Table of Contents
- 1 Learning How to Format an eBook for Kindle
- 2 What you will need to complete this exercise:
- 3 Getting Started by Pre-Formatting Your Manuscript
- 4 KINDLE MONEY MASTERY – YOUR GIFT FOR READING AND FINISHING THIS POST!
- 5 A FREE Video Reveals: Step-by-step video training program for making money with Kindle publishing.
Learning how to format an eBook for Kindle is much easier that you think. They say the best way to learn is by following in the footsteps of those who have done it before. Hi there and welcome to my blog, I can promise that you have come to the right place. I have done this before and actually published my own eBook on Amazon before. If you would like to find out about my publication, simply visit the about page on this blog for more details.
Let us get back to the real reason why you are here:
Learning How to Format an eBook for Kindle
Writing Your eBook
I hope I am right in assuming that you have already written an eBook and simply need to get it in the right format before publishing it on Amazon Kindle. If not, worry not as I have already prepared the most comprehensive post on how to write an eBook for free and publish on Amazon. The link to the post is available within this post towards the end. As I mentioned earlier, I have done this before; you therefore have nothing to worry about as far as getting your eBook published is concerned.
What you will need to complete this exercise:
- Assuming that you already have your eBook manuscript written somewhere, you will need to copy it to Microsoft Word 2003 or higher for proper Kindle formatting. I can’t remember exactly where I learned how to do this, otherwise I would simply provide you with a link to the relevant site.
- You will most definitely need an Internet connection and I will explain why in the next few minutes.
- Well, I really don’t know whether I should be mentioning this as having an Amazon account is simply mandatory. 🙂 You want to publish on Amazon Kindle don’t you?
- Lastly, you will need an Internet browser such as Mozilla Firefox. You are more than welcome to use whichever one you prefer.
Getting Started by Pre-Formatting Your Manuscript
It’s of utmost importance that your initial step before writing is setting up your formatting using the “Styles and Formatting” option available in Microsoft word. You have to do this in order for Kindle to know exactly how you want your eBook to be displayed. Assuming that you already have your manuscript ready, I will now show you how to apply these settings below.
STEP 1 – HOW TO SET UP YOUR HEADINGS
You must have already noticed that I have also used headings and sub-headings in this post to make it easier for you to read and understand. This is exactly what you need to do with your eBook. You don’t want your eBook to simply look like a sea of words.It’s an extremely easy task to include headings and sub-headings in your eBook since Word already have all of this ready for you to use.
- It is best to display Chapter Titles formatted as Heading 1 or H1 tag.
- Display Section Titles formatted as Heading 2 or H2 tag.
- Display Sub- section Titles formatted as Heading 3 or H3 tag.
I would advise not to temper with the font styles for these tags as they will automatically be converted by Amazon to Kindle readers’ standard eBook fonts once your eBook is published and live. Their default font style is Arial. It’s also important to note that Kindle Fire uses a wide range of font styles for headings and sub-headings other than Arial. Therefore, if you would like to format your heading fonts to match any specific font (Arial, Caecilia, Courier, Georgia, Lucida, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS or Verdana) used by Kindle Fire, you might need to format your heading fonts as shown below.
I have tried my best to enlarge the different steps above as show with images below.
The above image will show up when you click on the small arrow below the “Change Styles” button as shown.
This window below is what will show up after you click the “modify button” as shown on step 3 in the image above.
What I have explained above may be slightly different from what you will experience depending on the version of Word you’ll be using but if you understand this, it should also be easy to do using your installed version of Microsoft Word.
STEP 2 – HOW TO SET UP YOUR SPACINGS OR INDENTS – SEE IMAGE BELOW
As shown in the image above, simply set this to 1,27. Don’t ask me how I know this, just do it as I have already done all the research for you. 🙂
STEP 3 – CHOOSE A STANDARD BODY FONT
As I explained with titles and headings above, this is entirely up to you. Simply format your body font as you like. You will have to highlight all your body content font to change this if you already had a manuscript written elsewhere before. Otherwise, simply do this and start writing your eBook. If you need help on how to write an eBook for free and publish on Amazon (link opens in a new tab/window), simply use this link and read one of my previous posts.
STEP 4 – HOW TO UPLOAD YOUR E-BOOK TO KINDLE FOR PUBLISHING
This is the last step before you can have your eBook published on Amazon Kindle. It should take you less than three minutes but you need to follow these steps as laid out below. Before you start, make sure that you have saved your eBook in Word. The only thing left to do is save it again as a different format which Kindle accepts. This format is called Filtered HTML.
How to save your eBook in Filtered HTML format in less than three minutes.
Simply go to File, Save as, instead of saving your file as Word format, simply choose “Web page” file format as shown below.
STEP 5 – UPLOADING YOUR E-BOOK TO KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING
To upload your finished eBook, simply head over to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and log in with your Amazon username and password. You will be guided on how to finally have your eBook published and live in less than 24 hours.
KINDLE MONEY MASTERY – YOUR GIFT FOR READING AND FINISHING THIS POST!
A FREE Video Reveals: Step-by-step video training program for making money with Kindle publishing.
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