Ebooks work like old-fashioned webpages.  What goes on behind the scenes is just one big long scrolling webpage. This means that “pages,” as we think of them, are an illusion.  There are no pages in ebooks.  The illusion of pages is created by careful conversion and by the eBook-reading devices.

Experienced eBook formatters know how to use coding to provide the appearance of page breaks before Chapters, and white space to show scene breaks. 

Footnotes can't be put at the bottom of a “page,” like we do in print, because there are no pages.  Therefore there is no “bottom of a page.”  But you can put your footnotes as endnotes to your chapter or to the book, whichever you prefer.  Sometimes, if there are only a very few notes in the whole book, you might like to just use a bracketed number right there in the sentence. [1]Like this, to cite the footnote. We can do whatever you like best. 

To make using endnotes or footnotes easy, we create two-way links.  The reader clicks the superscripted number2 link in the narrative text--and then is "jumped" to the footnote.  After reading the footnote, she simply clicks the footnote number to be taken back to the location in the text from which she jumped.  On many devices, there is also simply a "back" button that serves the same purpose--to take the reader back to where she was in the narrative flow.  Easy to use!

You can see some examples of what "pop-up footnotes" (footnotes that do display on the same page as the superscripted or annotated note number--some devices have that capability) look like in the Complex Layouts Gallery (look for the Demand of Blood pages).    

 

T'was the Night Before Christmas... 

 (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, may he forgive my doggerel...)

...and all through the shop,
all we minions were working,
   until ready to drop.

The ebooks were flying,
the covers were spare,
The edits were crazy,
   with "one more thing I must share!"

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old Saint Nick,
But Hitch made us work,
   Waving 'round an old stick!

So slave we all did,
And made all your books,
So that Hitch would say now,
   that we're off the hook.

Come today we're off,
to rest up our fingers,
Our hats we will doff,
   No books they do linger.

But we'll all be back,
Don't give it a thought,
for like all wage slaves,
   we're easily bought.

We'll be back on the fifth,
all eager and fresh,
All ready for you,
   after a well-deserved rest.

So Hitch wants to say,
very strongly and loud,
THANKS ALL YOU GUYS,
  you're the best type of crowd.

Indy and Len and Hitch and the gang,
will be back on the 5th,
to do books with a BANG!

In the meantime don't worry,
if you're in a hurry,
'cuz some poor guy got stuck
   sitting here like a duck.

Your emails we'll receive,
so no need to grieve.
We'll be a bit slow,
but we're raring to go.

Your books will be worked on,
your edits still made,
we're just resting a bit,
   before we all fade.

So please excuse the delays;
It won't be for days;
we'll jump on your queries,
   for your wondrous new series.

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old St. Nick,
And sure 'nuff he came,
   It wasn't a trick.

And as he rode off,
into the night,
I could swear I heard Hitch yell,
   "That Edit's Not Right!"

~~~~~~~~~~

We'll be back on the morning of January 5th; we'll be here parttime between now and then, thanks.