One of the common questions marketers ask themselves when starting the e-book creation process is “how can I make this so awesome that people will want to read it, stay engaged, and share it?” That question applies to designers too, and hopefully, by the time you have finished reading this blog post, you will have all the tools you need to create that awesome piece of content for your readers!
So let’s get to it! What does it take to create an awesome e-book?
1. Check the Manuscript
One of the first things I do when starting the e-book creation process is read the manuscript. Doing this gives me an overall feel for the topic, but along with that, it lets me see how the document is broken up, where the main headings and subheadings are, and how many chapters I’m working with. All of this is helpful for establishing the document’s structure, and it can also get the gears moving on things that will come further down the road in the design process, such as imagery, iconography, and typography. Quick tip: Don’t forget to ask any questions you have before getting too far into designing!
2. Decide on a Layout
Throughout my career as a designer, I have come across many different e-books with a variety of layouts. Let’s assume for this example, however, that we are creating a traditional e-book, 8.5 by 11 inches in size. The first thing you want to decide is the orientation.
The type of e-book you want to create will be a huge factor in this early decision. Portrait orientation is more traditional and will also be very mobile-friendly, but if you want to create an e-book that’s very visual with large imagery/graphics, then landscape is probably the way to go. How you want the reader to consume your content should always be at the forefront of your mind when creating an e-book. If any of your decisions at this stage will make it hard for the reader to consume your content, take a breather and rethink your choices.
Quick tip: Once you have chosen your orientation, you can determine how you want the text to look. Single column, double column, or even a combination all work well. Again, it depends on your audience. If you know more than half of them will only read this e-book on a mobile device, then you should use a single column layout to avoid them having to pinch and zoom.
3. Create a Clear Hierarchy
At this stage, your script is ready and you have decided on your layout for the e-book. You are ready to start designing! As you begin to design the copy, make sure you put a clear text hierarchy in place. This can be done by using different colors or font weights. You can even consider using a different font entirely for the headers. Just make sure that the reader can clearly identify when a new section begins and can also tell the difference between headers and subheaders. Quick tip: I …read more
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