How To Format and Upload Your Kindle Book

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This pdf is a step by step how you can format and upload your kindle book. It covers a few vital things that you want to make sure you to avoid formatting issues. The steps are easy to follow all you have to do is follow and publish. Visit: http://www.ezkindlepublishing.com

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    Kindle Publishing Guidelines

    Material Needed

    Your manuscript in Word

    KDP.amazon.com account

    How To Work On This:

    Set some time aside to work on this, preferable 50min time increments, turn

    off your cell and remove all distractions

    You can use the countdown timer at e.ggtimer.com

    Create your to do list and break down every activity that you have to do, so

    that you dont spend time thinking whats next

    example:

    o Create kdp.amazon.com account

    o Research Keywords for Ebook

    o What category is my book in

    o Write description for book using at least 4 keywords

    o Create Ebook cover

    Find designer

    o Format Ebook

    These Guidelines were created using Microsoft word 2010

    Whats covered in this PDF

    1. Formatting Tips

    a. How to Insert Indents at the Beginning of Paragraphs

    b. How to Insert Empty Space Between Paragraphs

    c. How to Insert A Page Break Between Chapters:

    i. Show/Hide Feature

    d. How to Format Headers For Chapters

    e. Formatting the Font size

    f. How To Build the Front Matter of Your Kindle Book

    i. Title Page

    ii. Copy Right Page

    g. How To Build Your Table Of Content

    i. Identify your chapter headings and set your headline style

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    ii. Insert your Table of Contents near the beginning of the word

    document

    iii. Bookmarking Your Table Of Content for Kindle

    2. Kindle Book Covers

    3. Getting Your Manuscript Ready

    a. Converting Your Manuscript Into HTML

    b. How To Upload Your Kindle Book On Amazon KDP

    c. Preview Your Kindle Book Before Publishing

    Tips For Formatting

    The number one mistake new digital publishers make is assuming formatted material

    will translate to Kindle as what you see is what you get. This can be further from

    the truth. This guideline will help you avoid common mistakes in the as your prepare

    to publish your Kindle book.

    How to Insert Indents at the Beginning of Paragraphs

    Avoid using tabs or spaces to indent paragraphs. Follow the directions below to set

    first line indents (for paragraphs) in Microsoft word.

    Step 1: Click on the page layout tab at the top of the screen

    Step 2: Look for the paragraph section and click the button resembling arrow

    which will then open a dialogue box called Paragraph.

    Step 3: In the dialogue screen, locate the Indentation section, and set

    Special to First Time and By to your preferred indent.

    The setting recommended is shown in the image below:

    How to Insert Empty Space Between Paragraphs:

    If you want to have a space between paragraph most people will insert a return

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    between the 2 paragraphs. Issue with this technique is that you cannot be sure that

    the space between paragraphs will appear correctly on kindle platforms. Instead, set

    you paragraph spacing in Word as follows:

    Step 1: Open your word document and click on Page Layout tab

    Step 2: In the Paragraph section locate the indent section

    Step 3: Next to word After you can enter the value of your preferred space

    after a paragraph.

    See image below showing you where to do this:

    How to Insert A Page Break Between Chapters:

    One reason you want to enter a page break at the end of every chapter is to prevent

    the text from running together on kindle. To insert a page break in word

    Step 1: Click insert at the top of the screen in word

    Step 2: Click Page Break

    Show/Hide: The Show/Hide button in word will toggle on and off a word feature

    that shows you a paragraph marks and other formatting symbols. These symbols will

    not be visible on the kindle, but you can use them to see where you have inserted

    page breaks, paragraph breaks, etc all of which will help you understand how your

    book will look on the kindle once published.

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    Do not use headers and footers: Headers, such as title and chapter, and footers,

    such as page number, will not display on kindle as intended: avoid using them

    How to Format Headers For Chapters: Use the Heading 1 Feature from word:

    Kindle supports easy navigation within your kindle book for the reader if you highlight

    chapter titles (e.g. Chapter 1: He Climbed The Tree) and kindle will set them to a

    Heading value as shown below.

    Step 1: In your manuscript, highlight the chapter title with your mouse

    Step 2: Click on the Home tab

    Step 3: Click on the Heading 1 button as shown below

    Step 4: Your text will be formatted differently. You can change the formatting

    values for heading 1 to anything you with by right clicking on the same

    button and selecting modify

    Step 5: If you have already formatted your chapter headings the way you want,

    you can highlight the heading, right click on heading heding1 and select

    update Heading 1 to Match Selection After this you set to Heading 1 will

    match the setting youve selected

    see example below:

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    Chapter 1: Creating Your To Do List

    Create your to do list and break down every activity that you have to do, so that you

    dont spend time thinking whats next.

    Formatting the Font size: A great feature with the Kindle reader is its ability to

    reconfigure the text size and margins as you read the book. Because of this, you may

    wish to avoid utilizing font size to add emphasis.

    How to Build the Front Matter for Your Kindle Book: The Front matter is the beginning

    pages of a book, which may include a Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication Page , Preface

    or Prologue. At a minimum your front matter should include a Title Page. Below are

    some tips to make your front matter look stylish and professional.

    Title Page: The first page in your manuscript document should be your title page (you

    will upload your cover page, an image, separately when you publish your Kindle book)

    Your title page should be centered with the book title on top and the author name

    underneath.

    Step 1: Center the text: Avoid using spaces or tabs to center the text. Rather,

    from words navigation bar use the center functionality to center the text.

    Step 2: Insert a page break after the title

    o Click insert at the top of the screen in word

    o Click page break

    Step 3: Here is an example what it should looks like

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    A Tale of Two Cities

    By Charles Dickens

    - Insert Page Break Here -

    Copy Right Page: The copyright page normally follows the title page. It should also be

    centered with a page break after it, as shown below.

    Text copy right 2012 George Kairu

    All Right Reserved

    - Insert Page Break Here

    How To Build Your Table Of Content

    In a kindle book, the Table of Content (TOC) allows readers to jump to pre-

    determined places in the book by simply clicking on links embedded in the text. As a

    page numbers are not applicable in a Kindle Book (page counts change with the text

    size a reader chooses), a functional Table of Content is one of the features Kindle

    readers rely on and expect

    Kindle reader will recognize a properly implemented Table Of Content in Word. If

    your Kindle Kook is in Word, follow the steps below to ensure your table of

    contents works properly on kindle.

    Identify your chapter headings and set your headline style

    Step 1: Highlight the first chapter Title in your book with your mouse

    Step 2: Click on the Home Tab

    Step 3: Your Chapter title will be formatted differently. You can change the

    formatting values for Heading 1 to anything you wish by right clicking on the

    same button and selecting Modify

    Step 4: If you have already formatted your chapter headings to what you want

    them to look like, you can highlight the first one, right-click in Heading 1 and

    select Update Heading 1 To match Selection.

    Step 5: Once you have set your chapter heading style, identify the rest of the

    chapter headings by repeating the first 2 steps above for each one

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    Insert your Table of Contents near the beginning of the word document

    Step 1: Left click once where you want your table of content to appear. This

    should come just after your front matter - title page.

    Step 2: Type Table of Contents and press Enter

    Step 3: In Microsoft word, locate the References tab at the tip and find

    Table of Contents

    Step 4: Click Table Of Contents and select insert Tale Of Contents form

    the drop down, which will cause a dialogue box to appear

    Step 5: On the dialogue box, uncheck the box that says Show Page numbers

    ( since this is an Kindle Book, page numbers dont apply)

    Step 6: Set the Show Levels box to 1

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    Step 7: Click Ok

    Step 8: The Table Of Content should appear automatically

    Bookmarking Your Table Of Content for Kindle

    Kindle offers readers the option to Go To certain places in a book such as the table

    of content, or the opening passage (such as chapter 1), from anywhere within the

    book.

    These places are known as Guide Items. To setup your table of contents as a guide

    item, follow these steps:

    Step 1: Highlight the words Table Of Content in your document

    Step 2: Click on the Insert Tab

    Step 3: Select Bookmark

    Step 4: In the bookmark name box, type toc

    Step 5: Click add

    Later revisions

    If you add more chapters to your kindle book after completing instructions 1-3, make

    sure you identify them as Heading 1. To make sure your table of content updates,

    click anywhere in your table of contents and hit the F9 key to add any new chapter

    headings and delete any removed ones.

    Kindle Book Covers

    The following are the formats and requirements for Kindle Book Covers

    o A .jpg or .tiff file

    o At least 1000 pixels on the longest side

    o Ideal image height/width ration is 1.6 (example 1000 * 1600)

    Information to include on Your Cover

    o Title (title of the book)

    o Author (authors) of the book

    o Cover Image (make sure its an image that captures the essence of the book

    and creates an emotional response from the reader)

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    Finished Covers: save your .jpg or .tiff file on your computer but dont include it in

    your manuscript. Covers must be uploaded separately from the manuscript.

    Getting Your Manuscript Ready

    Converting Your Manuscript Into HTML

    Save your word document as a Filtered HMTL Document To do this, just follow

    these steps:

    Step 1: Open your manuscript, click the File tab then click on save as and

    select my documents or where you save your documents.

    Step 2: For Save as type select Web Page, Filtered

    Step 3: Click save

    Step 4: If prompted with a warning about removing office tags click yes

    Step 5: Close the document by clicking the file tab and then close

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    How To Upload Your Kindle Book On Amazon KDP

    Step 1: Open an account at

    http://kdp.amazom.com

    Step 2: Once logged in you will be

    directed to the Bookshelf screen, click

    on Add new title

    Step 3: Enter the title in the Book

    Name: Field

    Step 4: Leave the box black next the

    This book is part of a series. Ignore

    Series Title and Volume. If the

    book is part of a series or volume then

    check off the box.

    Step 5: Edition number leave blank

    until you add a second edition in the

    future

    Step 6: Description enter a

    description that is up to 4000

    characters.

    Step 7: Click on Add Contributors

    and add your name or authors name

    Step 8: Select appropriate language in

    the Language dropdown

    Step 9: Publication Date enter the

    date that you are uploading the ebook

    Step 10: Leave ISBN empty unless you

    purchased and ISBN

    Step 11: Click on This is not a public

    Domain

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    Step 12: Click on Add Categories

    Drop down menu. You are allows to

    choose upto 2 categories

    Step 13: Once you select your

    categories make sure these boxes are

    checked and click save

    Step 14: Enter Search Keyword

    Ex: enter keyword that someone would

    type to search your Kindle book

    Step 15: Upload the book cover that

    you saved earlier

    Step 16: Select Do not enable digital

    rights management

    Step 17: Click on browse for book

    select the html version of the book and

    click on upload book

    Wait for the message Upload and

    Conversion Successful will appear

    Step 18: You can choose to Save as

    Draft or Save and Publish we

    suggest your Save as draft and do a

    final reviewer using the Kindle

    Previewer to check for any

    misformating.

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    Preview Your Kindle Book Before Publishing

    In order to preview your Kindle book you need to download the Kindle Previewer.

    Heres how to do this:

    Step 1: Visit this url on Amazon.com

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000765261

    Choose the option that applies to you

    Step 2: Agree to the Terms of Use

    Step 3: Save previewer to your computer and follow installation instructions

    Step 4: Once installed open the previewer tool (this will be found Start All

    Programs Amazon Previewer

    Step 5: Click previewer and this will open the previewer tool on your computer

    Step 6: Go to KDP page where you uploaded your book and click on download

    book

    Here is a check list for what you should look for

    Review front Matter(title page, dedication, copy right inforation0

    Table Of Content linking table works

    Proof read your content

    Make sure there are no misspellings and formatting issues

    Check kindle book presentation across several devices

    o In previewer select devices from the drop-down menu

    o Select the device which you would like the Previewer to emulate

    o Dont be surprised if th...