Once your content has been saved as an RTF file you’re ready to import it into BookWright. First, let’s create a new project in BookWright.
Tip: Click the Start a New Book button
For reflowable ebooks we recommend choosing the 6x9 Trade Book project option on the “Choose a Book” screen.
Why do you need to pick a paper size when reflowable ebooks don’t have a fixed page size? Remember that in BookWright, you can design a print version at the same time you’re creating an ebook. By selecting a print size now, you’ll have everything ready to go if you decide to publish a print version of your book later.
Now let’s get your files into BookWright. You may have saved your content as a single RTF file or as separate RTF files, one per chapter. Either way is fine.
Import your RTF file(s)
1. Open Blurb BookWright
2. Click on the ‘Text Files’ icon Text File icon imagein the top toolbar .
3. Click on the ‘Add RTF Files’ icon
Browse to and select your RTF files
4. Browse your computer and find the RTF files to import
5. Select the files (hold down the Shift key to select multiple files) and click Open
Add the RTF file(s) to your book
Your files are in BookWright but still need to be placed into the pages of your book.
6. Your imported RTF files are listed in the Text Files library in BookWright
7. Drag the RTF file(s) onto a blank page
8. Choose the desired layout for the page and click ‘Apply Layout’
Tip:The different layout options and margins only apply to the print version of a book. Your selection will not affect your ebook.
9. Repeat the steps above to drag in more RTF files.
You’ll want to drag each RTF file onto the blank page following the Text Flow of the last imported RTF file’s content.
Text Flows and Text Containers
After importing your RTF files, you’ll see that the text has been inserted into your book, and BookWright has added as many pages as necessary to fit your text. Each RTF file is inserted into a Text Flow. A Text Flow is made up of linked Flowing Text Containers. Each page has a linked Flowing Text Container, and your text “flows” from one container to the next. Flowing Text Containers are different from individual Text Containers in that they are “linked” together in a sequence. This means that if you change the text, resize the container, or reformat it, the text will “reflow,” refilling the other containers as needed.
Tip: If you find there are empty pages or containers at the end of your book after you’ve done all your editing and layout work, you can safely delete them.
Tip: Identify Flowing Text Containers by the numbers in top left corner when you hover over them with your cursor.
Flowing Text Container
Regular Text Container
Using the RTF importer is the best way to import large amounts of text into BookWright. Each imported RTF file is placed in a new Text Flow. When we create the ebook, we automatically place each Text Flow into a new chapter in the ebook.
You can manually create Text Flows if you want to copy and paste more content later but using the RTF importer is preferred. Here’s how to manually create Text Flows.
Tip: If you make a Flowing Text Container smaller, by adjusting its height, some of the text may run beyond the end of the Text Flow and no longer be visible in the book. To fix this, go to the last container in the Text Flow, click the Link button, and draw another Flowing Text Container to hold the overflow.
Tip: Don’t use more than one Text Flow sequence on the same page
Text Containers (not part of a Text Flow) should be used sparingly. When placed directly below an image they are considered captions and the width of the text will match the image’s width in the ebook.
Tip: If you place a text container between two linked Flowing Text Containers a new line will be inserted before and after the text container’s content.
Blurb offers 53 beautiful fonts licensed specifically for use in your ebooks. After importing your RTF file you’ll need to replace the fonts used in your text editor with ebook friendly fonts listed in BookWright. You can find them at the top of the fonts dropdown menu. Make sure you use only these 53 fonts in your ebook, otherwise the e-reader will use a default font.
Tip: To change a font, select the content in the text editing window and choose an ebook friendly font from the dropdown list.
Tip: For more information on working with Fonts in BookWright watch the following video.
- Never overlap text or image containers, or layer text over images.
Tip: If you want text superimposed on an image, use an image editor like Photoshop to make the text part of the image.
- Background elements, such as page numbers, headers and footers, and background page color will not be included with your ebook.
- Pay close attention to any warning icons while editing.
Tip: Sometimes help and warning messages in BookWright only apply to print but not ebook versions of your project.
- Review any messages and suggestions during the upload process.
- Move image containers not the image inside a container. This causes images to be cropped.
Tip: To move an image on screen, click and drag it by selecting the border, instead of clicking on the image itself.
- When adding a new image to your book, just drag and drop it onto the page. (Rather than creating an empty image container then inserting the image into that container.)
- When resizing images, drag the border’s corner handles, while pressing the shift key. Then click on the image and press the “Fill” button in the image toolbar.
This will preserve the aspect ratio of the image without cropping.
- Be sure to only use the BookWright novel templates (found at blurb.com/templates) which are optimized for reflowable ebooks. All other templates are meant for print and fixed-layout ebooks only.
- For more BookWright tips check out the BookWright Guide or talk to someone on our Dream Team.