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Scrivener For Dummies by Gwen Hernandez

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Exporting for E-Books

Thinking of self-publishing? Want to do a read-through of your manuscript on your Nook? Maybe your critique partner wants to read your next chapter on her Kindle.

Scrivener has you covered with output options for ePub (Nook, iPad, Sony, and other popular e-readers) and MOBI (Kindle) formats. During the compile process, Scrivener even generates a table of contents, including all items that have a section break (for example, a page break before a new chapter).

Compiling for ePub

ePub is the most popular format for non-Kindle e-books, and it’s compatible with most e-reader devices and desktop reading software programs. Follow these steps to create an EPUB file from your manuscript:

1. Choose FileCompile.

The Compile window opens.

2. If necessary, click All Options to see the compilation options tabs.

On a Windows PC, click the Expansion button.

3. Select E-Book from the Format As drop-down list.

The Compile For output type changes to ePub eBook (.epub), and the relevant compilation options tabs appear along the left side of the Compile window.

4. In the Contents tab, choose the content to include (as outlined in Chapter 12).

5. Adjust the other options, as desired.

See Chapter 12 for more on compile options.

Some key options tabs that you may want to make adjustments in are Separators (to add transitions between item types), Cover (because readers will judge it), Formatting (to determine the format of titles and text), Layout (if you want an additional ...

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