How to format drop caps into your ebook

In paperbacks, drop caps are a nice touch giving your book a professional, sophisticated appearance. Unfortunately, those drop caps don’t translate well to ebooks, especially Kindle. 

The main problem is that Kindle’s software doesn’t support text wrapping features, so the text won’t fit around larger font-sizes or pictures of capital letters. Instead, the drop cap either loses its larger font size or appears out of place. In addition, any graphic or photo that you use which includes a capital letter won’t resize if the reader changes the font size of the letters on their ereader.

This is not to say that you can’t have drop caps – just that you are somewhat limited in what you can do with them.

For example, you make the first letter of a line slightly larger than the rest of the letters in a paragraph simply by adding some coding that makes. Specifically, if the first word of your sentence were Imagine, you would add this code:

<p class=”first”><strong><big><big><big>I</big></big></big></strong>magine 

At the end of the paragraph, you’ll need to add this tag:

</p>

This then makes the “I” or the first letter of your sentence boldface and slightly larger than the rest of the text and allows it to resize should a reader change the displayed text’s font size.

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My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.