pdf to epub

A look into styling PDF to ePub

Ever evolving technology means ePub readers are also evolving continually. When it comes to esthetics eBooks are completely different from traditional books. PDF for eBook are formatted in a totally different manner. eBook will be easier to view and read on a reader if we just stick to the basics and keep our formatting simple, this is also the first and foremost formatting tip when it comes to eBooks. It is also important to know that the limitations are many but the applications are more for an eBook reader and eBook.

PDF to ePub Formatting styles

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    heading formatting

  • H1 – Heading 1 : This size is usually used for book title. You may use it for chapter headings as well in case you want to keep them as a separate page. They are usually the largest font available, hence it is not recommended to be used often throughout the manuscript.
  • H2 – Heading 2 : This size is usually used for chapter headings to make it distinct and strike out. They are usually used after a page break to make sure that the content is synchronized.
  • H3 – Heading 3 : This size is usually used for subsections. Subsections may include highlighting important milestones and then writing about it in normal font after that. All headings are to be used wisely since they have specific application. Excessive usage will spoil the structure of content and manuscript.
  • Normal : This size is usually used for paragraphs and text content within the manuscript. This is also the size which will be utilized mostly throughout the manuscript.
  • Normal Indent : Used for indenting beginning of paragraph

PDF to ePub should have a consistent style to make sure that the readers are given with a structure and there is no confusion while navigating.

PDF to ePub should only use commonly used and recognizable fonts like Arial, Times New Roman.

Hard returns should not be used to go to the next line in case the page margin is reached. They should only be used at the end of any paragraph. This is also among one of the major reasons eBook conversion becomes time consuming.

PDF to ePub should be proof read before being submitted. Once the eBook designs are finalized and rendered into a final copy it becomes time consuming and inefficient to go back and make changes every now and then.

PDF to ePub is recommended to be justified to the left. Most readers have adjust feature in them so that the reader can align any text to their liking, be it left indented or center indented or justified.

PDF to ePub should be devoid of double spaces or extra spaces. They should also avoid hard returns to cover page margins. A regular book may look good that way but with eBook readers coming in different sizes and configuration doing so will result in the text being disoriented.

PDF to ePub should contain important information within the manuscript rather than them being used in headers or footers. Many readers ignore headers and footer.

Page numbers and footnotes should be avoided.

PDF to ePub should contain contents like charts, text boxes, scientific/mathematical formulas, tables and embedded objects like HTML as images since they dont blend well with eBook formats. Including them as images also have additional benefit of styling them however you like using a photo/image editing software before including them as a part of the manuscript.

All these things are extremely important to keep in mind since they define how your eBook will actually look and feel like. These things will also help you place right content at the right place and help you organize your eBook in an efficient way.

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