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Kindle Nonfiction Formatting Guide: Solve Your Nonfiction eBook Formatting Problems (How To Format Your Book For Kindle) [Kindle Edition]

Lis Sowerbutts
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Book Description

Want to make sure that your book is the highest quality as possible? You've written a great book, paid for editing and an awesome cover. But is your formatting letting you down? 

How many times have you seen a reviewer on Amazon slam a book with a comment along the lines of:  " This book had good information, but was let down by it's formatting."

In the Kindle Nonfiction Formatting Guide  you'll learn
  • how get sub-headings and bullets to behave right every time

  • to control your paragraphs so they are NOT indented on some Kindles 

  • to ensure that you have a table of contents available from Kindle's menu button

  • learn how easy it is to update books when you control the final formatted file

  • BONUS: signup for FREE updates and get  FREE copies of example files and on-going formatting tips!
About the Author

Lis Sowerbutts has been knocking around the worldwide web for a number of years.  She started writing he Non-Boring Travel Guides  partly because she was unhappy about how difficult it was to use traditionally published travel guides on her Kindle. The formats that worked well with paper books, didn't translate well to the Kindle.  

She then discovered that there was an awful lot of conflicting and confusing information about how to format for Kindle. In particular she found that the determination of many writers to keep on formatting using Word and other word-processing programs meant that instead of making their lives easier, they were making it more difficult. 

She figured out how to format her own books nicely, and took notes as she went. In the end the notes appeared to be the core of the book she'd wanted to buy on how to format Kindle nonfiction books. So she wrote the book she wanted to read: and now you can read it too.

Product Details

  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No more outsourcing required! August 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a fairly new author in the world of ebook publishing, the absolute worst part of the process was getting the formatting right. My books are non fiction, & the standard method taught by most is fine for fiction, but looked pretty sad for my non fiction books, particularly the auto indents that appeared on everything, whether I wanted them or not!

I have two books re formatted with Lis's instructions now, and they look great. Clickable Table of Contents, nice headings, sub headings, & indents only where I wanted them to be!

Was this easy? To be honest the first book was a struggle, (but this was more due to me being pretty challenged in the html department.) The second re format however, was a breeze, as I now had a "template" to work from. Had I taken the time to download the example files that are provided it would have been a lot easier I admit.

The instructions are clear, logically laid out, & pretty easy to follow. No expensive software required and the end result is great. For someone totally new to code, files, & linking this may be a bit beyond them, but there is an option in the book to contact the author, who will inexpensively do the job for you.

Perhaps my only criticism (& the reason for 4*'s) is not getting a clear enough picture of the relationship between the 3 files that are required. Once I got my head around that though, everything fell in place nicely.

This is a great guide for non fiction authors willing to spend an hour or two grasping the concepts of proper formatting. No more outsourcing required!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Star August 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read a great deal on Kindle formatting, from Amazon and from other sources and I can tell you first hand that this is easier to follow. It also reinforces what I've already learned.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Book August 9, 2012
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I write fiction, but wanted to learn a little more about adding charts, maps and other pictures and found this book fit the bill very well. It gave me just what I needed, and more. The instructions are clear and concise and I'm sure I will be consulting it frequently as I learn more. Readers also have the opportunity to get templates from the author -- a great bonus. I noticed a few small typos toward the begining of the book, but they weren't enough to spoil the reading or the content. If it were possible I'd give it 4.5 stars, but since it deserves better than a 4 I've given it 5 stars. It's definitely worth a look.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Book August 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My book, Liberty Inherited, was already out in paperback when I decided to offer it on Kindle. Not knowing any better, I just uploaded the same file I used for the paperback to the Kindle converter. Based on content, the Kindle version of book received great reviews but there were some complaints about the formatting.

I saw Liz Sowerbutts' book the Kindle Nonfiction Formatting Guide and decided to give it a try. I am glad that I did. Now Liberty Inherited is a fully formatted book with navigational Table-of-Content, functioning external and internal links, properly formatted graphics, and a vastly improved text, all of which the original version lacked. Additionally, the properly formatted book looks equally well on all Kindle devices. Overall, the changes I was able to make using Ms. Sowerbutts' guide has increased the book's readability and has created a much improved experience for the reader.

In the guide Ms. Sowerbutts takes you step-by-step through the process of properly formatting a nonfiction book for Kindle devices. The steps are fairly easy to follow and, if everything is typed in correctly, will produce a top-notch formatted book. You just need to have faith in the process and pay extremely close attention to what you are doing.

The only negative I found in the guide is that it does not explain the insertion of graphics very well. It touches on the subject, such as what size they should be, but then in very vague terms tell you how to insert them in the file. For several hours I was left trying to figure out how the image files would show up in the formatted book. Fortunately, about 10 years ago, I had taken an HTML class and I slowly began to remember how to insert an image if I was using HTML to create a website.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! What a lifesaver! January 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished formatting my first Kindle book with this guide and WOW! I've only formatted one other before this and it took me FOREVER and it totally turned out wrong. But my new book that I formatted with this guide? Perfection. I honestly cannot believe that I have a perfectly formatted Kindle book now.

Yes, the process is tedious but Lis does an excellent job of hand-holding (which I really needed!). And the best part? She offers free access to sample files once you get to the end of the book. In fact, I suggest you skip to the end to discover how to get the sample files and THEN go through the guide step-by-step.

I can definitely see this guide getting a lot of use from me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Non-Fiction Authors January 12, 2013
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I have written many non-fiction works for Kindle - and have routinely come across little formatting questions that no one seemed to be able to answer. Then I found this book (thanks to a colleague who recommended it). It is a great guide for non-fiction writers who want a workable table of contents, not to mention dealing with other Kindle challenges like bullets. Get this book if you write non-fiction for Kindle. It will save you a ton of time and a lot of headaches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise
This book really helped me format a very complex nonfiction book. Most Kindle formatting guides won't help you if you have multiple levels of subheads and lists with sublists. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kristen Stieffel
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a lifesaver that's for sure!
Formatting ebooks can be a bit challenging. So, this book answered all of my questions without the pain and frustration that normally goes along with a new project. Read more
Published 15 months ago by RB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory guide for the Kindle
I bought and read this short eBook as one of the books to help me write my own "Book Publishing Instructions" book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jeremy Myers - Writing at RedeemingGod
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise instructions
We were looking for a guide on ebook formatting for non-fiction books and this is probably the best one around for the genre. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Margrit Lohrer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information
Lots of good information, but a little too advanced for me, being a newbee to formatting publications for kindle distribution.
Published 21 months ago by Mark Young
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear and enjoyable take on an icky and boring subject!
I am in the midst of an ebook publishing project and have been dreading the formatting process. So I have been reading lots (4-5) of books on kindle formatting to try to get a... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rebecca Bogart
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well
I don't know that this is the best way to format your kindle book, because I haven't tried it any other way, but I do know that this book helped me get the job done. Read more
Published 23 months ago by plain jane
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest guide - a good teacher...
I purchased Lis's e-book to help with the conversion of my printed book. Unlike other guides, Lis does not promise I'll be able to "convert any book in two hours! Read more
Published on April 4, 2013 by P. Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly Written, Worth a Look Even If You Don't Want to Attempt HTML
Unlike some other books I've read on Kindle formatting, I actually loved the design and formatting of this book. Read more
Published on March 6, 2013 by Angelino
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Formatting Book I've Found!
After purchasing 4 other formatting books, I finally came across Lis's book. Her instructions are comprehensive and very easy to understand. Read more
Published on January 23, 2013 by RightWrite Productions
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More About the Author

I've been making a living online developing and promoting websites for a number of years. When I started publishing eBooks I figured the formatting would be simple. After all it was just a sub-set of HTML and I already was familiar with that code.

The formatting is fairly straightforward but the insistance of many author's and even Amazon's own Kindle help pages, that Microsoft's Word is a good basis for creating HTML is deeply flawed.

After buying and reading a lot of books which ranged from the mis-leading to the incomplete, I decided that I really needed to write my own.

I also ended up starting my own book formatting service for those who don't have the time or inclination to the DIY approach:


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