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 don’t spend time thinking what’s 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 What’s 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
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 you’ve selected see example below:
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 don’t spend time thinking what’s next.
Formatting the Font size: A great feature with the Kindle reader is it’s 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 word’s 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
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 predetermined 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
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 don’t apply) Step 6: Set the “Show Levels” box to 1
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 it’s 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 don’t 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
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”
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.
Making Changes If changes need to be made, make the necessary changes and re-upload book. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Go to HTML file of the book on your computer Right click, scroll over “open with” and select Microsoft word Make any edits needed Save under new title Click Save as (adjust “save as type” field to: Web page, Filtered) Close the file Re-upload revised content
Step 18: After hitting “save and continue” in the previous section your will be brought to “Rights and pricing” Select “Worldwide Rights”
Step 19: Select they royalty you want to follow…we suggest 70% royalty
Step 20: Slect the price you want to see. We recommend any where from 99C to 4.99 depending on your book. You want your book to be competitive. Step 21: Check all the boxes next to “Set_price automatically based on US price” Step 22: Click on “Save and Publish) Step 23: Once the book is approved do purchase a copy and review
Congratulations you have just published your kindle Book
Congratulations you have just published your kindle Book
Now that you are done uploading your book check out “How To Market Your Ebook”