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Good eBook Design Tips


One of the first films was of a play taken from a good seat in a theatre. Films are much more than this. Some publishers want to have their eBooks to look as close to the original book as possible. At RHYW, we believe that slavishly trying to make the eBook look like the original publisher’s edition is not necessarily good eBook design. Formats that are attractive in hard copy and that sell well in hard copy may not be so attractive in eBooks.

At RHYW, we believe that good eBook design involves the following features:

  1. Future proof your eBook conversions so that you can optimize the eBook file for a particular eBook reader
  2. Make the eBook intuitive, predictable and easy to use on all readers.
  3. All information should be visible and obvious to someone scrolling through the book.
  4. Simple navigation.
  5. Add additional, intuitive navigation where possible to make the book as useful as you can for the reader.
  6. Omit obvious eye candy. Some books contain images that are made to make the book look pretty but have little or no information value. These images are called “eye candy”. It is usually a good idea to omit eye candy.
  7. Scalable images. All images should be scalable.
  8. Retain all useful structural information.
  9. Use explicit document structure.
  10. Internal Referencing within the book using print page numbers – will the eBook pass disability discrimination standards without this?

The good eBook design standards are changing as the technology evolves. For more information or to receive a quote, please contact our Regional Representatives
Australia and NZ – Margaret Howse (
UK and Europe – Support (
US and Canada – Bradi Grebien-Samkow (