Make sure there are no partially bolded or italicized words. Every letter in a word should be either all bolded, all italicized, or all normal.

   Example: “Bold” should be “Bold

Sometimes the scanner can cause incorrect bolding and italics, such as if a book is pressed down too hard on the scanner.


  • Incorrect: Today it was "sit" and "roll over," all day long.
  • Correct: Today it was "sit" and "roll over," all day long.

General rules to follow:

  • If you wouldn’t emphasize a word when speaking aloud, it probably should not be in bold or italics
  • If bolding or italics appear partway through a sentence, it most likely should be removed
  • Whole pages should almost never be entirely in bold or italics
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