format of chapters & book
The book should be easy to read.
If an innovative or non-traditional format will make the it easier for readers to quickly grasp the points, the book should not be constrained by genre conventions.
Should each chapter have an abstract?
Should each chapter have a list of the other chapters that are inter-related?
Should chapter outlines be available online?
To what extent should chapters have sub-headings?
Should the end of the chapter have a list of main points? Should there be questions for discussion? (These techniques are used in textbooks, by why not use them in other non-fiction?)
Should thesis sentences of paragraphs be italicized? Some traditionalists may consider this a base concession to the Cliff’s Notes generation. But what harm does it do?
Should cartoons be included to illustrate the main points? Again some traditionalists may consider this an affront to what serious prose should look like. Will the illustrations reenforce the prose? Good cartoons can draw a casual reader into the prose.
I also want to make maximum use of bullet points, tables and graphs.