How To Write A User Friendly Ebook

How To Write A User Friendly Ebook



Right now, someone, somewhere will be embarking on the writing of​ an​ eBook. Why? Some do it​ to​ make some money; it’s one of​ the easiest ways to​ start an​ online business.

Others do it​ to​ share information they may have for those in​ similar financial, social or​ medical situations; maybe you want to​ share how you beat cancer or​ how you got out of​ debt.
Whatever your reason, there are some basic rules to​ consider that will make the final product more professional and. So, let look at​ some of​ them.

Anyone that embarks on writing an​ eBook will undoubtedly have read many as​ well. You will know from this that you must write in​ an​ appealing way that maintains the reader’s attention. After all, you want them to​ read ALL your eBook don’t you? Plus, you’ll want them to​ come back for more if​ you are building an​ online business.

There are many tricks you can use to​ keep your readers’ attention.

Anecdotes give practical examples of​ what you are trying to​ explain. These give readers confidence that what you are saying really does work. They are also a​ great way of​ explaining complicated topics.

Images are also a​ powerful tool. They can make topics clearer and they will stick in​ a​ reader’s mind longer than 5000 words of​ text. They also break the eBook up and give the reader “markers” to​ parts that interest them.

Note-boxes or​ sidebars are also good for summarizing a​ point or​ providing additional information. Like images, they break the text up and make the reading experience more enjoyable.

Write in​ a​ conversational style so the reader feels that you are talking just to​ them. This way they feel that they are the only one benefiting from your information and that makes it​ more valuable to​ them.

Don’t write long sentences or​ paragraphs. They become difficult to​ read and detract from the experience. Your eBook is​ more likely to​ be put down and not picked up again.

You should also change the length of​ your paragraphs and sentences so you don’t send your readers to​ sleep. Blocks of​ text that are all the same length will lose the reader’s attention and you’ll be lucky of​ they are awake by Page 10!

We mentioned earlier the use of​ images as​ a​ way of​ breaking up text. it​ may be that you can’t use images to​ any great extent; but there are other tricks.

A very powerful one is​ the use of​ numbered and bulleted lists. Even with the most basic of​ word-processing programs you can include different types of​ bullets and even use custom pictures as​ bullet icons. These make your topic easier for the reader to​ absorb and also to​ give them a​ mental break from blocks of​ text.

Finally, think about the design of​ your eBook. Select a​ font that's easy to​ read, and stick to​ it. You may be tempted to​ change fonts as​ a​ way of​ trying to​ make it​ more interesting. Don’t. All it​ does is​ confuse your readers and they will switch-off.

I recommend either one and a​ half or​ double line spacing. Spacing the lines too far apart make it​ difficult for the reader to​ track where they are. Too close makes it​ dull.

Also, choose a​ font size that is​ in​ proportion to​ the line spacing you are using. You can get away with a​ larger font (say 14 point) with 1.5 line spacing but 8 point will look weird. Experiment with different combinations to​ find one that suits you but remember - what looks OK on the screen may look dreadful in​ print. Think about how your readers are probably going to​ read the final eBook (most print PDF eBooks – the idea of​ the paperless world is​ myth!).

Lastly, add page numbers and a​ header to​ each page with the title of​ your eBook. I’ve lost count of​ the number of​ times I have been infuriated by the number of​ eBooks that don’t have page numbers. Also, adding a​ title in​ the header is​ a​ good way of​ reminding the reader what they are reading and who wrote it. Don’t overcrowd headers and footers but use them wisely to​ give branding to​ the eBook (your company name or​ web address if​ you sell online).

Most importantly, don't forget to​ do a​ proper spelling and grammar check. You can even go to​ somewhere like elance.com and get someone to​ proof read it​ for you (for a​ fee). It’s worth it​ to​ end up with a​ credible eBook.

Like it​ or​ not, you and your topic will be judged by the standard of​ spelling and punctuation. Don’t shortcut on quality for fear of​ some criticism. It’s better to​ find out before it​ is​ published.

That's it! By following the simple steps above you have just written your eBook. All that is​ left for you to​ do is​ publish it​ online and get visitors to​ your website so they can read it. But those topics are a​ whole new ball-game and best left for another day.




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