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Book design basics for hard copy and PDF ebooks

Book Design Basics II

By Colin Dunbar

In this post we continue with our book planning, and at the end I’ve included the items you can include in your Book Design Checklist. Having a completed checklist will save you time when you start formatting your book in Word.
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Book Design Basics I

By Colin Dunbar

From here we start with actually formatting your book, and get you working painlessly, and make your book look good. From here I start to show you the techniques and methods on how to format your book in Word whether it is for print or as an ebook.
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Book Design Examples

By Colin Dunbar

As I said previously, there are no hard and fast rules when you format your book in Word (or any other layout program). But, as I’m sure you’ll agree (and notice), it does reflect a more professional image when your book is designed and formatted following the time-tested principles that work; there is no need to reinvent the wheel.
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Format a Book In Word – Book Structure: Body and Back Matter

By Colin Dunbar

Body Matter

The body matter is the meat of your book – the main content.
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Format a Book In Word – Book Structure: Front Matter

By Colin Dunbar

Front Matter

When you format your book for hard copy printing, you should follow the structure as shown in the diagram below.  As I said previously, there are no hard and fast rules that dictate how a book must be structured, but the structure discussed here is one that’s been around for a few hundred years.
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Book Formatting Basics

By Colin Dunbar

Congratulations!

I congratulate you on taking the decision to invest the time in formatting your book like a professional. Doing this will separate you from the amateur self-published authors, and I assure you it will have an effect on how you are perceived as an author.
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