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Formatting Text

Once your front matter is complete, you’re ready to format the remainder of your text. The indentations, text spacing, and separate paragraphs should have been included when you built your book in Word. 

The remaining step is to insert a page break after the last sentence of each chapter in the book to prevent chapters from running together. Depending on the number of chapters you have, this may be a time-consuming process but the effort is worth the improved reading experience. 

Paragraphs

Paragraph text displays with justified alignment by default. The first line of each paragraph is automatically indented. 

To manually indent paragraphs in your content, don’t use tab-spacing. This will not convert for the Kindle. Instead, use the Word-default Paragraph Formatting to indent paragraphs. There are two ways in which you can indent paragraphs: 

1. Click on “Page Layout”, and specify the amount of indentation in the “Indent” option. 
2. Use the ruler at the top of the page to change the indentation. If you don’t see a ruler in your Word document, click on “View” and check the Ruler option. 

You can also follow the guide here: http://www.ehow.com/how_4477948_set-first-line-indent-microsoft.html 
  

Creating an Active Table of Contents

For digital books, page numbers don’t really apply. This is due to the fact that Kindle content is resizable, and the number of pages within the book changes as the text scales. It is highly recommended that your book has an active Table of Contents for easy navigation. 

On a PC, you can use Microsoft Word’s in-built Table of Contents creator to create an active TOC for your book. More information can be found here:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/285059 

On a Mac, you’ll need to create a Table of Contents manually using the Hyperlink and Bookmark functions. 

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