How to Publish a Book on Kindle

Publishing a book on Kindle is surprisingly easy. The hard part is composing the book itself. Amazon.Publishing a book on Kindle is surprisingly easy. The hard part is composing the book itself. Amazon.com’s proprietary software automates the process, so you’d better be sure that all elements are in place according to your intentions. Preparing your document Amazon recommends composing your book using Microsoft® Word, because of the ease of formatting the document. Either .doc or .docx is fine. If your book contains graphs or illustrations, be sure to insert them in JPEG (.jpg) format rather than copying from another source and pasting them into your document, and center them in the margins. If you want to insert a table using Word’s table features, it will be supported by KF8. While indentations, bold characters, italics and headings will be transferred seamlessly into your Kindle book, bullet points, special fonts, headers and footers will not, so avoid them. Insert a page break at the end of each chapter, so that the text does not run together and look unprofessional. If you want to manually indent paragraphs, don’t use tab spacing, as it will not convert for the Kindle. Instead, either use the Page Layout > Indent option or use the ruler at the top of the page to change the indentation. And don’t forget to use the spelling and grammar check, in addition to carefully proofreading the text yourself. You can create the full complement of front matter (title page, copyright page, dedication, etc.) for your book, or simply stick with the recommended minimum of a title page. The title page should be centered with the title on top and author’s name underneath, followed by an inserted page break. Numbered pages are not relevant to a Kindle book, since the pagination changes whenever the reader changes the font size. Assist your reader by creating an active Table of Contents. PC users can use Word’s built-in Table of Contents creator, while Mac users must use the hyperlink and bookmark functions to create one manually. Another unique feature of a Kindle book is the option to “Go To” the cover image, beginning of the text, and the Table of Contents from anywhere in the content. These sections are called “Guide Items.” If you upload a cover image, it will automatically be set as the first Guide Item. To set the Beginning, place your cursor where you want the book to start, click on Insert > Bookmark and name the bookmark Start; click Add. To set the Table of Contents, place the cursor at the top of the table, click Insert > Bookmark, name the bookmark TOC and click Add. Back matter consists of the last pages of your book, such as information about the author. There are no rules about presentation here, but an index is not recommended at this time. Publishing, at last! The final step before publishing is to save as Filtered HTML. Save your Word file to the Documents folder or Desktop in Web Page Filtered (*HTM & *HTML) for PC or Web Page (.htm) for Mac. Any images will be stored in a separate folder saved in the same location as the HTML. It may sound superfluous, but this format is required for a successful ebook. Now go to Amazon’s home page, click the link at the bottom of the page (Kindle Direct Publishing), and enter your account information. Click the upload button and complete the remaining metadata in KDP. When the Save and Publish button becomes active, click it! In a few seconds, your book will be uploaded, and within 48 to 72 hours, it will be available for purchase. Congratulations! You are now a “published author”! com’s proprietary software automates the process, so you’d better be sure that all elements are in place according to your intentions.

Preparing Your Document

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