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Format Your eBook for Kindle in One Hour - 2011 Edition

Format Your eBook for Kindle in One Hour - 2011 Edition [Kindle Edition]

Derek J. Canyon
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***This is an older edition of this guide. There is a 2012 edition available. I'd suggest you go get the newer 2012 edition.***

This book provides basic step-by-step instructions on how to format your ebook for Kindle so that you can publish it on Amazon and make it available for sale to the public. This book gives you the necessary steps to format your book as quickly as possible without using Amazon’s conversion tools. This book is not a reference guide that tells you every minute detail about formatting books for Kindle. Please see the notes below to see some important details about the contents of this book.

If you don’t want to pay to have some service convert a manuscript into the Kindle format, but you also don’t want to spend a lot of time on it yourself, then this book is for you. This is also for you if you don’t like the automatic conversion results that the Kindle tools provide. With this guide YOU determine where the page breaks are, how many line breaks between your chapter title and the start of the page, and so on.

The goal of this guide is to enable you to (relatively) quickly format your basic ebook in a simple fashion with cover art, copyright page, clickable table of contents, and chapter titles. So you aren’t overwhelmed, these instructions tell you how to format your ebook in one way, with minimal options. After you learn the instructions in this book, you should be able format your novel in about an hour, unless it’s very long.

This book includes a link to an HTML template that you can use for any Kindle ebook. You do NOT need to know HTML. You just need to replace some placeholder text to specify your book information in a text editor such as Notepad or Microsoft Expression.

You’ll also need to do some Find & Replace on your book in Word, plus some Copy & Paste.

These instructions tell you how to include the following in your ebook:

Line breaks
Page breaks
Links from one part of your book to another part of your book
Cover art
Copyright page
Links to any website (for web-capable devices)
Clickable table of contents
Chapter titles

Also included are instructions on how to zip your files for submission to Amazon DTP.

This eBook is published DRM-free.

NOTE 1: Do not buy this book unless you want to publish your book to Amazon and make it available for the public to buy. If you just want to send your personal books or documents to your own Kindle, please follow the instructions in the Kindle User Guide.

Also, do not buy this book if you are content with the automated conversion tools that Amazon provides to authors and publishers. If you like the results you get from the conversion tools, you don’t need this book. I found that the conversion tools resulted in some strange formatting behavior with page breaks and line breaks, among other things, which is why I prefer to use this method.

NOTE 2: I wrote these instructions on a Windows PC system. These instructions have not been tested on a Mac system, although you should be able to modify them to work.

NOTE 3: Italics, bold, numbered and bulleted lists. This book does include instructions on how to format numbered and bulleted lists, italics, and bold text. However, it is a manual process to do this. If you have a lot of italics, bold, or lists in your book, it will probably take you a long time to format using this book. If you do have a lot of non-basic text in your book, you should probably use the automated conversion tool or pay a professional formatter instead of buying this book.

NOTE 4: This guide does not provide instructions on including images in your novel other than the cover. Check out the 2012 edition of this guide for image support.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HZX7W2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
It truly is. Until I found this book I was really confused as to how to format and layout my ebook. I have a good basic understanding of html, but I just couldn't work out how to piece together my book so that it looked professional without all sorts of formatting errors and glitches.

With the downloadable design template on the screen in front of you, (that I had no problems finding through the link provided), this book is simple to understand and put into practice, step by step. It's almost a copy and paste process, but with proper code provided instead of just copying a word document into a Kindle previewer and hoping for the best.

The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of was how to put images into the heart of your book, but having read this guide and understood the html steps, I was able to work this out for myself very quickly. Maybe this could be added in when the book is next updated?

For the hard work and time this book will save you, it is well worth the ridiculously low price being charged. If you want to format your own ebook for the Kindle, this is the only book you'll need.

Thank you for making my formatting life stress free!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book 22 Aug 2011
By Bryan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is quite useful and makes the creation of e-books for the Kindle a lot easier than using other methods.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Like lots of first-timers, I was extremely disappointed with the appearance of my first e-book, having uploaded directly from Word. Following this book, I was able to format 80,00 words in about two hours ( I am not quick). I would have to add to a previous reviewers comments regarding the template link. The full stop (period) after htm in the link seems to stop certain browsers from targeting the page. Otherwise, fantastic. Thank you!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great time-saver for Kindle authors 27 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great time-saver for authors wishing to format their Kindle ebooks for upload to Amazon's Kindle store. Its biggest asset is the html template which allows you to format your novel, story or collection very quickly and easy using the step by step guide. The instructions are very clear and it really is quite possible to complete the formatting of a book in under an hour. I just reformatted my two Kindle titles Symbiosis and The Midnight Men and Other Stories using this guide and I am very happy with the results. Both ebooks took less than an hour to format. In fact, I did the second one before breakfast!

Highly recommended.
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