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Old 05-29-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Formatting a Word file for ePub conversion

A client has sent me a Word file that I need to copyedit/proof and get ready for ePub conversion, and I know nothing about ePubs except what I googled this afternoon.

I won't be doing the actual conversion -- a service called bookbaby will do that -- but I need to properly format the Word file before sending it to them.

I gather (from my googling) that ePubs are strictly for reading on tablet-type devices and maybe phones (not real computers?) and display as one long continuous stream of text (not individual pages) that will rewrap depending on the device's screen size. Apparently page numbers are not used, but I'm thinking I can leave them in during the proofing/editing process, and could delete them (headers/or footers) before sending the final file out for conversion.

And I've also read that I should delete all of the page breaks, which makes sense.

The doc uses Times New Roman only, so I don't think I need to do anything about changing fonts. Body text is currently 11 pt -- maybe I should go up a point?

Right now there's an extra linespace between paragraphs, after heads and subheads, etc.. I'm thinking I should change that to "space after" instead.

I'm confused as to whether the table of contents can have page numbers. And the author wants an index.

What about page size and margins? Doc is letter-sized now. Margins are inconsistent.

I can contact the bookbaby people with questions, but would like to have at least a vague idea of what I'm talking about before I do.

FWIW, this doc needs to stay in Word -- I don't have the option of working in InDesign.

TIA for any enlightenment, suggestions, etc.

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