Format a Book in Word: Tables & Columns

By Colin Dunbar

In a non-fiction book, tables are an aid to making information and data easier to read. Columns can also be used to help with readability, although it’s not common to have columns in a book.

If you do have tables in your book, the use of color will make a table more appealing for your reader, and help with readability. But color printing can be expensive, and could make your book unviable. Instead, you can use shades of grey in your table; this will still make a plain table more appealing, but won’t raise the cost of your book.
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Tell me what you need to format your book in Word

By Colin Dunbar

With your global settings done, lets take a look at what we’ve covered so far in formatting your book in Word…

Are you feeling good so far? There’s more to come, and soon you will be able to professionally format any book in Word, without the stress and aggravation.

Starting from the next post I will be covering things like tables, columns, graphic images, text boxes, etc. – the things that add to the “look” of your book, and can aid readability.

As it is my intention to cover everything you need to create a really professional book, I want to ask you if there is something that you want to know – if I’ve left it out in my outline, I will look into adding it.

What would you like to be able to do in Word when it comes to formatting your book?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Format a Book in Word: Headings, Headers & Footers


By Colin Dunbar

With your basic global settings done, we’ll now look at headings, headers and footers.

Headings are used to help your readers find their way around your book. They also help in letting your reader know what the paragraphs following the heading are about. They are especially useful in non-fiction books.

Headers and footers are used to show your reader where they are in your book, and also what page they are on (or where the page is they want to go to).

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Format a Book in Word: Pagination, Page and Section Breaks

By Colin Dunbar

From here we start getting to the good stuff. You will now really begin to see your book taking shape as you format your book in Word.

If you have a fictional book, it’s not necessary to make the pagination changes. The Widow/Orphan control is selected by default, and that is suitable for fiction. If you have a non-fiction book, I recommend making the other changes as detailed below.
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Format a Book in Word: Base Font & Line Spacing

By Colin Dunbar

Naturally, the quality of the content of your book is the number 1 priority. But when you format your book, the layout of your content, structure and readability is just as important as the content itself.

Readability is an interesting topic, and there are a number of readability formulas that can be used to test the readability of text. You can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readability.
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Format a Book in Word: Page Layout & Margins

By Colin Dunbar

With our page size set, we continue with the global settings, and in this post we cover page layout and margins.

Open your saved Word document. If you didn’t save it, create a new document. I suggest you save your Word document as we’ll be adding formatting features, and it’ll be useful to do them all in the one document.
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Format a Book in Word: Global Settings

By Colin Dunbar

What are Global Settings?

Global settings are the formatting elements that you set once, at the start of formatting your book. Examples of these are page size, margins, headline styles, etc. Depending on the type of book you have, these settings may be the only settings you need. Sometimes, with a non-fiction book, you may have once-off items, for example, a sidebar set in one of Word’s textbox options. These will be covered later.
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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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