Before you submit your book for publishing, you need to focus on its formatting. This is a major component which is responsible for improving readability. Formatting makes a huge difference and poorly formatted books are hard to read.
The following are some book formatting tips which will improve readability.
1. Formatting Based on Genre
Fiction and non-fiction books have different formatting requirements so pay attention to the genre of your book. Additionally, the book’s genre can also allow you to incorporate some design elements. If you never paid attention to the difference in formatting, you should pick a book and see for yourself. From the page indentation to the font, there is a noticeable difference.
2. Don’t Hard Indent
Indenting the content can really help to show the start of a new paragraph. It also breaks the monotony of reading a large body of text. Indents are also largely used in fiction book formatting. When you’re looking to add an indent, avoid using the tab button for it. Instead, go to the paragraph settings on MS Word and indent the paragraph with its help.
3. Focus on Font Readability
Apart from indentation, you need to ensure that your content is readable. Pick a font and a size which is pleasing to the eye and makes your work look neat. Avoid picking fonts based on aesthetics only. Even Times New Roman is a good font to use.
Additionally, when working on your document, make sure the MS Page view settings is set to 100%. This gives you a look at the content from the neutral view. If the font is too small, pick a size bigger. Usually, 12 will do but some font types can be smaller and difficult to read, even with that font size.
4. Headers and Footers
Always include headers and footers, particularly if you are dealing with an eBook project. Even in print books, you’ll find the title of the book or the chapter on the top right corner of the book. Including page numbers is a necessity and you’ll hardly ever see a book without this important addition.
Moreover, pick header designs or footer designs which can add to the appeal of your book.
With the help of the tips mentioned above, you can not only improve readability but also enhance the overall appeal of the book easily.
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