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How to Design an eBook

When you are creating an ebook for the Kindle, Nook, or iTunes, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Hard to Be Perfect

One thing to remember with ebooks is that with so many devices and user settings, it is hard to make your ebook look perfect on all devices. It's usually better to go with a simple design that works everywhere than a more complicated design that will look off on several devices.

Leave Fonts Free

It can be tempting to force the fonts into place but many readers like to change them to their own preferences. Leaving them unlocked allows the readers to pick the fonts that work best for them. You can read more about book fonts.

Optimize Images

If you worked on a print version first, the images in your book will be much larger than you need for e-readers. Minimizing the file size will save you in delivery costs as well as make it faster for the reader to download.

Remove Page Numbers

Page numbers become arbitrary on many e-readers and it's best to leave them out. You can mention the section or recipe name you are referring to directly or better yet, include a clickable link.

More eBook Design Information

For a very detailed look at ebook design, we highly recommend The eBook Design and Development Guide.

Once you've designed your ebook, you will need to create an ePub file.