Styles explained in detail

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One of the keys to creating great looking ebooks is placing close attention to the styles you are using.  We’ve created several custom style that we’ve found to look best when converted to the eReader format.

Here’s examples of how the various styles look when converted to the Kindle format:

How the custom styles define paragraph indents and spacing

Here’s how I recommend you see what style is being used & start being more diligent about applying the proper style.

Start by bringing up the Styles dialog box (Ctrl-Shift-Alt-S). The major styles you will be using in our template are:

  • Heading 1 (used for each chapter header) – automatically adds to the Table of Contents (TOC) and inserts a page break before the chapter.
  • Heading 2 – a sub-chapter (automatically linked to TOC)
  • Title (used for major chapter sections that you don’t want in the TOC).
  • Indented
  • Not Indented
  • With our without space between paragraphs
  • No space between paragraphs
  • Bullets & numbered lists
  • e-centered (good to use for centering inserted images)

Most authors will typically use e-no-indent for the first paragraph in any chapter (pick up any book, you’ll notice the first paragraph isn’t usually indented). After the first paragraph, you can use the the style e-indent to start a standard indent for every other paragraph in the chapter.

The custom styles are as follows, and should be self-explanatory:

  • Heading 1
  • Heading 2
  • Title
  • e-indent
  • e-no-indent
  • e-indent-no-space
  • e-no-indent-no-space
  • e-bullets
  • e-numbers
  • e-centered

If you need a style that isn’t listed, watch the tutorial on how to create custom styles.

 

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