Using 2 different fonts for Compiling into E-Book

Hi there, Hoping someone can help.

My book is comprised of two scenes: ones that takes place in “reality” and ones that takes place in another “dimension/realm/plane.” To better help the reader in differentiating those two places, I have the ones in “reality” with a serif font and the other scenes in a sans serif font.

How would I accomplish this by compiling into an ebook?

I first thought Okay, no problem, I’ll make Chapters into folders, then have the scenes in the other dimension be a split level from the reality scenes and then when I’m compiling, have those pages be in a different font. (I haven’t looked into embedding fonts yet, I think I’ll still have to do that.)

So here’s a screen shot of what I did Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 9.42.59 AM.png

As you can see from the compiling picture, the Q scenes which are supposed to be san serif is on the same level as the Title Page and Copyright page. How do I make them level 2? I figured if I make level 2 be the sans serif font, all my troubles are over but how?? Please tell me also if my assumption is wrong, that making the Q scenes be level 2 doesn’t solve anything.

Thanks so much!

The user chooses the font in an ebook. The author/publisher cannot fix the font face.

Embedded fonts can be used: See this article

Firstly: You may just want to mark the Title and Copyright pages to compile “As-Is” (see the contents pane for those check-boxes). That will prevent Scrivener from messing with their formatting at all, and will also supresss the “Chapter ONE” prefixes and the “Title Page” titles from showing up at the beginning of the output for those pages.

Secondly (and long-windedly); In the binder, you have a number of ‘levels’ of folders and files that make this discussion a little ambiguous, depending on your settings in the Contents pane. If you chose “Book 1: A slice of Quietude” from the drop-down list in that pane, and checked the box that makes that folder effectively ‘level 0’, the way the Manuscript folder is often treated, then the following is true of the visible binder contents:

Your levels are…
Level 1 documents/folders: Title, Copyright, Part 1.
Level 2 documents/folders: Chapter 1
Level 3 documents/folders: Mat. Scene 1.1, M Scene 1.2, M Scene 1.3
Level 4 documents/folders: Q Scene 1.1, Q Scene 1.2

If you didn’t choose “Book 1: A …” from the Contents pane’s drop-down, then you can add 1 to the levels listed above.

The reason that all of those binder documents are highlighted in yellow for “Level 1+” is because there are no “Level 2+” rows in the Formatting pane. Click the + button to add another few levels, and you’ll begin to see how the levels pan out (you can always delete all but the level 1 rows, btw). You’ll also notice that the ‘stack’ of documents icon in the binder is only affected by ‘stack’ of documents rows in the compile’s Formatting pane.

Note that you’ll always have to have the M scenes at level 3, and ALWAYS have Q scenes at level 4 in order for your schema to work, since you can’t arbitrarily change the ‘single document’ icon to a ‘stack’ icon. I really wish there was a way to apply a given icon to a file in order for the Compile settings to treat those files differently than files with other icons, but there isn’t. (EDIT: If you want to force a level 3 “M” scene to have a ‘stack’ icon, add a blank document “under” it, then un-check that blank document’s “include in compile” checkbox in the inspector to prevent it from affecting your output.)

BUT… (This is about to get pretty turvy-topsy, so look away if the above seems confusing)


If you convert your part 1 and chapter folders to files, and your “M” scenes to folders, then un-indent the “Q” scenes so they’re at the same level with the M’s (just to simplify the binder layout), then you can more easily make the formatting of each scene conform to your preferred schema. You’ll have to completely customize the compile settings in the Formatting pane, as that’s not the default way of doing things AT ALL, but if you really dig into it, and stop thinking of the folder icons as containers, and rather as “M Scenes”, then it should all work out. This will work because all folders and files are essentially the same, for purposes of compiling, which is why you can check “text” checkbox in the folder row of Formatting.


Wow, thanks. I think I actually understood that.

Seek help immediately. :laughing:

Even with embedded fonts, the user can override the font in a reflowable ebook. Fixed layout books are different (used for children’s picture books etc). Personally, I would never read an ebook novel with a fixed layout/font: I expect to be able to choose the font face (always serif for me) and size.

As Briar Kit noted, users can still override the author/publisher’s font choices.

Also, Scrivener is not capable of embedding fonts. The basic reason is that fonts are copyrightable. L&L would have to acquire (and pay royalties for) appropriate rights for every font that we wanted to make available for embedding.