EPUB Conversion: Paragraph Styles

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Paragraph Formats

To make your book an enjoyable reading experience, you should choose a single method for visually separating paragraphs. There are two common paragraph formats: first line indent or block paragraphs. Most works of fiction use first line indent while most non-fiction works use block paragraph style. Of course, there are exceptions, so you must choose what works best for your book.

Whatever style you choose, do not mix the two and do not use the Return key to add extra spaces between paragraphs. The EPUB converter will remove extra spaces, resulting in your eBook’s paragraphs having no separation. 

Example: First Line Indent Paragraph Style

     “Mr. Heathcliff?” I said.

     A nod was the answer.

     “Mr. Lockwood, your new tenant, sir. I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival, to express hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange: I heard yesterday you had had some thoughts—“

     The ‘walk in’ was uttered with closed teeth, and expressed the sentiment, ‘Go to the Deuce:’ even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathising movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation: I felt interested in a man who seemed more exaggeratedly reserved than myself. 

Example: Block Paragraph Style

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Set Your Paragraph Style

Once you decide how you want your paragraphs to look, modify the Normal text style to automatically apply these settings to your paragraphs. 

To modify the paragraph style:

  1. In the Styles menu, right-click on Normal.
  2. Select Modify from the resulting list.

  3. Click the Modify button (bottom left corner of the Modify Style window) and choose Paragraph from the resulting list.

For Block Paragraphs

  1. Under Indentation, select 0 inches for both Left and Right margins
  2. Select None from the Special drop-down list.
  3. Under Spacing enter 0pt in the Above field and your choice for spacing in the Below field. Try to keep your paragraph spacing between 4 and 10 pts.
  4. The Preview panel displays sample text as it will appear in your file.  
  5. Click OK to accept your modifications.

For First Line Indent Paragraphs

  1. Under Indentation, select First Line from the Special drop-down list
  2. Enter the amount of indentation you prefer in the By field. You should keep your indent between .25 and .3 inches.
  3. Under Spacing, enter 0pt in the Before and After fields.
  4. The Preview panel displays sample text as it will appear in your file.
  5. Click OK to accept your modifications.

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