Scrivener Quick Tip: Building an eBook Part 6

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Scrivener LogoMy Scrivener Quick Tips are a weekly series (usually) and take a look at features from the Mac version of Scrivener, v 2.3.1. If you are using the Windows version of Scrivener, not all of these features are available to you at this time, and the screen shots might look different. As always, clicking on a screenshot will open it up for a larger view.


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I’ve been looking at how to build an eBook using Scrivener.

Today, I want to talk about the Formatting Tab in Compile.

The default for the Formatting Tab in Compile is shown here in Fig 1:

Fig 1

Fig 1

You’ll notice you have levels starting with a Folder at Level 1+.  Clicking any of the levels changes the editor in the lower right quadrant as seen in Fig 2 & 3 below:

 

Fig 2

Fig 2

Fig 3

Fig 3

Note that the toolbar is grayed out in all three screenshots above.  Here’s a close up in Fig 4:

 

Fig 4

Fig 4

Clicking in the editor opens up the toolbar (Fig 5, 6 & 7):

Fig 5

Fig 5

Fig 6

Fig 6

Fig 7

Fig 7

Here is where you can make changes to how your eBook’s text is formatted.  As an example, in Fig 6 above, if your eBook is setup to have a Chapter Heading and Title, like The Wheel of Time (as I discussed in Part 1), you might have: Chapter 1: An Empty Road, and could format that text here.  Checking or unchecking the boxes will add or remove the text associated with those levels.  If your Titles are for you alone, uncheck the box and watch the Title go away.

You could also add or delete Levels by clicking the buttons in the upper right hand corner, just above the last row of boxes(Fig 8):

Fig 8

Fig 8

You also have text presets similar to what you would see in any other wordprocessor (Fig 9):

Fig 9

Fig 9

We already talked about Section Layouts – specifically Title and Prefix in Part 1.  Also in Section Layouts is Title Appearance (Fig 10):

Fig 10

Fig 10

Here, you can (you guessed it!) change how your Titles appear in your eBook.  You have a lot of options to play with here and I think it will all come down to trial and error on your part, and personal preferences, to figure out what you like and don’t like.

Next, you have First Page (Fig 11):

 

Fig 11

Fig 11

If you want your Chapters to begin with the first word in ALL CAPS, here is where you can set that feature.  Again, this is a personal preference and you’ll want to play around a little bit to see what does and doesn’t work for you.

Here’s something to remember – if you play around with these settings and find a configuration you like, and then you don’t finish the Compile, and don’t save your settings in a custom preset, everything you’ve done will go away.  Just FYI.

Okay – that’s it for this week.  More next week so stay tuned! :)


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1 comment for “Scrivener Quick Tip: Building an eBook Part 6

  1. February 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

    The compile step is incredibly powerful and one area where I often confuse myself needlessly. Thanks for an informative post that should be of great help to me in the future.
    John

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