E-Book Formatting Faux Pas

If you don’t know by now, I am a voracious reader. See the Books I’ve Read in Bed tab? I’ve read all those book this year. All of them. Don’t feel like counting? There’s 62 of them.

What’s my point? Well besides being an obvious braggart, I would like to say that I’m not really a picky reader. But I do have my peeves. I just learned that one of them, when it comes to e-books, is formatting.

Here are a couple of things I’ve seen among some of the books I’ve read recently:

  • Copyright/Dedication page bleeding into the first page of the novel
  • Chapters not starting on a new page
  • Whole chapters being in italics/bold faceĀ (for no reason, of course)
  • Odd spacing
  • Weird “raised words” (they look like exponents in math, but letters)

My question for you guys is, why does this happen? I know you can pay someone to format your novel for you, but are the above errors the result of DIYing it? I’m borderline OCD, so if my novel comes out looking like that, despite the certainly awesome content, I’ll lose my mind all over the place. As in, microscopic pieces of my mind floating throughout the atmosphere for all of eternity.

Please weigh in. Any information and all similar complaints are welcome.