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Ebook Formatting Tips : 7 Frequent Mistakes

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eBook Formatting Tips: 7 Frequent Mistakes to Avoid By Roy Rasmussen | Submitted On October 02, 2012 Recommend Article Article Comments Print Article Share this article on Facebook Share this article on Twitter Share this article on Google+ Share this article on Linkedin Share this article on StumbleUpon Share this article on Delicious Share this article on Digg Share this article on Reddit Share this article on Pinterest When I worked in professional digital publishing, there were certain formatting mistakes that weren 't allowed on publications going out of our department to other departments or our company 's clients. I frequently see eBook authors making these mistakes, along with a few other common errors. To me and others…show more content…
Stick to one font per document as a rule of thumb. The only major exception is for your main title page, where you can use a different font for aesthetic reasons. But don 't alternate fonts in the body of your eBook. Incidentally, for on-screen viewing, a sans-serif font like Arial has traditionally been easier to read than a serif font like Times New Roman. However, as screen resolution quality has improved, some newer serif fonts have been designed to be readable on computer screens and mobile devices. This will undoubtedly continue to develop. Don 't Make Body Fonts Too Small or Too Large In our department, where we were usually creating documents intended to be printed out, we used 12-point font as our default size. We never used fonts smaller than 11 points, except for very special exceptions. Smaller than this became hard to read when a document was printed out. At the other extreme, as the body text became larger than 12 points, it quickly became too loud for the eyes. Now when applying this to eBooks, it 's important to remember that eBooks are primarily intended to be displayed on-screen in PDF format, which translates font point sizes into percentages. In this context, 12 to 14 points for the original word processing document before conversion to PDF is a popular size range. There is some variation for audience and taste, but generally, bigger or smaller font should be reserved for special uses such as
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