Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this is completely true when it comes digital books (e-books) compared to a print book. With print books we can see fancy fonts, glyphs, headers, footers, basically, whatever the self-published author wants. But when it comes to eBooks, plain is best. One thing to always keep in mind is that the same file purchased through Amazon, Nook, B&N, etc. will be read in all kinds of screens:
And to make things even more dynamic, the screen will be in landscape or portrait and the font sizes will depend on the reader’s eyes:
And don’t even get me started with all the new generations of the current gadgets, by the time I submit this entry I’m sure there will be a new iPhone announced.
So in order to give the reader the best possible experience, the manuscript needs to be formatted with certain standards. For example, the font sizes should be 12 pt for the text, 14 pt for headings and a maximum of 16 pt for titles. As well as using common fonts like Times New Roman, Arial and Garamond.
The biggest difference that first-time self-published authors notice is the lack of page numbers. With digital books, pages are no longer relevant, instead, readers will see locations, which can differ from device to device. That is why a linked table of contents is crucial (and mandatory) to an eBook, as well as the use of bookmarks and highlighting passages with the touch of the fingers.
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