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Formatting your Book for Kindle

Kindle Check List Simplified Formatting Guide

 


This is a simplified guide to building Kindle Books using Microsoft Word, an application from the Microsoft Office Suite. You won't find confusing tech jargon or convoluted instructions in this guide, just the basics.

Building Your book

Word is a great tool to use because it's extremely easy to format. We suggest writing your book in Word or OpenOffice in converting an existing source file into Word (.doc) format before continuing. Remember these important tips below to ensure an excellent eBook presentation.

File Format: Save your content in DOC (or .doc) format, not RTF (.rtf) or DOCX (.docx) as the latter do not translate well to Kindle. Save your work periodically as you make changes to ensure all changes are recorded.

Layout: Use formatting indentations, bold characters, italics and headings, as they will translate into your Kindle book. However, bullet points, special fonts, headers, and footers and tabs will not be transferred, so be sure to avoid those.

Page Breaks: Enter a page break at the end of every chapter to prevent the text from running together. To insert a page break in MS Word, click "Insert" at the top menu bar and select "Page Break."

Image Placement: Images should be inserted in JPEG (or .jpeg) format with center alignment (don't copy and paste from another source). Select "Insert" > "Picture" > then locate and select the file. If your book has a lot of images, it can be viewed in color by readers using our free Kindle apps for PC, MAC, iPad, iPhone, and Android. Otherwise, remember that images on Kindle are displayed in 16 shades of gray for great contrast and clarity.

Spellcheck and Grammar: This tool is always your friend to ensure a professional presentation free of typos. Use this tool, but also manually proofread your file to ensure no errors are missed by the automated checker.

Creating Front Matter

Front matter is the beginning pages of a book, which may include a Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Preface, and Prologue. For a stylish and professional presentation, you should add a Title Page at a minimum.

Title Page: The title page should be centered with the title on top and Author Name underneath, like in the example below. Insert a page break.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Mark Twain

-Insert Page Break Here-


To insert a page break in Word, click "Insert" at the top menu bar and select "Page Break."

Copyright Page: This page normally follows the Title Page. Insert a page break after the Copyright details.

Dedication: If you have a customized Dedication, it should follow the Copyright page. Be sure to Insert a page break.

Preface: If you have a Preface, it should follow the Dedication. Be sure to Insert a page break.

Prologue: If your book includes a Prologue, it should follow the Preface. Be sure to Insert a page break.

Formatting Text

Once your front matter is complete, you're ready to format the remainder of your text. The indentations, text spacing, and separate paragraphs should have been included when you built your book in Word.

The remaining step is to insert a page break after the last sentence of each chapter in the book to prevent chapters from running together. Depending on the number of chapters you have, this may be a time-consuming process but the effort is worth the improved reading experience.

Paragraphs

Paragraph text displays with justified alignment by default. The first line of each paragraph is automatically indented.

To manually indent paragraphs in your content, don’t use tab-spacing. This will not convert for the Kindle. Instead, use the Word-default Paragraph Formatting to indent paragraphs. There are two ways in which you can indent paragraphs:

1. Click on “Page Layout”, and specify the amount of indentation in the “Indent” option.
2. Use the ruler at the top of the page to change the indentation. If you don’t see a ruler in your Word document, click on “View” and check the Ruler option.

You can also follow the guide here: http://www.ehow.com/how_4714418_indent-paragraphs-word-documents.html

Creating an Active Table of Contents

For digital books, page numbers don’t really apply. This is due to the fact that Kindle content is resizable, and the number of pages within the book changes as the text scales. It is highly recommended that your book has an active Table of Contents for easy navigation.

You can use Microsoft Word’s in-built Table of Contents creator to create an active TOC for your book. More information can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/285059

Guide Items

Kindle has the option to "Go To” the cover image, beginning and the Table of Contents of your book, anywhere from the content. These are defined by what is known as "Guide Items." To define the Guide Items, follow the below steps:

For the Cover Image:
Click on the cover image, then click on “Insert > Bookmark.” In the ‘Bookmark name:" field, type “cover” (without the quotes) and click "Add."

For the Beginning:
Place the cursor where you want the book to start, click on “Insert > Bookmark.” In the "Bookmark name:" field, type “Start” (without the quotes) and click "Add."

For the Table of Contents:
Place the cursor at the beginning of the first entry in the Table of Contents. Click on “Insert > Bookmark.” In the "Bookmark name:" field, type “TOC” (without the quotes) and click "Add."

Creating Back Matter

Back matter consists of the last pages in your book which provides additional information the reader should know about, such as Bibliographies, Appendices, Notes or Glossaries.

There isn't a specific order which back matter should be presented in, so use your judgment and be sure to insert page breaks after each section. Indexes are not recommended at this time.

Saving as Filtered HTML

Once you have inserted your page breaks and are confident with the layout of your book, save your Word file to your Documents folder or Desktop in Web Page, Filtered (*HTM & *HTML) format. This format is required to build a successful eBook.

When saving the Word file as HTML, all the images (if any) in the Word file will be extracted, and will be stored in a separate folder. This folder will be saved in the same location where the HTML file is saved.

Once this is done, you're ready to Send Your Files to Blue Feather Web and Publishing to have them converted once more to be readable and published to the Kindle Store for Sale!

 

Send your HTML folder files to BluFthr@aol.com and we will get started on them right away for you.  We have to  do a technical "Re-Build."   If you have Kindle Viewer on Your computer which you can download, we will send you the final rebuild of your book to review.  At this time we will also need your "Sales Pitch Blurb"  which will be the description of the book.  What buyers will see on Amazon to make them buy your book.  When you OK your book and your synopsis, we will then publish it to Kindle and in a short time your book will be selling on KINDLE!

Using the Kindle Previewer to Read Your eBook

Kindle Previewer is a tool which emulates how a book displays on the Kindle device and other Kindle enabled devices such as the iPad or iPod. Use it to view how your text will appear and to identify areas which may require further modification.

Kindle Previewer can be downloaded here. Once installed, open the application, click "File" and then "Open Book" to browse and select your eBook.

If you determine further changes to your book are required, write us with your changes and we will get right on it, there is not need to send us the file back.  We will then make the edits to your specs, rebuild your book and send it back to you.  

Uploading Your eBook For Sale on Amazon

Once you're satisfied with the quality and presentation of your book, we will upload your book to Kindle.  Your book will appear for sale on the Kindle Store approximately 24 hours after we have uploaded it and Published it.  Within 48 to 72 hours, all of your other book features should be available on the detail page on Amazon, such as the product description and links to related physical editions.

 

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