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Formatting of Kindle Books: a Brief Tutorial Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 3009 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: KDP; updated edition (July 2, 2015); original edition (December 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHN7WQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lis Sowerbutts on June 9, 2011
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I can't believe that no one has done anything as simple and straightforward as this before - but after digging through heaps of reviews of books priced up to $9.99 this little 99c job seems to be what I was looking for all along! Thank you!
Publishing on the Kindle is not that simple - and I am very conversant with html and CSS (I develop websites). Amazon's own software is difficult to use. The approach detailed here is simple enough for anyone who can read and follow instructions to understand
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ten Thousand Monkeys on March 17, 2012
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Like another reviewer said, the first half of the book is a long and winding rant about why self-publishing is stupid. The second half? Poorly written, outdated, and unecessarily long instructions that won't do the job.

You can get much better, shorter, and. more up to date instructions on Amazon's own website. Save the 99 cents--the book's a waste of time.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Don of Palm Bay on January 2, 2012
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This book is short and sweet and the intro alone is well worth the cost of admission. The author presents some interesting statistics on ePublishing that you can view in the sample "Look Inside" above. But in spite of that dose of reality, the author is generous with illustrated info needed to get you going. I took him up on his offer in the "Look Inside" to try the book for free, and after just skimming through it, I went back immediately and bought it. I was not set up to read Kindle format, and he even walks you through how to download the Kindle App for PCs. Throughout the book he also tells you where to get the free tools or additional info you will need for the step he is showing.

If you plan to ePublish, you owe it to yourself to add this to your arsenal.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Charles Pierce II on January 10, 2012
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I've purchased many "self-help" books, visited dozens of websites and haunted blogs on this topic, not to mention the KDP Forum - and Nikolai Shevchuk's tutorial is the most current, straightforward source of information. The writing style is simple and direct. The organization is great, placing ideas in the order you need them. So far, all his suggestions have been correct and workable on my PC with Win 7 and IE9. His help with Mobi Pocket Creator has been invaluable. I've been stymied for over a year, but now I'm looking forward to self-publishing some technical monographs on Kindle, especially now that Kindle Fire allows color pictures - as do the Kindle Apps for PC, etc.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By silverquill on May 30, 2012
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After reading the introduction, I almost trashed this little pamphlet! Why should I read about publishing Kindle books from someone who has just told me how stupid I am for even thinking about doing it? I'm sure I don't think publishing Kindle books is a get rich scheme, but neither do I think it is a waste of time. I just want some guidance on the complexities of formatting them correctly. My goals may be entirely different from what the author is trying to destroy. I'm still mystified by this approach to introducing a book. It's like saying, "You're a fool for believing in God, but let me show you how to construct good prayers!"

Okay, once the author actually gets to his subject, more doubts arise. I'm reading this on my Kindle Touch, which I dearly love, but the formatting of this book is impossible to use on this format. Screen shots are unreadable. Side notes in different and smaller fonts are difficult to read. So, I'm getting advice on formatting my book for a Kindle from a book that isn't formatted so that I can read it easily on my Kindle? Something is seriously wrong here.

Since I am still looking for guidance on Kindle formatting, I can't say how accurate the content is. But, the presentation is overwhelming with technical details of delving into HTML formatting, with advice to ignore Amazon's guidelines, and numerous "side notes which you can ignore." There is nothing simple about this approach. I dabble in HTML coding for specific uses, but if I have to go into the detail suggested by this book, then I may never publish! And, I can't remember the last time I had to go into my computer's command line to run programs, as the author recommends here. All I can say is that this seems like an extremely daunting approach to formatting ebooks.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon Williams on February 16, 2012
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This is a useful ebook to be sure. That said, my preference would have been even more practical content and less condescending to the reader. The material starts with an unnecessarily long diatribe about how one will not make any money in epublishing. Fine. My guess is that most, like me, are not expecting to get rich producing our little ebooks; we simply want the freedom to have complete creative control. Once in the material there are several places where the author suggests that the reader is not smart enough to use a particular piece of software (e.g., Notepad++) or read and understand the documentation provided by Amazon.

Again, the core technical material is very useful, however, this would have been a far more enjoyable product had the author just stuck to practical application and left the editorializing about Amazon and assuming the worst of the reader's intellectual abilities for conversations with drinking buddies.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pencilist on May 7, 2013
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As others have noted, this book begins by trying to discourage you from writing an ebook at all. It goes on and on about how nobody makes it as an ebook author. After reading this, who would want to write anything? The second part of the book goes on to show you how difficult it is to format your book for Kindle. Long instructions on HTML. This book is not worth the .99 cents. A far better book is "How to Format: The Perfect Kindle Book in One Hour" by Emmanuel Aroms. It shows just how easy it can be to get things done right, using free open source software.
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transfer kindle books
If the book has the "lending" feature enabled, then you can use that feature to lend the book to your wife. If not, there is not a legal way to do this, but if you switch Kindles for a week or two, nobody is going to file charges against you two.
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