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Building Your Book for Kindle for Mac [Kindle Edition]

Kindle Direct Publishing
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Book Description

This free guide walk you through the necessary steps in creating a professional digital file of your book using Microsoft Word for Mac for quick upload to Kindle Direct Publishing.

These are the topics we'll discuss:

• Before You Write

• Building the Front Matter of Your Book

• Building Your Table of Contents

• Preparing a Cover

• Finishing Your Book

• Uploading and Checking the Quality of Your Book

• Just Before Publishing Your Book

• Making Changes After Publishing Your Book

We've written this guide with you in mind. We'll walk you through the key steps for every part of the process, and while it may seem repetitive at times, we want to make sure you have exactly the information you need, when you need it.

And don't forget — this is a process! Publishing on Kindle is easy and takes only 5 minutes of your time — but correctly preparing your book for success on Kindle takes time and effort. Don't worry; if you follow the steps we outline here, you should feel confident you'll end up with a successfully designed and formatted book and one you will be proud to see for sale on Amazon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 217 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00822K3Z0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,194 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect if you're using MS Word for Mac 2011 May 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This booklet has yet the best and simplest instructions for formatting your ebook for kindle if you're using MS Word for Mac 2011. The instructions for using MS Word for Mac are only slightly different than the instructions in the same book for PC using MS Word 2010. While on PC you may be able to generate table of contents automatically, on Mac you have to type them in manually and then use bookmarks and hyperlinks. The book suggests that you create hyperlinks to headings, but for me it worked better when I converted headings to bookmarks and then hyperlinked to bookmarks.

After you've formatted your ebook you save it in "html" format - on word it is filtered html format, on Mac instead of saving the entire file into html, you choose to save only display information. You can download Kindle previewer which makes it easy to check your work in progress and to fix anything that doesn't look right or that doesn't work.

I've purchased and read several books on formatting ebooks for Kindle and this short and free ebook proved the best so far. You can format your ebook in minutes following the instructions presented here.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, contains inaccuracies December 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is okay as a starting point for learning how to publish on the Kindle, but it is incomplete and contains some inaccuracies. It does not match what is written on the site.

One example is tha it says that you can publish both html and PDF files on Kindle, but it never talks about how or why to use a PDF. It also says you can use InDesign, yet it only describes how to use Word to create your book.

Another thing it says that is just incorrect is that you should not paste images into word but should instead use the insert command so that the file will be linked instead of embedded in the document. They both result in the same thing: an image embedded in the document. When saving as html (per their guidelines), the images get re-rendered as PNG files, which isn't necessarily a good thing if you're trying to watch file size.

The book also says that your images will only display in color "if you use a lot of images", but the truth is that your images will always display in color on any color-capable Kindle. This is important to know.

The book does not provide guidelines for image sizing, but says that GIF format is preferred to PNG with no reason given.

This is not a bad place to start, but if you want the nitty gritty truth then visit
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, to the point & easy to follow! June 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is the perfect companion for anyone using a Mac to publish an ebook on Kindle. I am not overly-computer savvy, and I found all the instructions very easy to follow and implement--my first book went live this weekend! It is also quick to read, so you don't get bogged down in too much information. Follow these instructions, and you'll have a published book in no time!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is a very hands on guide to formatting your book for publishing on Kindle. The guide is easy understandable and leaves you with no doubt what to do. It short to the point and it can't be done any easier.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Free: Two of my favorite words July 24, 2012
By S.M.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked up this book because I was putting my book Me On TV: The First Ever Kick-Ass Guide To Get You On Any Reality Show on kindle. It was super helpful and if you look at my book site, it worked! It's been up for just over two weeks and already has 16 four and five star reviews! I'm really glad Amazon offered this up to me, as without it I would have been adrift on the ocean. I think anyone who is looking to publish a book on Kindle should be required to read this. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. December 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was free, so no complaints, but all it does is stack all the information already available on Kindle Direct Publishing in a different order. I saw no information in this guide that wasn't already available in more accessible, more readily-applied ways elsewhere on the KDP pages. The reorganization did highlight some points that were helpful, but overall, I found the solved-questions area of the Kindle author forums more useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oudated Building your Book for Kindle for Mac April 11, 2013
By tours
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Gave this book a low rating since it is OUTDATED. Why? it asks the Mac user to convert their book to HTML, which means you need to be in Word, when many people, like me, use Quark, which is NOT discussed at all. On top of this, there is a Publishers guide for building your book that is MUCH better, but, much more difficult to follow.

Too, there are other ways now to do conversions or to hire a converter. Too, when I tried to get any help from Kindle tech support they were NOT helpful at all. Apple has an iauthor app to help you, while Kindle does not.

So you dicide what you want to do---the book is free---and you may want to read it (I did).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome aid August 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Following the instructions in this book, I easily and successfully downloaded a murder/mystery to the Kindle Store with no hitches. I appreciated the assistance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the problems of self publishing.
Worked great through a difficult bunch of problems.
Published 11 days ago by D.M. Cherubim
4.0 out of 5 stars ... incorporates most of the fundamentals needed to produce a great...
Building Your Book for Kindle incorporates most of the fundamentals needed to produce a great product. My only reservation is that the e-media scene is constantly changing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Umberto Whenz
4.0 out of 5 stars short and good description
Fine and well written. For a beginner this gave a nice way to ebook
And I soon publish my own
Published 3 months ago by Geir Arne Midtgaard
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For months now I have been seeking to download this book, but - for months now - it has been unavailable due to some obscure dispute with the author or publisher. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Liz Todd
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Published 3 months ago by Rosalie
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Formatting and Limited in Scope
Poor formatting considering this is a book about publishing. It appears hurried and is very limited in scope considering that a large percentage of Mac users probably use Pages... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Netherwhere
1.0 out of 5 stars This must be a joke
I keep receiving eMails about this book, Building Your Book for Mac. When I go to purchase it, It says, Under Review. Then I see other people wrote reviews, in fact 134 of them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Saad Ghazi
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to publish on Kindle!
Tried several times to publish to Kindle unsuccessfully before downloading this book. After finally taking the time to read it and actually follow the directions as specified I was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful!
A very helpful guide that makes the process of writing books for kindle much less daunting. An excellent step by step guide.
Published 7 months ago by j.b.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide
I could not have (easily) published my first novel without this book. It gave me invaluable step by step instructions that were easy to follow and complete. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E A Lake
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