In my earlier posts on e-book formatting, I mentioned that I indicate POV shifts by creating an extra line and making the initial letter of the new section bolded and 2 points larger than the rest of the text. Well, recently I discovered that those lines don’t always show up on the reader’s device, and the bolding isn’t always as bold as I’d like it to be. This resulted in some confusion for one of my beta readers when he read the novel I’m getting ready to publish (The Wind And The Darkness) on his Nook.
The new section seemed to flow right from the old one, and I hadn’t written the POV shift clearly enough, either. Needless to say, that’s been fixed with a little sentence that strongly defined the new POV. But the formatting stuff was still problematic. I like POV shifts to be clear and obvious, so the reader never has to stop and think “okay, whose head am I in now?”
So, it’s back to using stars in between POV shifts. I still think it looks inelegant, but better that than have readers get confused.