What Font and Font Size Should I Use for My eBook? – BookBaby Blog


Regardless of the font you choose for your eBook manuscript, once the file is converted to ePUB format, the CUSTOMER will decide which font they want to read your book in. This fact is sometimes frustrating for book designers/typesetters, but it’s great for the end-user– and you!

To ensure maximum readability (across multiple devices, screen sizes, etc.), you will want to eliminate anything in your manuscript that might unnecessarily complicate the eBook conversion process. When it comes to fonts, we recommend that you use only ONE font in your book, and that it be a standard one: Ariel, Times New Roman, or Courier.

Fancy fonts (especially fancy serif fonts) might look great, but oftentimes they are converted into strange characters and symbols. Your eBook could look like a garbled mess. If you’re a font snob, look at it this way: by sticking to a safe, boring font– you’ll ensure that nothing gets lost in translation (or conversion). You don’t want to risk the language itself for the sake of typography.

If you want to include other elements like bold, italic, or underlining, please use the format font menu or the buttons on the tool bar. If you need to use characters that aren’t on the keyboard, be sure to choose them from the menu with the same name as your font– not wingdings, symbols, or special characters.

Like the font itself, the font size will be customizable by the reader. The conversion process will go smoothly if you avoid very large or very small font sizes. We recommend 12pt font size for body text and 14-18pt for chapter titles.

In a world where a text can be discovered, accessed, and customized to reader preference on multiple devices (computers, phones, eReaders, tablets, etc.), maximum readability benefits the author as much as the consumer. Hopefully these font tips will help you avoid any conversion gremlins along the way.

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SelfPub South Africa

The January 2015 report on author earnings is enough to make most authors sit up and pay attention to the Amazon publishing machine. Headlines like 33% of eBook sales from Amazon.com are indie (self-published) authors or 40% of all dollars earned by authors on eBook sales from Amazon.com are earned by Indie authors all highlight the gradual shift away from the pure traditional publishing paradigm and highlight the success that can be achieved by authors not afraid of learning or experimenting with self-publishing.



Wolf Wolf

Eben Venter’s Wolf Wolf is a wild ride of hope and resentment, translated from the Afrikaans by Michiel Heyns, himself a contributor to the fantastic blossoming of post-apartheid South African literature.

It is centred around the love-hate relationship of Matteus, a gay man, and his bitterly disappointed Pa, an old-style, quintessentially male patriarch who has cancer. The two are locked together during Pa’s dying days in a grand house behind Cape Town’s high walls, roiling around in a claustrophobic mix of compassion and anger, pity and resentment, in a city full of foreboding.

Anyone who has cared for an ageing parent will recognise aspects of the scenario. The devoted Matteus is repelled, too. It’s intimate. He can smell the disease emanating from the infantilised old man on whom he is financially dependent. It is the smell of “a body cooling down permanently”.


Tablet Growth Disappoints in First Half 2014, iPad Sales Down, Samsung up | Digital Book World

The 200 million annual shipments milestone for branded tablets continues to elude OEM vendors and overall growth for 2014 is set to come in at a disappointing 2.5%.

Apple and Samsung continued to lead branded vendors in unit share during 1H 2014 although with mixed fortunes. Even though the top two branded tablet suppliers combined for nearly 70% of all shipments, Lenovo and Intel are increasingly being seen as the next growth engines for the wider tablet ecosystem.Apple iPad units were down 13% while Samsung units were up about 26% year-over-year in the first six months of the year. “The roller coaster ride from the leading two tablet vendors has market watchers looking to other vendors to create sustainable growth,” says senior practice director Jeff Orr. “All eyes are on Lenovo as it is one of few to demonstrate consistent growth over the past year.”Within the tablet supply chain, Intel continues to show progress toward its goal of 40 million devices powered by its processors in 2014. While many tablets will come out in non-branded models, 2014 looks to be the tipping point for Intel’s mobility processor strategy. The company has also set up market-specific relationships that should propel it forward during 2015. “Forty million units is only a minor dent in ARM’s domination of tablets, though Intel is quickly becoming a formidable applications processor architecture

via Tablet Growth Disappoints in First Half 2014, iPad Sales Down, Samsung up | Digital Book World.


A Florida University is Going Off the Books – The Digital Reader

FPU’s new library is on the second floor of the Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building (pictured above). Featuring a white dome topped with 12-story-high butterfly wings with louvered panels, this $60 million structure houses classrooms, labs, and office space, as well as an 11,000 square-foot library.

Business Insider reported yesterday that Florida’s newest university was the latest school to open a library sans books:

A fully digital library is among the futuristic features of Florida Polytechnic University’s striking dome-shaped building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. “It’s a boldly relevant decision to go forward without books,” said Kathryn Miller, the university’s director of libraries. The inaugural class of 550 students, offered scholarships covering tuition to attend a public university so new it’s not yet accredited, can access more than 135,000 ebooks on their choice of reader, tablet or laptop.

via A Florida University is Going Off the Books – The Digital Reader.

Africa Myths SUBMISSION – WDA Publishing


Africa Myths SUBMISSION – WDA Publishing.

African Myths and Legends Registration and Submission Closing Date : 30 September 2014

Submission guidelines:

1.    African Myths and Legends is interpreted in its widest sense for this collection. Feel free to surprise us with something different – as long as it features Myths and Legends from the African continent as a central component. WHAT WE REALY WANT IS : innovative CONTEMPORARY  interpretations of    African Myths and Legends

2.    Stories should be no more than 5000 words, no minimum word count for this collection. Word count does not include title.

3.    There is no particular preferred layout, as long as stories are presented tidily.

4.    Violence, swearing and sexual content and acceptable, provided that they fit the story. Gratuitous usages, or use for shock value will harm your chances of acceptance.

5.     WDA Publishing acquires first English language rights, and makes no limit on authors use of the story elsewhere. Copyright remains with the author in all instances.

6.    Authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology in eBook format of their choice– there is no cash payment for acceptance in this anthology.

7.    Send submissions as a word attachment .doc or .rtf

If you have any queries on these guidelines, or the collection itself, feel free to email Manuela Cardiga, Creative Director and Publisher, at manuelacardiga@wdapublishing.com

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E-readers may edge out traditional print, despite learning quality – Uganews – Mobile Adv

But a New Yorker article discussed the merits of traditional books against the drawbacks of e-readers and electronic devices in college classrooms.

“On screen, people tended to browse and scan, to look for keywords, and to read in a less linear, more selective fashion,” said Ziming Liu, one of the researchers referenced in the New Yorker article. “On the page, they tended to concentrate more on following the text.”

Konnikova’s article details additional issues with reading on digital platforms, including a decline in reading comprehension and the distractions of online reading.

But a number of benefits of e-readers, specifically those financial, may outweigh the negative issues mentioned in the New Yorker.

Affordable Learning Georgia is “a University System of Georgia initiative to promote student success by providing affordable textbook alternatives,” according to the ALG website.

Houston Davis, USG executive vice chancellor of academic affairs, said in a video on the ALG website that high costs of textbooks may prevent students from purchasing their required readings.

ALG services, like Galileo, provide professors with alternatives to expensive textbooks. With electronic options, students have access to media with fewer financial barriers.

“I know the digital versions are cheaper, so if that helps students, then it works for me,” said Josh Dix, an international affairs doctoral student who served as a teaching assistant for a POLS 1101 course.

But Dix also said he personally does not like digital versions of textbooks because he prefers physically holding a book as well as writing in margins and highlighting text with real writing utensils.

Nan McMurry, UGA Libraries director for collection development, said the library does not focus on offering digital versions of textbooks, but it does offer many e-book resources.

“The library has a collection of 332,000 e-books and electronic documents that include, but are not limited to, government publications, historical texts and contemporary mainstream books,” she said.

But the library still makes purchasing decisions that prioritize content over format, and there are limitations to the access of e-book and digital resources, McMurry said.

“Many things are technologically possible with e-books, but they don’t happen in reality because of cost and publisher restrictions,” she said. “For example, most people assume that an e-book can be accessed simultaneously by as many people as want to read it, but most of our library e-books are available to only one reader at a time, just like print.”

She also said e-books often cost the same amount as a traditional print books.

Despite the rising popularity of e-books, e-readers and other digital formats of books, McMurry said traditional print will not disappear overnight.

“It’s a much more gradual evolution, and it may never result in the complete extinction of print, so I don’t expect things to change much for the library over the next several years,” she said.

When asked if students prefer digital formats to traditional print, McMurry said that it’s about an even split.

UGA offers several resources for student access to e-books. The main library and the Science Library provide rental iPads, Kindles and laptops to students and faculty.

via E-readers may edge out traditional print, despite learning quality – Uganews – Mobile Adv.

4 Ways to Build Your Thought Leadership #eBooks


These are great for building your personal and professional brand. But they have to be handled correctly. You don’t want to write an ebook for the sake of writing one. The ebook should be well thought-out and should provide actionable solutions for common problems in your industry. You also don’t want to regurgitate simple solutions that have already been covered ad nauseum by others. Instead, give innovative solutions and really dig deep into your bag of tricks. Don’t fret that you’re giving away your secrets. Ideas are cheap. It’s in the execution of the ideas where the real value lies. So, give freely and your customers will return to you time and again for more knowledge or to have you perform your services for a fee.

via 4 Ways to Build Your Thought Leadership.