Designing Your eBook to Look Good on an eReader
When it comes to eBooks, they are one of the more flexible reading options. People can read them on everything from tablets to computers to smart phones. But eReaders have been taking up the lion’s share of online reading these days. They offer convenience as well as mobility and increased battery power. Plus some of the tablets even come with special screens to make the reading experience as close to reading from a real book as possible.
When you’re considering publishing your own eBook, you need to think about how it will translate onto an eReader screen. Here are some of the things that you will want to remember.
Black and White Is Best
Don’t get fancy with the fonts and font colors. While you want your eBook to stand out, eReaders and tablets do best when you use basic black and white fonts and backgrounds. Tablets will always have some variance in color schemes. Additionally, those that are specifically intended for eBooks will have eInk. The eInk-based technology creates a “duller” appearance to make it easier on the eye. Bright colors do not translate well. In fact, they will look downright dingy. If you want to have an eBook that has lots of bright colors, then make sure that you have one that is in black and white as well. Make it clear in the title or in the description which eBook version is intended for which device.
Distinctive in a Thumbnail
People still judge books by their covers, even when they’re eBooks. Your cover is just as important as your title and your blurb. But one of the most common mistakes that people make when preparing to self-publish an eBook is to assume that if it looks good on the desktop monitor or laptop, then it will look good on an eReader. That’s not the case. You need to look at the image in the thumbnail version on your desktop or laptop. If the cover remains distinct, and the title clear, even in that version, then it will generally translate well on the eReader.
Intuitive Page Numbers
Yes, you can convert a basic pdf file into an EPUB or MOBI file without many problems, but if you don’t put it through the proper formatting procedures, you will wind up with a messy document. Intuitive page numbers are one of the things that will be missing. These are sometimes known as responsive page numbers. The program you use should automatically convert the page numbers to correspond appropriately, allowing you to determine whether you want them to sync up with locations in the physical book or in a particular fashion. Even if you don’t have a physical book, it’s good to have these page numbers formatted appropriately so that they don’t appear in random locations throughout the eBook.
Developing your eBook to look good on an eReader is not that difficult. You just have to remember to keep it basic. The purpose of an eReader is to let people read. You should keep your text black and white so that you don’t have problems with variances. You must also make sure that the cover looks good in a thumbnail and that you put the eBook through proper formatting.