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Building Your Book for Kindle [Kindle Edition]

Kindle Direct Publishing
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,102 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This free guide will walk you through the necessary steps in creating a professional digital file of your book using Microsoft Word 2010 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: 158 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007URVZJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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397 of 415 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Non-Techies Who Write with Word April 19, 2012
By C. Sahu
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I decided I wanted to publish on the Kindle, I went to their very extensive information pages on self-publishing. So much information! I combed through a lot of it but still hadn't found everything I needed when this e-book popped up in my recommendations.

This is a short and precise explanation of all a writer needs to know to publish onto the Kindle. It is all for Microsoft Word users - I don't know if they have another version for other word processing programs or if you could extrapolate from the Word instructions. I haven't actually published my book yet, so I can't say for sure how correct all the instructions are, but they are extremely exact: "Click 'Insert' at the top of the screen in Word...." etc.

The book starts with a "Before You Write" chapter that tells you exactly what not to do while you're actually writing your book - things like, "Avoid using tabs and spaces to indent paragraphs and icons." It then proceeds to tell you what exactly how to form your paragraphs (using Word's Page Layout feature).

There's also a very good synopsis of how to form your cover art. It took me a long time to even find references to this issue on the Amazon website, but this book very clearly and succinctly tells you everything you need to know. (The picture needs to be a jpg or tif file, at least 1000 pixels on the longest side, and the height-to-width ratio should be about 1.6.)

Also included are info on how to create your table of contents, how to insert illustrations into the main book, etc. Then on to how to convert your Word file into html and how to upload it onto Amazon.

The whole thing is very well written. Very clear and doesn't waste your time. Excellent technical writing.
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228 of 247 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good intro to Kindle publishing, but . . . April 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a short, quick guide to how to publish on the Kindle, this tiny booklet will readily fill the bill. And, if your book is less than a megabyte in size, and is essentially straight text, and you do not care too much about the formatting details, this should be the only book you need. I am guessing that the previous description would apply to 70-85% of those publishing on Kindle.

But, what if you find yourself in a different group? What if your book is larger than a megabyte? What if your book is not just straight text, but uses graphics and tables intensively? What if you want to give your book a little spice by having certain footnotes point directly to text, and others pointing to a webpage?

Well, I guess if you are in this last group, this is not going to be the book for you! That is why my review is 4 stars, not 5. So, if you find yourself in the first group, no need to read any more, but if you find yourself in the second group, read on.

Yes, if, like me, you publish nonfiction books that are loaded with tables and pictures and graphs and footnotes, a book that could easily exceed a megabyte in size, you're going to have to pursue a different route. To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, take a look at my most recent book, Impossible: The Case Against Lee Harvey Oswald (Volume Three). Go ahead and download the sample, and better yet, download this volume, which will be free on the 22nd of every month.
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206 of 223 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all inclusive June 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Building Your Kindle Book is only part of the story and doesn't explain the entire process adequately. After uploading more than 7 books to KDP, I had to do a lot more research about formatting, tips on how to avoid problems with creating a TOC and pricing. Building does a poor job of explaining the TOC conversion and also fails to mention one persistent problem. Once you've checked your book format in the Kindle Previewer and it meets all the requirements, that is no guarantee that KDP will convert your book in that same format. In my experience, each book had to be uploaded, edited, uploaded again at least 4 times (for each of the 7 books) until KDP did the conversion I saw on the Previewer. It wasn't me making the mistakes, it was the KDP software.
This book for obvious reasons does not include the issues around pricing books in the context of this format - knowledge about this important issue can only be gained by conducting extensive research including tracking down the experiences of other digital book authors. Even with research, it often takes 6 months of actual sales to start to understand the pricing issues and other topics around pricing and competition with other digital ebook formats.
It will help if you read this book at the start of your research and several times again before you begin to understand what's good about it and what's missing and a lot of info is missing!
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78 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Almost worthless September 6, 2012
By O. Nash
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I published my first book for Kindle in 2008.

In those days, there was a "start-up" feeling, an exciting new idea, with new technology we were all learning. Many people had basic questions, like "How big should my pictures be? and Amazon had few detailed, technical answers.

Four years later, this latest effort continues that tradition.

This thin "manual" lacks useful detail.

-- It does not deal with specifications for different models of Kindle.

-- It does not provide useful technical information about images and graphics.

-- It is not specific enough about HTML coding and the process for producing valid files.

Kindle technology has matured; training for KDP authors has not.

Brian Dean
Kindle Author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good and concise. Seems to cover the necessary details.\
and its free!
Published 22 hours ago by Try Good
2.0 out of 5 stars somewhat helpful
Although I found some information that may help me to produce a digital version of my book (ebook or EPUB) all my work is on a Mac. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Nan J. Barchowsky
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-have for Authors Considering Self-publishing
This book is the equivalent of eBook Formatting 101, 202, and 303 in 32 pages! As a young author planning to release my first eBook, a Short Story titled "The Rebellion", I... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ben Fleishman
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Published 5 days ago by cesarfc2000
4.0 out of 5 stars This book was easy to read and follow directions
This book was easy to read and follow directions. I had already written the print version. Conversion to the kindle book was easy with Building Your Book for Kindle.
Published 5 days ago by Martha in KC
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
I published my first book after reading this book, so it must have worked ;-)
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
Very helpful! I just wish that I would've read this book before I wrote my book, "Ask Bella...for Purrfect Advice. Read more
Published 5 days ago by SD librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm ready
This book is a good starter and I'm ready to make some of my story's to meet the world.
It gives me tips on how my book should be formatted and give ideas for jazzing up the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Marko Jindrack
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be clearer
Could have been written a little clearer for us "less than great for us less than great computer users"
Published 8 days ago by HRD
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Now to write my novel!
Published 8 days ago by Richard
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