Enhancing Your Book’s UX or Reader Experience

Coming from web design industry, I was familiar with the term UX (User Experience). It is commonly used primarily in web design industry, but for us at CaryPress, that term can be applied to both print and digital format books. If you are an author, here are a few tips so help improve your fans’ reading experience (RE).

1. Proper grammatical structure: A good book is a summation of good knowledge combined with good way of delivering it. Often I have found good books get unfair 1 or 2 star rating on Amazon due to typos or poor grammatical structure that could have been avoided had the author hired a professional editor.

From personal stand point, if my reading enjoyment is not derailed by noticing a grammatical mistake, I continue to enjoy a book. If a typo happens to catch people’s attention, it feels like the crunchy feeling you get if there happens to be a part of egg shell left in a yummy omelet.

2. Add some flair to the chapter page: ratio of space to text, fancy font style for the first letter of the word, even a nice visual treat, before after the chapter heading. All set a stage for readers’ imagination to soar.

3. Justification: it looks better to the eye. But make sure that the last lines do not have too much space, as that can have an opposite effect.

4. Table of content: should contain all chapters, including back and end content.

5. Uniformity of fonts styles, size and space between paragraphs. Do not use too many font styles ad sizes. Stick to 2-3 at the most.

6. Quotations should be separated fromm the main text by: font style, size, italicizing and or changing page margins, usually wider than the main text’s.

Author: Ivy Marsh

Words, if used right can align your spiritual, physical and emotional goals.

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