Book structure and organization

One of the keys to creating a readable and successful ebook is organizing it into sections or chapters. You’ve already structured your content in Word, thinking about what’s in your front matter, content and back matter. This section will describe how to format your content in BookWright to utilize an e-reader’s table of contents, separate sections or chapters with breaks, and create links between different parts of your book.

 

E-reader Table of Contents

Ebook reader apps make it easy for consumers to quickly find and move between content by providing a table of contents separate from the book content. In ebooks this information is saved in a special file. Blurb creates this file for you automatically based on how you structure your content in BookWright. It’s a really good idea to have more than one chapter in your book, even if a chapter is only one “page” of content.


iPad table of contents screen

A chapter is created…

  • For each Text Flow
  • For each section break (odd or even page) from your source RTF file
  • For every RTF file you import and drop in the editor

 

Chapter Titles

We automatically create the titles for each chapter in your table of contents by looking for the first sentence with the biggest font size in a Text Flow.

Tip: For best results put your chapter title first with the biggest font and avoid using numerals with periods in the title.

Page breaks

In general e-reader apps do a good job of breaking content into pages when a person reads your ebook. Remember that the visual end-of-pages in BookWright do not translate to page breaks in your ebook. However, it’s still possible to start content on a new “page” in the ebook by using these strategies.

    • Insert page breaks in Word before saving and importing your RTF file.
      Tip: from the Word menu choose: Insert > Break > Page Break
    • Add newlines or press the Enter key multiple times after the text content in the end of a Flowing Text Container to push text to the next page.
      Tip: Don’t worry, the extra newlines won’t show up in your ebook
    • Place a single image on a BookWright page before any Text Flows
    • Start a new Text Flow (this also creates a new chapter)
    • Resize a Flowing Text Container (this moves text to the next page)
      Tip: Whenever you resize a Flowing Text Container be sure content isn’t cut off at the end of the Text Flow

 

Creating a Table of Contents in front matter

If you want to make your own Table of Contents page in the front matter, do so by using the Hyperlink tool, linking to the appropriate pages in BookWright. Even though the page numbers won’t matter in the ebook, clicking the links will still send the reader to the correct spot in your ebook.

Tip: If you make your own linked-text Table of Contents try to keep the formatting simple. Avoid using dotted lines (“............”) as the layout will not be consistent. Also avoid listing the print page numbers as they won’t match the page “numbers” in the ebook.

 

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