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From Word to Kindle: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Microsoft Word, or Tips on Formatting Your Document So Your Ebook Won't Look Terrible (Kindle Publishing 1) by [Shepard, Aaron]
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CONTENTS
 
Getting Started
 
1 ~ FIRST STEPS
Working with Word | Document Setup | Text Cleanup
 
2 ~ KINDLE FORMATTING
Special Characters | Font Formatting | Paragraph Styles | Paragraph Spacing | Paragraph Justification | Line Breaking | Page Layout
 
3 ~ SPECIAL ELEMENTS
Other Paragraphs | Lists | Tables | Text Boxes and Sidebars | Footnotes and Endnotes | Pictures
 
4 ~ NAVIGATION
Web Links | Internal Links | Tables of Contents | Menu Items
 
5 ~ FINAL STEPS
HTML Export | Book Covers | Book Data | Submitting and Previewing
 
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SAMPLE #1
 
By default, Word will apply the Normal style to your paragraphs. Amazon knows this, so for some Kindles, it hijacks that style, changing its formatting to what Amazon prefers. This can lead, for example, to unwanted space above or below a paragraph.
 
If you want control of your own formatting, then, you'll have to avoid the Normal style and apply something different. There's no problem, though, with applying styles based on Normal, or even with applying a duplicate of Normal under a completely different name.
 
In regard to this, watch out for manual page breaks in recent versions of Word. Unless you're in Compatibility Mode, each break is now placed in a paragraph of its own, and the Normal style is assigned automatically. That in itself isn't a problem -- but if you then hit Return and start typing, your new paragraph will be in Normal as well. (This is another reason to stick to the paragraph format setting "Page break before" to start a new page.)
 
You can change all paragraphs already in Normal style to a different one by using the Format menu in the Find and Replace dialog. Don't enter any text, but place your cursor in first the Find box and then the Replace while choosing a style for each.
 
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SAMPLE #2
 
To save you some grief, I'll warn you right now that testing your Go To menu items may not do you much good. For example, due to numerous bugs, they are unlikely to work right or at all in files generated or even just viewed with Amazon's desktop Kindle Previewer. Your best bet is to test on a hardware Kindle with a preview copy converted on the Amazon KDP site.
 
But even if you get everything to test perfectly, it may mean nothing, because Amazon KDP staff may manually change the "start" location after publication. Yes, they may simply move it where they think it should be, and without telling you! (As far-fetched as this sounds, it is not speculation. KDP staff will confirm this themselves, if you ask them -- as I have.)
 
The only way to know if this has happened is to get a copy after the book has gone on sale. If you discover a change at that point, all you can do is ask KDP staff to change it back -- in the hope they'll comply -- or else send the book through again -- in the hope it will be treated better the next time. But on the Kindle as in life, there are no guarantees.
 
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SAMPLE #3
 
There's a great deal of confusion about Kindle tables of contents, and for good reason: There are actually two different kinds, and a Kindle book may have one, both, or neither. (Try to get Amazon to explain that to you!)
 
The first kind is an HTML table of contents, also called embedded, internal, or inline. When you export to HMTL, Word will generate one from a linked table of contents you've constructed on a page of your source document. Creating that table in Word is the subject of this section, while the next one tells how to get a link to your table of contents from the Kindle's Go To menu. The HTML table of contents is the only kind you can export from Word.
 
The second kind is an NCX table of contents, also called logical. NCX stands for "navigation control file for XML" or such, and it is a special type of file included in ebooks. The NCX file can be used to place content items like chapter headings directly onto the Kindle's Go To menu as a shortcut for readers. It can also set jump points for Kindles with physical navigation controllers.
 
While an NCX table of contents is a nice convenience, you don't really need one, as long as you have the HTML table. But besides that, there is no way to generate an NCX table with Word alone. Creating the NCX file requires special ebook software or hand-building in HTML -- well beyond the scope of this book. So, if you're trying to keep things simple, I suggest you forget about NCX tables of contents.
 
There's another reason you might want to ignore them: In late 2013, Amazon has been adding an NCX table of contents automatically to at least some books submitted without one. Chapter headings and other phrases might now be added to the Go To menu some time after publication -- not just by the time the book goes on sale! 
 
If you see such items in the menu for this book, that's how they got there. 
 

From the Inside Flap

 
BOOKS ON PUBLISHING BY AARON SHEPARD
 
FROM WORD TO KINDLE: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Microsoft Word, or Tips on Formatting Your Document So Your Ebook Won't Look Terrible. Using Word to prepare a Kindle book isn't nearly as difficult as many will tell you, but it's also not as simple and straightforward as others claim. In this book, Aaron offers his own tips for creating attractive, professional text with reasonable effort. 
 
PICTURES ON KINDLE: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Photos, Art, or Graphics, or Tips on Formatting Your Ebook's Images to Make Them Look Great. Almost everything you've read about formatting pictures for Kindle is wrong. Aaron brings his years of experience in book design, webmastering, and photography to bear on a single question: How do you make pictures look great on the Kindle?
 
HTML FIXES FOR KINDLE: Advanced Self Publishing for Kindle Books, or Tips on Tweaking Your App's HTML So Your Ebooks Look Their Best. Saving HTML from Word or another program can bring you maybe 80% of the way to a well-formatted ebook -- but what about the other 20%? Aaron provides the tips to bring your Kindle book to the next level.
 
THE BUSINESS OF WRITING FOR CHILDREN. Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children's author -- or even if you're well on your way -- this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books. Read "The Business of Writing for Children" to learn the secrets you might spend years discovering for yourself.
 
ADVENTURES IN WRITING FOR CHILDREN. Fifteen years after publishing "The Business of Writing for Children" -- Amazon.com's all-time bestseller among guides to children's writing -- Aaron returns with a new collection of articles on the art and business of creating literature for young people. Whether you're aiming at traditional publishers or choosing to self publish, let "Adventures in Writing for Children" help you pursue an adventure of your own. 
 
AIMING AT AMAZON: The NEW Business of Self Publishing, or How to Publish Your Books with Print on Demand and Online Book Marketing on Amazon.com. There has never been a self publishing manual like this. "Aiming at Amazon" is NOT about getting your book into bookstores. Instead, it lays out an innovative approach that targets sales on Amazon.com. It reveals how to make a book sell well online, with tips never before offered. And it doesn't stop there -- it gives you a way to publish your book that can greatly increase your profit per copy. Avoid publishing plans that handicap you almost before you begin. Let "Aiming at Amazon" introduce you to the NEW business of self publishing. 
 
POD FOR PROFIT: More on the NEW Business of Self Publishing, or How to Publish Your Books With Online Book Marketing and Print on Demand by Lightning Source. CreateSpace uses it. Lulu.com uses it. So do AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris, and almost every other self publishing company in the US, Canada, and the UK. Lightning Source is the printer and distributor at the heart of the "print on demand" industry. So, why pay a middleman? In this follow-up to his groundbreaking book "Aiming at Amazon," Aaron Shepard explores how to greatly increase your profit by working directly with Lightning. If you're serious about making money with POD publishing, this book can show you the way.
 
PERFECT PAGES: Self Publishing with Microsoft Word, or How to Design Your Own Book for Desktop Publishing and Print on Demand (Word 97-2003 for Windows, Word 2004 for Mac). Nowadays, new technologies and services have made it easier than ever to publish your book, but there's one question you may still face: Do I need an expensive page layout program, or can I just use a word processor like Microsoft Word? With this book as guide, you'll soon be producing pages from Word that no reviewer will scoff at.
 

Product details

  • File Size: 1263 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Shepard Publications (July 17, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 17, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FG163Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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