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Themes & styles

Adapt the look at feel of your book to your writing.

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Written by Ash Davies
Updated over a week ago

Transform the look of headings, text and paragraphs by changing themes, then customize your book further with simple tools for styling and formatting text.

Book themes

Our six themes represent different styles and themes of writing. You are asked to pick a themes when you create a book from scratch. But if you uploaded a Word document, or simply want to try another themes out, you can.

Here's how to switch themes:

  • When inside your book, click Book Settings at the top.

  • You'll see six themes. Your current theme is highlighted.

  • Click the book page that has the theme you'd like, then Save & Continue.


The fonts in our themes are Dante and Proxima Nova.


  • Our serif font. Serif fonts are the traditional choice for books.

  • Serifs are small decorative details at the top and bottom of the main strokes of the letters.

  • It's believed these details help the eye travel along a line, reducing strain over long passages of text.

Proxima Nova

  • Our san serif typeface. Sans serif is a generic term for modern fonts in which there are no serifs.

  • Plain and easier to read, san serifs are best in books for younger readers or in reference books, such as cookbooks and business subjects.

  • Contemporary uses Proxima Nova for headings only. Combining font types creates contrast, making headings and sub-headings easier to scan for.

How do I choose?

  • Choose Traditional, Classic or Memoir for a book that can be read in long sitting, such as a novel, a memoir or a true-crime story.

  • Choose Modern for young adult fiction, or books that will be read in sections.

  • Choose Contemporary for books that need a clear heading hierarchy.

Paragraph styling

There are two main paragraph styles for books โ€” the indented paragraph, and the blocked and spaced paragraph. Your theme applies either style automatically.

Indented paragraphs

  • The first line of each paragraph is indented, except first lines after chapter titles, headings, dividers, images or lists.

  • Indents separate paragraphs visually, without disturbing the shape of text.

  • The "except after" rule creates a neat, square corner.

Block paragraphs

  • No indent on first lines.

  • Extra space is added between paragraphs to separate them visually.

  • Preferred in books when text should be scanned, or read in chunks.

How do I choose?

  • Choose Traditional, Classic or Memoir with an indented paragraph style for fiction, memoir, and books where a flow of reading matters.

  • Choose Modern or Contemporary with a block paragraph style for non-fiction, or to add a modern feel to your fiction writing.

Text styling

Tablo has many of the same text styling features you've come to expect from any word processor. Highlight any text to see this menu:

The usual shortcuts apply, like cmd/ctrl + b for bold and cmd/ctrl + i for italics.


Tablo supports styling using keyboard symbols. Here's a quick rundown of shortcuts:

While typing:

  • Type * on either side of your text to italicize.

  • Type ** on either side of your text to bold.

  • Type *** on either side of your text to bold and italicize.

At the beginning of a new line, try these:

  • Type * or - followed by space to create a bulleted list.

  • Type 1. followed by space to create a numbered list.

  • # followed by space to create an H1 heading.

  • ## followed by space to create an H2 sub-heading.

  • > followed by space to create a quote.

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