If you would like to offer your readers the option of downloading a PDF of your novel (or just an excerpt) you may want to format a version to suit e-readers. The most common screen display size is 6 inches diagonal (152mm). This equates to roughly 3 inches by 5 inches (82mm by 120mm).
Most e-readers are able to adjust, though, to suit a variety of page sizes and font and spacing options, so keep it straightforward and uncluttered.
Word 2007: Page Layout Tab, Size, More Page Sizes...
Enter new width and height values under “Paper Size” in the Page Setup Dialog Box (Paper tab).
Word 2003: File, Page Setup, Paper Tab
With such a small page area you will need to adjust the margins to allow more room for the text.
An easy option is to select Narrow Margins from the Margins drop-down menu.
Or select Custom Margins... and enter a smaller value for each of the options of Top, Bottom, Left, and Right margins in the Page Setup, Margins Dialog Box.
Word 2003: File, Page Setup, Margins Tab
Another adjustment you may require is of the header and footer width if you add page numbers.
Double-click the page number.
Word 2007: Design Tab (under Header and Footer Tools). Reduce the value under “Header from Top” and “Footer from Bottom”.
Word 2003: File, Page Setup, Layout Tab
Ready, Set, Publish
If you have Word 2007 or 2010 you have a built-in PDF creator. Click Office Button (or File in Word 2010), Save As, PDF or XPS, Publish.
Most e-readers support PDF files, so there you have an easy way to share your writing with your readers right at your fingertips.
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