- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (January 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440488886
- ISBN-13: 978-1440488887
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,885,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide To Formatting Books For The Amazon Kindle Paperback – January 24, 2009
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My main complaint is that it simply feels lazy. His treatment of images is a good example of this. In the one brief paragraph dedicated to discussing image types (.jpg, .gif, etc.), he says a few uninformative words about each of the file formats Kindle supports ("PNGs are very good for charts") and then concludes with, "I don't suggest using BMPs since the other formats are usually better." Oh, really? I'm glad to hear it's not because they're usually worse. When I'm wrestling with how to put an image with too much information on too small a screen, I want something a little more substantial than "I don't recommend it because it's not good." How about saying a little something about why?
Another explanation for cases like this might be that Tallent does not want to give away too many trade secrets. He obliquely mentions but never really describes all kinds of tricks that he uses in his own Kindle formatting services. I can understand his not wanting to write a treatise on the subject, and I can even understand wanting to preserve few painstakingly discovered tricks for himself, but I think readers of this small book (rather expensive at $20 for the print version and $10 for the Kindle version) deserve more than this extremely cursory treatment.
Again and again I have turned to this book with relatively simple questions only to come away frustrated. Google searches and some experimentation have served me much better.
A decent enough intro (although, again, much of this information can be found online and discovered for oneself through a little experimentation), but complete it certainly is not.
Is Joshua's thin book worth $20 to you, or $10 if you have a Kindle? If you barely understood how to send your simple Word document to iUniverse, letting them design your cover while you contributed very little to your book's design, then Kindle Formatting probably offers a lot more than you care to know.Read more ›
A book about formatting a book should be a well-edited book. This one is not. In addition to writing style and typographical issues, there are production issues, too. A figure (5.4) os the wrong figure, for example.
The book is supposed to explain all the "secrets." Not. For example, Kindle authors are told time and again that we have a default font and a mono-spaced code font and that's it. This book is published in a non-default sans serif font, and the author does not explain how he did it.
Are you interested in publishing formulae and equations? You get no help in this book.
I'd say buy another book, but I don't think there is another book on this suject. Perhaps that's why it's so pricey compared to other Kindle books.
Mr Tallent usefully discusses how to use Microsoft Word to prepare one's e-texts, but alas he fails to consider how its considerable search-and-replace functionality (let alone its powerful VBA program language) can be used to add the necessary HTML tagging directly. Instead, he limits himself to using Word's own bloated HTML output and then clearing the inevitable mess up aftewards with alternative search-and-replace functionality found in programs like Notepad++, a technique which, depending on the complexity of the text, may well prove more demanding in the long run.
So should you buy this book? Perhaps. Certainly an updated version will be worth purchasing if it maintains this quality of insight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is over my head. I've have four books I've managed to get on Kindle and thought this book would help me take things to a new level, polish them up, and perhaps understand... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nikki Hanna
This book should either be updated(HINT, HINT,) or taken down. It covers only Kindle 1 and 2 and the first iPhone app, all of which have long since been superseded. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by James R. Gallloway
I found EPUB Straight to the Point and Lynda.com videos much more helpful when I converted a book into electronic format.Published on May 19, 2013 by A.M.W.
I cannot stress enough how many times this book has aided me as a reference when I was completely stumped or if I simply needed to better understand a point or subject. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Timothy A Tobin
I don't know if my review is relevant now being that Kindle is automated in formatting and it is so much simpler now. BUT when I did get the book it was helpful.Published on March 15, 2013 by Ted A Benau
Easy and quite simple to understand, I use it to format my italian traditional recipes books. I also use other sources but this is ncice and well written. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Al Dente Kitchen
Good to know how kindle really works but brings little knowledge for those who really want to format things for kindle. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by JrBenito
I found the information helpful for submitting my first manuscript. The guidelines for formatting and page setup assisted me in getting the document converted and up on the site... Read morePublished on October 7, 2012 by Robert Stetson