- File Size: 375 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 9, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00822K3Z0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,702 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
Building Your Book for Kindle for Mac Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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After you've formatted your ebook you save it in "html" format - on word it is filtered html format, on Mac instead of saving the entire file into html, you choose to save only display information. You can download Kindle previewer which makes it easy to check your work in progress and to fix anything that doesn't look right or that doesn't work.
I've purchased and read several books on formatting ebooks for Kindle and this short and free ebook proved the best so far. You can format your ebook in minutes following the instructions presented here.
The other writers all assured me the first book is hellacious. They were right. I have several books on the subject that I've slogged through -- they're fine, but they were difficult. Like most fiction writers, I'm supremely ADD and directions can be difficult for me to comprehend, let alone retain. But this little book, specifically for use with my Mac, has just ended weeks of torture. I don't yet own a Kindle -- I need to make some money first -- so I downloaded it onto my iPhone last night and read it in bed. I've done the same with the longer books, but end up falling asleep, drowning in instructions. Building Your Book for Kindle for Mac amazed me. First, I didn't fall asleep. Second, I understood what I was reading, and third, when I went back over it just now, I still understood it. (It's a miracle!) The ebook version of Candle Bay will be up in hours now. (The paperback version of Candle Bay is already available.)
Other books make things more complicated than necessary, but this little instruction manual is clear and concise. Thank you, Amazon! I'll have my four books up in no time now!
As an important step of the process you save the Word file as a html document and this just doesn't work when you are reading the finished document on a Kindle Paperwhite. Word messes up the formatting. After extensive investigations I realized that the Word-generated html-file contains style definitions that can't be there if the file is to work with the Paperwhite. I had to open the html-file in a script editor, remove all the "font family" definitions, and exchange all the font sizes with percentages (instead of pixels or points, the font size of normal text should be given as "100%", of a heading e.g. "120%" etc).
I really wish that Amazon would update this otherwise excellent text with clear instructions on how to overcome this problem. I also did not manage to get the table of contents to work on the Paperwhite, but I am working on it... Clearer instructions are needed here too.
It's a good start. I did upload my book several times and used the Kindle preview feature to see how the book looked and
then would make additional formatting corrections. However, when I uploaded what I thought would be a good copy (based on the preview), there were still some spacing and imaging issues that I just don't know how to resolve. And, a few of the images that uploaded nicely in my published book would not upload into Kindle...fortunately, I had two alternative images that worked but were not my choice. I would suggest that Kindle have someone that you could call when you think all is done correctly. I've left my book up on Kindle, but I'm still trying to figure out how to resolve the issues and then upload the book as it is formatted in my paperback.
K. Kris Loomis is the author of How to Sneak More Yoga Into Your Life and the Modern Shorts for Busy People series.