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#1 AOSpare

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:34 AM

I am a book designer for printed books. I have spend years perfecting my craft. Many of the issues facing the book designer are
non-existent in eBooks. I also have expertise and years of doing eBooks but I do not see the need for indentation at all.
Indents help the human eye when there is a large page/small fonts but with e Readers as small as a iPhone 5 why bother with indentation? What is your opinion?
I know that the traditional font selection is different for eBooks and printed so why not break some rules? Rebel!
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:54 AM

If you're submitting to an agent or publisher, follow their guidelines, or if not sure, keep with tradition.

The publisher will decide if they want indents or not.
 
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:54 AM

I am the publisher/editor in chief in this case. I am writing and publishing chapter by chapter on Amazon exclusively. Chapter 4 is being edited in the UK as we speak. It is a fiction book. Second edition will be e-only available EVERYWHERE
including Apple's 50 country-wide i Bookstore. Kobo and B&N.
I would sell the print/foreign rights plus HOLLYWOOD! here I come... :tongue:

If you're submitting to an agent or publisher, follow their guidelines, or if not sure, keep with tradition.

The publisher will decide if they want indents or not.


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:54 AM

I've read ebooks that were not indented, but it was a bit of a strain on my eyes. Even with the extra spacing between paragraphs, my mind saw it as a single block of text. What I personally do prefer on ebooks is a reduced indent. Say, maybe 1/4" instead of 1/2". That way if I have to up the font for some reason the indent doesn't take up so much of the line, and if I reduce the font there's still something there to break up the text.

Does that makes sense? I haven't had my vitamins yet, so I feel a little cloudy.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:20 PM

AOS, the thing to remember is that not everyone is reading the eBook on something as small as an iPhone. Plenty are reading on tablets or e-ink type e-readers, which have screen sizes roughly equivalent to (or even larger than) a printed page.

I would always go with indented paragraphs. Like Leigh said, you might indent slightly less than you would normally (but whether that's measured in inches or something else depends on how you create your eBook files).

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#6 AOSpare

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:40 PM

Good point! Thanks!
I suspect, most soft covers will cease to exist in a decade or two - to be replaced by eBooks or hardcover, collectors, libraries etc. Maybe this will take more than a decade but not more than two (I hope). This saves TREEs! :)
A real book will be a "luxury" item, think about that!

AOS, the thing to remember is that not everyone is reading the eBook on something as small as an iPhone. Plenty are reading on tablets or e-ink type e-readers, which have screen sizes roughly equivalent to (or even larger than) a printed page.

I would always go with indented paragraphs. Like Leigh said, you might indent slightly less than you would normally (but whether that's measured in inches or something else depends on how you create your eBook files).


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:55 PM

Just don't indent that first paragraph (of a chapter).
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:49 AM

I would NEVER do THAT! :blink:

Just don't indent that first paragraph (of a chapter).


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