Converting a Word document into an ebook

This is a subject that causes trouble all the time. People like to control the way their book looks. Well, that is perfectly reasonable, after all the effort you have put into it. With a hard copy, you can control exactly how the book looks, especially if you have a patient printer working with you.

The key things to remember are:

  • What you see on your screen when you look at your work is not the finished product. It is only part of the process.
  • For an ebook, much of the appearance is controlled by the reader. Their device will adapt to make the book fit the screen, and they will set the font size to make it legible.

Your goal when you have finished in Word is NOT to make it look pretty. It is to make a file that:

  • will work with the printer’s typesetting system, and
  • will work with the software that will make your ebook.

This post explains how to prepare your file to convert to an ebook. If you do not follow this sort of advice, your book will look very odd, with random spaces in it. Following the same routine will also help with preparing a printed book.

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About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.
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One Response to Converting a Word document into an ebook

  1. lynettedavis says:

    Reblogged this on Memoir Notes and commented:
    I learned this the hard way.

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