What Kind of Margins Should My eBook Have?

eBook margins

Updated June 2017.

What kind of eBook margins should you set up for your eBook? The short answer: small and uniform!

Unlike with print books, where the margin is bigger on the left or right-hand side of the page depending on which is nearest the spine, eBook margins should be the same on both sides of every page.

We generally recommend that you use .5″ all around. This will ensure that the reader can customize their reading experience without worrying about text loss. When your margins are larger, you risk your book looking like a receipt when it’s displayed on smaller screens.

In some cases margins will be selectable on the device, so the margins you’ve set will be overridden if the reader chooses to do so.

Also, be absolutely sure that all your margins are positive numbers. Negative margins will result in words getting cut off from your book.

Of course, you can make things easy on yourself and have BookBaby take care of your eBook conversion — or get our free PDF guide, “How to Prepare Your eBook Files” to answer all your eBook formatting questions.

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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