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How can I use the Reedsy Book Editor?

How can I change my book title?

So, you’ve created your book in the Reedsy Book Editor and you now want to change your book title? Not a problem! Click on “My Books”, then hit “Manage” next to the book whose title you want to change.

Select “Book Settings” on the left-hand side of your screen and click on the title itself. This will make a cursor appear, letting you edit the book title, the subtitle, and the synopsis.

How can I add an image?

Click on the “+” button at the top right corner. A bar with different options will appear where you can select “Image” and add the file directly from your computer. You can also drag and drop images directly into the interface.

Add an image to your book
All images added will be sized in the same way and cannot be adjusted. This ensures that images look consistent on all e-readers and printed copies.

How can I add the front matter (dedication, contents table, etc.)?

We have designed a beautiful and easy-to-use sidebar where you can add dedications, epigraphs, foreword, preface, and acknowledgments into your front matter. Click “Edit” and you will have the option of adding any of those sections to your book.

Front matter

All the sections that are marked green are the ones that will show up in the exported file. Click on the green button to disable any section that you want to remove.

Bear in mind that the copyright page can not be disabled. It includes a tiny bit of credit to the Reedsy Book Editor, and that’s the only requirement we have for authors to use this free formatting tool.

How can I hide chapter numbers and endnotes?

When you’re exporting your book, you’ll have the option to hide the chapter numbers in the “Formatting options” as shown in the screenshot below:

Hide chapter numbers

Regarding endnotes, you’ll have two options:

To put them at the end of the relevant page; and
To collect them all in a chapter at the end of the book.

End notes

Small detail: when you choose to have your endnotes at the end of the page, they will appear as footnotes in the print version of your book, and at the end of the chapter in your ebook version.

If you do not wish to have any notes in your book, simply leave the notes blank and that section will not appear in your exported book.

How can I add page breaks on the Reedsy Book Editor?

You can add a page break by adding a new chapter or splitting a chapter. To split a chapter, go to the sidebar on the right-hand side of your screen and click on the scissors icon.

Please bear in mind that there shouldn’t be any need to add page breaks in your manuscript besides chapter breaks. The size of a page will vary wildly across different e-reader screen sizes, and PDF trims, so it’s impossible to guarantee specific page layouts.

How can I change chapter titles?

To change chapter titles on the Book Editor, you need to click on the titles in your manuscript rather than the ones on the sidebar. If you have already named your chapters before, just delete the ones you want to change and type in your new titles!

Please refer to the image below on how to change chapter titles:

However, you can not remove chapter titles (if you don’t name them they default to number titles). This is because each entry in a table of contents must have a title, and the reading experience on e-readers is much better with a good table of contents.

If you really want to remove your chapter titles, you can move all of the content to the back matter — titles are not compulsory in the back matter. Note that, as a result, these chapters will not be numbered either.

The copyright page can not be disabled.

Our tool is completely free to use, and this tiny bit of acknowledgement is the only thing we ask from authors in exchange for the formatting functions the Editor provides.

If you are not able to achieve the customization that you want on the Reedsy Book Editor, you can always send a request to one of our designers for interior layout design.

How can I export my book on the Reedsy Book Editor?

To export your book, please follow these instructions carefully:

Go to My Books from the left sidebar of your Reedsy dashboard;
Click on the "Manage" button for the book that you want to export;
On the next screen, go to the right sidebar of your screen and click the downward arrow;
Select the formatting and export settings that you want, then click on “EXPORT BOOK.”

You will receive an email with a zip file containing the files of the formats that you chose at the export settings screen.

I'd like a Word file back up of my book!

To export your manuscript to a Word file, follow these steps:

Go to My Books from the sidebar of your Reedsy dashboard;
Click the "Manage" button for the book you want to export.
Click on “Export” on the left-hand sidebar.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "BACK UP" button. This will send a link to your email address which you can download your manuscript as a Word file to your computer.

How do I change the font style and size on the Reedsy Book Editor?

You may choose small, medium or large for your book's font size, and you may also choose a different font theme as well. But we do not offer further size or style customization at this time.

We do some tricky maths when creating a PDF, which makes it hard to change font sizes. We’ve picked a size for print that meets industry standards so your book is in good hands. (Keep in mind that books for specific audiences, like children’s books, will typically follow different conventions.)

To adjust the size or theme of your font, please click the settings cogwheel icon at the bottom-right corner.

How can I change the indentation in my book?

Our indentation is set up to reflect industry standards for fiction.

We have a set of default indentation rules designed to make exported books look as professional as possible — and so that you don’t have to worry about book formatting! All paragraphs after a double line break will start outdented, and all paragraphs following that will be indented.

If you really want to remove indentation, you can use soft breaks (Shift + Enter).

If you need sections of text outdented, you should be using block quotes (which can also have soft breaks inside them, if needed). You can format a section of the text in block quotes by highlighting said section to get text formatting options, then clicking on the quotation mark icon.

Is it possible to restore/undo changes?

To undo/restore changes recently made to your manuscript, you can press Ctrl+Z for Windows, or ⌘+Z for Mac.

You can also restore old versions of your book by using the “Writing Timeline” tool (the clock icon) found on the right-hand sidebar of your screen. There you can see day-by-day changes you’ve made to the manuscript and thereby select the one you want to restore.

To learn more about the Book Editor, read our comprehensive guide here.

Updated on: 09/28/2022

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