Ebook Compile results in one long document, chapters not separated

Hello Everyone

I think have read just about every tutorial there is and I can’t seem to get this to work. My novel consists of an Introduction, a Prologue and twelve chapters. I have a different folder for each body of text, each one called Chapter, with the text inside that folder. I have created a book cover, and all the meta data is completed. When compile for an ebook, it becomes one long document. None of the chapters are separated individually. Also, the compile produces text that totally ignores the white space between paragraphs, making it totally unreadable.

What am I doing wrong? How can I produce an ebook that looks like a book instead of a 200 page Word document? I simply want to produce an end result that has a beginning and end to each body of text that is clearly delineated just as you would find in an actual book instead of one long document.

Can anyone help with this? I have tried at least two dozen times.

Many thanks to anyone who can help



I compiled a very long doctoral thesis last year: introduction, 23 chapter, and so on. I have just looked at the Compile dialog box to see how it looks. You need to begin this process by clicking on the blue Down arrow on the right of the Format As… dropdown. This reveals the detailed controls.

  1. In the Contents section I have every section I will use marked as Use.
  2. Every time I want a page break before a section I have the Pg Break Before checkbox checked.
  3. In the Separators section I have Text Separator as Empty Line; and all the others as Page Break.

That should be enough to stop it looking like a single text file :slight_smile:


My goodness, Thank you for your help. I was really struggling with it. Though not yet perfect, your suggestions worked beautifully. Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it. It’s going to take me some time to get this software down, but I’ll get there.

Thanks again.