Take care while you resize the images. Don’t drag it into the Microsoft word file and adjust but do it outside. Adjusting in Word file changes only the image appearance but the actual size remains the same and thus when conversion is done, formatting issues pop up while reading on digital devices.

Finally, avoid spaces in file names. Armed with the information provided through our book manuscripts to eBooks convertion steps articles part one and two, things hopefully are much clarified for you now. Keep reading for more.

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