What’s the difference?

Book formatting and Book layout design both refer to the process of designing the interior of a book, according to its genre and the printer’s specifications. There are details that will impact the readability of a book, such as: fonts, margins, line spacing, chapter headings, etc. However, they are not the same thing:

BOOK FORMATTING

Formatting means literally format the content of your book – which includes selecting fonts, setting line spacing and arranging headers, footers, chapter sections, etc. This is something that, most of the time, authors already do themselves when writing the manuscript.

BOOK LAYOUT DESIGN

This refers to page layout design and it is a bit more complex. It’s all about preparing the book for publication: making sure it matches specific publishing standards, as well as the printer’s custom specifications.

“I have seen too many books with great covers but horribly designed content. It’s like great packaging, but when you open it, the food inside looks brown and boring. It may still be nourishing, but my appetite is gone.”
— Erik Spiekermann

FORMATTING eBOOKS

Formatting and converting a book to an EPUB or MOBI file can quickly become a complex process.

Formatting for Print and eBook are two completely different processes. Readers will all see the printed version the same way because they all get the same format when buying the paperback. However, for the digital book the viewing of the pages will change depending on what device is being used, what font, margin size, line spacing, etc. the reader chooses in their custom settings.

For that reason, it is important to prioritize the reader’s experience and ensure the eBook will display properly in all e-readers devices.


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