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Kindle Formatting

Kindle Formatting

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Guide to formatting your novel for KINDLE
Guide to formatting your novel for KINDLE

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Published by: The View From Here on Apr 25, 2012
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Kindle Formatting
1.
 
Overview
A file uploaded to Kindle must be correctly formatted to take into account the wayAmazon have written their code to convert your file into a Kindle book. Justuploading a word or pdf file and hoping the Kindle book will look all shiny andformatted will not work. It may look good on your computer or in the printed book,
but on Kindle there’s a high chance it will look a
complete mess.Many customers will preview a Kindle book before buying ( & Amazon will often usethe Kindle preview for your paperback) and so this mess will be on clear view toeveryone and therefore it is worth correctly formatting your book: although bewarned it may take a couple of days to work through your novel correctly formattingit.This guide is intended for authors with small publishers who do not have the capitalto pay for an outside agency to format their books for Kindle.
The guide works with word 2010
– 
it should work with older formats of word although the navigation around word may be different from shown and the
“ 
save ashtml filtered option
” 
may not give as good results.
2.
 
What to send to the publisher to upload
There a number of options. In our
view it’s best to format correctly a word file
andsave it normally for your records. Then also click the File tab and
“save as” andselect “html filtered” ( also known as “webpage filtered”)
 
from the “save as type”
selection. This webfiltered document is what you need to send to your publisher forthem to upload to Amazon. Your publisher will have a chance to check all is well
 
be
fore publishing by looking at a preview available to them in their publisher page …
 
3.
 
Formatting your Word File
Kindle
will not recognise a lot of word’s formatting, like
tabs. So you MUST format
your word file as follows…
 
 
Make sure your paragraphs are in “normal” style
, not “headings”, “title”,“subtitles” etc
: these will cause odd things like your font to appear in bold onKindle or a sudden change in font sizes. To check highlight the paragraph andcheck none of the following show as selected( apart from the normal one
) …
 
If you are unsure or one of the above is highlighted, then do…
 Highlight textRight mouse click
Select “styles”
 
Select “normal style”
 
 
Use
Paragraph Styles
for your indents
Highlight the textRight mouse click
Select “Paragraph”
 Enter the first line indentation you require. Here for example it is 1.27
 
 Do not use the TAB functionTo check w
e recommend you click the pilcrow…
rom the top menu on the “home” tab which
then shows all formattingmarks.This makes it easier to see where you have lines that are indented by using
“styles” as detailed above or if you have been hitting Tab or a mixture of the
two.In the example below the pilcrow has been selected to show the formatting:
the arrow before ‘Lights off …’ shows that that line has been tabbed ( and will
therefore not indent in Kindle ), whilst the one below has been styled andwould be fine in Kindle...
 
For
where you require no indent
 –
like the start of a chapter: you must stillenter a first line indent in styles otherwise Kindle will auto-indent for you.Enter 0.01 in the indent box: this stops Kindle auto-indenting and is so smallit looks like there is no indent.(Right: First line has a 0.01 indent and appears fine.)

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