Ebook Style Guide

The Ebook Style Guide

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Anything we’ve quoted or referred to in The Ebook Style Guide is listed here. In some cases, we’ve added a few notes to jog your memory about the topic.

 Preface

The Institute for the Future of the Book

Introduction

You’ve Got Style: A Writer's Guide to Copyediting, by Carla Douglas and C.K. MacLeod, for the least you need to know about copyediting

About

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1 Parts of Ebook

How to Read an Ebook, by C.K. MacLeod

Copyright Page Samples You can Copy and Paste Into Your Book, by Joel Friedlander

Introduction vs preface in You’ve Got Style: A Writer's Guide to Copyediting, by Carla Douglas and C.K. MacLeod

An example of when an author bio is important in Overcoming SAD: The Happy Hippie Yoga-Chick’s Guide to Beating Winter Flip-Out, by Karen Bergen

Call to action tips in Write. Publish. Repeat: The No-Luck Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success, by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

2 Contents Page

Example of an at-a-glance contents page in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

3 Navigation Menu

How to Move Through a Book on Your Kindle Paperwhite, by Leslie H. Nicoll

How to create a nested navigation menu in Creating Ebooks for the Kindle(Lynda.com course), by Tony Harmer

Explanation of how to create a NavMap in Creating Great Ebooks Using Jutoh, by Julian Smart

Clever and clear headings in Knit It! Learn the Basics and Knit 22 Beautiful Projects, by Melissa Leapman

Do’s and Don’ts of Choosing a Good Title, by Carla Douglas

4 Heading Levels

Example of a nested navigation menu in Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, by K.M. Weiland

How to punctuate and capitalize headings, in You’ve Got Style: Copyediting for Self-Publishing Authors, by Carla Douglas and C.K. MacLeod

How to Embed a Font in an Epub or Kindle Ebook, by Suzanne Parrott

5 Sentence, Paragraph, and Book Length

How to Make Your Writing More Readable, by Carla Douglas

A Healthy Bite-Sized Digital Lifestyle, by David Armano

Example of a searchable book app for long nonfiction reference books: Olive Tree Bible app

6 Paragraph Styles

Fun With Formatting Ebooks: Paragraph Style, by JW Manus

Ebook formatting options, in Idea to Ebook: How to Write a Quality Book Fastby C.K. MacLeod

How to Use Styles for a Professional Ebook Conversion, by Rob O’Byrne

7 Drop Caps and Small Caps

Drop caps work-around, in the Jutoh manual

HTML fundamentals in Anatomy of an HTML Page, by John Espirian

8 Fonts

Rob Siders, comments, in Where Can I Legally Use My Fonts, by David Bergsland

How to stay on the right side of the law, in Where Can I Legally Use My Fonts, by David Bergsland

Where to find open-source fonts, in Idea to Ebook: How to Write a Quality Book Fast, by C.K. MacLeod

Kindle Publishing cheat sheet, in Ebook Formatting for Kindle Publishing, by Corina Koch MacLeod

Lulu cheat sheet, in Ebook Formatting for Lulu, by Corina Koch MacLeod

9 Special Characters

Alt Codes / Alt Key Codes, at usefulshortscuts.com

Unicode Character Table

List of keyboard shortcuts for Word users, by Suzanne Barnhill

List of keyboard shortcuts for Mac users, by Washington State University

Alt Codes For Foreign Language Letters with Accents, at usefulshortscuts.com

20-Minute Macro Course, by C.K. MacLeod

Macro script, in How to Change Straight Quotes to Curly Quotes in Word, at extendoffice.com

Fix typographical characters with FileCleaner

Spaced ellipsis, in Punctuation Purgatory: The Em Dash and the Ellipsis, by JW Manus

Zero-width nonbreaking spaces, in Avoiding Bad Punctuation Breaks in Ebooks, by Derrick Schultz

Screen captures for math equations, in Math (ML) in Education Digital Content, by Richard Pipe

See Ebooks for Math and Science group for current developments in equations in ebooks

Foot and Inch Marks trick in Butterick’s Practical Typography, by Matthew Butterick

Formatting: HTML Codes for Special Characters and Symbols, by Suzanne Fyrhie Parrott

10 End-of-Line Breaks

Avoiding Bad Punctuation Breaks in Ebooks with zero-width nonbreaking spaces, by Derrick Schultz

Controlling end-of-line breaks with nonbreaking spaces, in From Word to Kindle, by Aaron Shepard

11 Lists

Learn HTML with w3schools tutorials

Tips for punctuating lists, in You’ve Got Style: A Writer's Guide to Copyediting, by Carla Douglas and C.K. MacLeod

12 Sidebars and Pull Quotes

Style sidebars with HTML and CSS, in the Ebook Design and Development Guide, by Paul Salvette

Format sidebars using Book Design templates for Microsoft Word

Kindle Textbook Creator for complex book design and layout

13 Block Quotes and Pull Quotes

Indenting block quotes, in From Word to Kindle, by Aaron Shepard

Punctuating other people’s words, in You’ve Got Style: A Writer's Guide to Copyediting, by Carla Douglas and C.K. MacLeod

14 Images, Tables, and Graphs

Preparing Images for Ebooks, by C.K. MacLeod

Pictures on Kindle, by Aaron Shepherd

Handling tables, in Web Standards for Ebooks, by Joe Clark

Creating a Table in Scrivener, by Rebecca Schiller

How to style a table using HTML and CSS, in Ebook Design and Development Guide, by Paul Salvette

Kindle Textbook Creator for complex book design and layout

15 Captions

Styling captions, in You’ve Got Style: A Writer's Guide to Copyeditingby Carla Douglas and C.K. MacLeod

Anchoring captions, in Ebook Design and Development Guide, by Paul Salvette

Kindle Textbook Creator for complex book design and layout

Flexible option for handling captions, in Pictures on Kindle, by Aaron Shepherd

16 Section Separators

Alt codes for special symbols used in section separators

Ebook Ornaments, by JW Manus

Nymphette font for section separators, by Lauren Thompson at Font Squirrel

17 Fractions

Alt codes for fractions

Unicode characters for “vulgar fractions,” by Alan Wood

Rules for using fractions in books, in You’ve Got Style: A Writer's Guide to Copyediting, by Carla Douglas and C.K. MacLeod

18 Hyperlinks

Develop an efficient writing and publishing workflow, in Idea to Ebook: How to Write a Quality Book Fast, by C.K. MacLeod

An elegant approach to handling links in ebooks, by Michael A. Koontz

Check broken links on your web page with Broken Link Checker

19 Footnotes and Endnotes

Use italics for footnotes, in From Word to Kindle, by Aaron Shepard

Chapter endnotes in Jutoh

Chapter endotes in Sigil

20 Citations

Bob Stein’s thoughts on The Future of the Book

Citing with endnotes in Jutoh

Citing with endotes in Sigil

21 Appendixes

Example of an interactive PDF, at Don’t Panic Books

Example of a downloadable PDF, at Tech Tools for Writers

22 Reference List or Bibliography

Learn how to handle book titles, in You’ve Got Style: A Writer's Guide to Copyediting, by Carla Douglas and C.K. MacLeod

23 Indexes

Creating indexes in Adobe InDesign, by Lucie Haskins

Extras

Creating Ebooks that Work Checklist

Tools List

20-Minute Macro Course

Adobe InDesign

Book Design templates

Broken Link Checker

Calibre

FileCleaner

Jutoh

Kindle Textbook Creator

Scrivener

Sigil

Microsoft Word