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Building Your Book for Kindle [Kindle Edition]

Kindle Direct Publishing
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,596 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
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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359 of 375 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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208 of 226 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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176 of 193 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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60 of 69 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Big help
Couldn't have done it without you.
Published 1 day ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A very valuable for an introduction to knidle publishing. ...
A very valuable for an introduction to knidle publishing. It contains the info, such as formatting, that is a requirement to know. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This was a handy book and I am glad it was available for download!
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Lifer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great intro to publishing with Kindle
I'm just starting to investigate using Kindle and I found this book very helpful and took away any apprehension I might have had about using this platform.
Published 3 days ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great help in conforming to a far different format of publishing.
Published 3 days ago by David L. Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
must read soon
Published 3 days ago by Theresa Doucet
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent basic book on Kindle pulshing
this book is a decent overview of the process but there are much better books. for example, Aaron Shepard has a very good series of books on the topic.
Published 4 days ago by W. Wilkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear instructions but missing topics
Pros- Clear instructions on how to build the book for Kindle publishing.
Cons - There were a couple of topics that I needed help for but couldn't find in the book (or in the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ms. Swati Srivastava
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!
Excellent Resource!
Published 5 days ago by Chris Pennywitt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Helping Hand
When you're starting from scratch with absolutely no knowledge of formatting this book is the helping hand. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Valentina Hepburn
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