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"It was like someone threw a switch and suddenly I understood formatting for Kindle." -- Julie Wolf Scott, author of First Wish

"You explain how to format your ebook for Kindle so much better than other so-called 'experts' that I have read (and paid for) that it's almost a joke. With your help the formatting of my Kindle books was a breeze." -- Peter Hart, author of Memograms

"The formatting of Kindle books using your method has made me confident in the process. It's a tremendous feeling finally to have my writing published as an ebook." -- Susanne Spencer, author of Dance Like There's No-one Watching : Attract Happiness the Natural Way

About the Author

A journalist and writer for nearly 20 years, Steven Lewis has written for the Financial Times, Esquire, GQ, and the International Herald Tribune, among others. A long-time resident of Hong Kong, he had a popular and long-running consumer technology column in the South China Morning Post and was the technology editor of Asian Business.

He first published online in 1994 and today his titles are available in Amazon's Kindle store, Apple's iBookstore, and as audiobooks through Audible.

Steven is also a professional podcaster, ghostwriter and helps other writers publish their ebooks. His guides, reports, how-tos and blog for authors can be found at Taleist.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Taleist (October 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980855942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980855944
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,956,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A journalist and writer for nearly 20 years, Steven has written for The Financial Times, Esquire, GQ, and the International Herald Tribune, among others. A long-time resident of Hong Kong, he had a popular and long-running consumer technology column in the South China Morning Post and was the technology editor of Asian Business.

Steven is also a professional podcaster, ghostwriter and helps other writers self-publish their ebooks. His blog at Taleist is an internationally regarded resource for self-publishing authors. It has been cited in the New Yorker, Fortune, Forbes, and the Guardian, among others.

Steven is married and lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, Fleur, and son, Jack.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mia Jasper [Spanielhill Publishing] on February 29, 2012
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I was frustrated with getting bulleted lists in Word to convert to anything nice looking in a Kindle book. I'd tried following free advice I found online but it didn't help.
"How to Format Perfect Kindle Books" had the answer. His explanation was so simple and well explained that it was easy to fix the problem sections of my book. That alone was worth the price of the book to me.
But this book also has a lot of other tips and ideas that will make my ebook so much nicer looking.
Really glad I bought this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dpeach on February 21, 2012
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None of the information in this book was revolutionary for me, but there are a couple of things that baffled me that Steven Lewis cleared up nicely. I have seen people talk about NCX and OPF files in book creation, but I had not seen a good explanation of how to properly generate and use these files. Mr. Lewis explained what these files were and how to use them.

One of the other big resources that I was glad to obtain with this book was a suggested style sheet. I have not thoroughly dug through the CSS that he provided, but it is nice to have a template to start with that I can modify for my purposes.

This book does not cover KF8 (Kindle Format 8). That is perfectly fine with me since I am an Eink Kindle user and am more interested in keeping books I plan to format compatible with the broadest range of devices. Even if you were interested in using the KF8 spec for creating your books, the information in this title is foundational to any future Kindle format. Using most of the new features of KF8 is trivial once you grasp the concepts in this book.

Negatives: I thought the price was a little high (the author has since dropped the price by $3) for such a small book. One of the premises that the author brings into this book is that if your book is important enough to write, it is important enough to spend time to make the formatting the best it can be. For that reason I was surprised to find a handful of typos in the book. The author has since uploaded an updated edition of the book in which, I am sure, he has corrected the errors.

Again, there was nothing really AMAZING about the book, but it was written in an easy to understand way that helped clear up some confusion on my part.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ballenamar on November 11, 2012
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I totally agree with those reviewers who found this book a useful, basic book on Kindle formatting. I also am aware that this edition of the book does not cover KF8. BUT, up to the date of this review, on his web site the author promised a free updated book to purchasers when he completed his update to KF8. I relied on his promise and purchased the book on that basis. After purchasing the book, I emailed the author to determine when I might see an update. I was told that he wasn't going to do the update. In his email to me he said "I think, therefore, that the promise of KF8 is illusory and that authors shouldn't spend too much time worrying about it.". He offered a refund, but only if I had purchased the book directly from him - which I hadn't. The author is pushing books and courses on Kindle formatting. I'm deeply interested in this subject but cannot see myself spending money with a person who doesn't keep his word. He did note that he has now removed his promise from his web page.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Light Scribe on March 18, 2012
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This book contains the right level of detail, encouragement and reality checking to steer you through to the completion of your first ebook. I used Steven's books as my bible in getting myself started and avoided a great many pitfalls thanks to his sage advice. I highly recommend this ebook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ted Lovejoy on July 25, 2012
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You made HTML very understandable. I do have a small amount of background with it so I tended to get complicated, but when that started to make problems, I just stuck to what you had written and it's coming out very nicely. I now feel like I have a very good understanding of Kindle books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Calamity on April 10, 2013
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Quite simply, if you are planning to self-publish, this is a must-have read. My only suggestion is to include a checklist in the appendix. A lot of the information is very detailed, and for more advanced users, a dot-point guide would be a good summary and supplement.

Thankful! Most detailed, yet easy to understand. I absolutely 'needed' this book. Great value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jade Craven on June 8, 2013
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It contains solid instructions. It is very likely you will encounter technical problems though - I did. I actually recommend that you hire someone else to convert it for you rather then attempt formatting yourself. You can put your energies towards writing or promoting instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jayjayem on December 29, 2012
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Having examined a number of books claiming to give useful assistance in the preparation of a publication for Kindle, I found that this book, together with Amazon's own guide to publication, made the task very simple and easy to grasp. This book especially made publication a reality.
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