In order for your printed products to be available on iPhones, iPads, tablets, Kindles, smart phones, and other mobile devices, you will want to convert them to an eBook format. If you already store content separate from presentation it will be fairly easy to add eBooks to your product lineup.
You have less control over how your materials are presented on an eBook reader compared to traditional text. The diagram below “eBook Limitations” points out some of the traditional print features that you will lose when moving to most eBook formats. (No custom headers, No custom fonts, No custom footers, No text in margins, and no pagination control).
One of the major decisions is what to do with your margin content. You will need to decide if the information in the margin is necessary and if so, find another place for it. For example, if glossary definitions are in the margin you can move them in-line to the end of the chapter. Or, if “Helpful Tips” are in the margin, you can move them up to below the chapter title, or after the introductory paragraph.
Something else to take a look at is if your content refers to page numbers. This does not work in eBook because every reader will paginate your content differently. Instead of instructions like “Refer to diagram 17c on page 239”, use something like “Refer to diagram: ‘Food Pyramid’” and remember to place the diagram close to where it is referenced.
These are some of the more significant limitations that you will encounter when moving to an eBook format. Please look forward to future posts that will dive deeper into this topic. If you have any questions or advice from personal eBook experiences please leave a comment or email me.