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Initial post: 27 Apr 2012, 16:32:50 BST
Moz says:
Does anybody know what magic needs to be performed to get this apparently free book, Building Your Book for Kindle? I have scrutinised the whole screen looking for a method and I am fast losing patience with this whole publish to Kindle thing.

I am looking to perfectly publish my three novels to Kindle after reading all the hype, but I am fast coming to the conclusion that the only people who do any good are the ones who sell templates.

I anybody else having problems with fonts that move about and TOCs that are there, but not there and are seen, but don't work. How the heck does one put a book on Kindle that works? Thank you.

Posted on 27 Apr 2012, 18:20:51 BST
Roger Cave says:

I responded to another thread earlier. There are lots of answers to this. There is a program called Mobi you can download for free and this may help with formatting. There is also a you tube video which shows you how to format, have a look at that (search Kindle + Mobi)

If you're doing this via word, then "save as" the file as an HTML doc, them format this new doc. You can't use carriage return for breaks between chapters, this has to be done via a page break.

Hope this helps a little.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 00:41:48 BST
Moz says:
Thanks again Roger, but nothing is working. I have looked at some videos and I have the Mobipocket, but the reproduction it gives is different to the Amazon tester and neither of them will see my TOC although it's there and the Amazon one even has some of the fonts doing a jig. First they're here, then they're there.

I think I'll just give up on the whole thing and go to Smashwords as it seems their thingy whatsit produces ebooks that go on a number of platforms, Kindle included. But just for fun have you any idea how to download that 'Building Your Book for Kindle', apparently free ebook?

Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 11:30:36 BST

If you're writing in Word and have formatted your book accordingly (indents and all), then you save it as html.
After that you open Mobi, click on 'Insert from existing file' and look for the html document.
Click on it and then browse for the cover, it'll appear there, too.
You'll have to move the cover up with the arrows to the left.

Then click on build and it'll build your mobi file. When done go into your Window explorer and search for 'My publications', find the name of the book and search for the little blue book. That's the file you need to upload to Amazon. But don't forget to uncheck the box next to the cover when doing that.

Alternatively, you can just upload the html or even Word.com, I think to Amazon. You can also follow Smashwords mega long, for dummies, styleguide and use that version for Kindle, too. You have to take a few Valiums beforehand, I think. But it walks you through the process step by step.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 12:46:00 BST
you is the expert, Stella! lol

I've just uploaded my first file to Smashwords (that I've created) I'm waiting for the rejection email to appear! ;-)

Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 12:49:38 BST
Me, expert? hahaha. I is as clueless as many others, especially when it comes to Smashwords. Must upload my other two books again, and, like you, I hate the e-mails.

This one above is about everything I know and that's thanks to my personal hero Neil Schiller, who patiently guided me through the process of the TOC. Not that I remember anything.

Good luck with your file. Hope it doesn't give you a hassle.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 17:15:57 BST
Blergh! Just uploaded Candlelight Sinner and Excuse me, where is the exit? to SW. The latter seems all right, but CS had some vettor errors. What a surprise. So I went through the book, took out paragraphs, but I doubt that helped. We'll see. Uploaded the new version. Ha! They really make you jump through hoops and then you don't sell a thing in the end.

7 total sales in a year. haha. That's too funny.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 19:05:16 BST
Yikes, it is a nightmare over there for sure. Stick with it though as my sales have risen every quarter. It's very healthy this quarter as IJ is high up in the B&N chart. I can't say I get many sales on smashwords though but it's handy in that we can hand out coupons for giveaways etc.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 19:23:52 BST
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2012, 19:24:54 BST
It's in review now. So, seems I've done the right things. Apart from six sample downloads shared between two books, nothing happened.

Posted on 30 Apr 2012, 22:26:04 BST
Has bookhouses now succeeded in building a book, I wonder.
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