Upon making your mind about entry into self-publishing, one of the key points to consider is format of your eBook. For the most part, the decision to go for an eBook or paperback is made from a business perspective. That’s to mean many authors are looking at the market prospects if they decide in favor of one book format as opposed to another.
However, the person who does the actual book formatting knows there are more significant differences between eBook formats and print formats.
One of the most significant differences between a paperback format and an eBook format lies in the way text is presented. For paperbacks or print formats, the text has a fixed layout. Thus, readers won’t have an opportunity to manipulate the text or images to enhance appearance
So, a paperback formatter knows that readers can’t resize text, change font and that’s why he or she ensures the final copy to send for publishing meets the highest of industry’s book formatting standards. In other words, there’s more weight of responsibility for a paperback formatter than an eBook formatter, since the former has the final say on how words, fonts and images appear on the printed copy.
An author is equally responsible for the final appearance of the text and other elements of their paperback. This makes it essential for a self-publishing author who specializes in paperbacks to ensure text on MS word appears on screen exactly as wanted on paper. Once that manuscript goes through Kindle Direct Publishing or other publishing platform, there won’t be room for readers to fix any legibility or presentation issues.
However, most eBook formats are reflowable. Reflowable text is that which the end-user can tweak certain aspects to make it more appealing or legible. Thus, if you’re publishing with Kindle Direct Publishing, you should have in mind the fact that potential readers might want to change the layout of text, appearance of text and other eBook formatting features.
Other self-publishing firms that support reflowable text include Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. Reflowable text is a concept that meets the demands of ever evolving eBook-reading technology and devices. It makes it possible for readers to enjoy all the features and elements in an eBook with total disregard to the devices they are using.
As an author, you may want to consider reflowable text for your eBook so that readers on different platforms such as iPhone, Kindle Fire, iPad or PC screen won’t have trouble reading.
Other common differences border on features such as page numbers and links. While readers of paperbacks rely on page numbers to identify and reach specific sections of a book, eBook readers utilize hyperlinks.
Yet, capacity for eBook text or layout to reflow does not mean that both the author and eBook formatter have no responsibility at all over how the final copy appears. There are still formatting requirements for most self-publishing platforms, which authors should be familiar with when designing both the exterior and interior of their eBooks.
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