How Do You Format a Kindle eBook
This is a guide on how to format a Kindle eBook using Microsoft Word. Kindle Format 8 books can also be designed in HTML. For tips and tricks for designing your book in HTML please click here. The content of this posts has been taken from KDP’s help page so when you are ready to publish your eBook to Kindle be sure to visit their help page for any last minute updates.
In the meantime, this guide will help get you started as you turn your eBook manuscript into a eBook format ready for Kindle publishing.
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- Building Your Book
- Creating Front Matter
- Formatting Text
- Creating an Active Table of Contents
- Guide Items
- Creating Back Matter
- Saving as Filtered HTML
- Uploading Your Book For Sale on Amazon
Building Your book for Kindle Publishing
Word is a great tool to use because it’s extremely easy to format. You should write your book in Word or convert it to an existing source file into Word (.doc or .docx) format before continuing. Remember these important tips below to ensure an excellent eBook presentation.
File Format: Save your content in DOC or DOCX format. Save your work periodically to avoid losing your changes as you go.
Tables: If your book requires tables, select “Insert Table” in Word.
Layout: You can use Word-default paragraph indentations, bold characters, italics and headings in your Kindle book. Avoid special fonts, headers, and footers, which do not translate into Kindle format.
Page Breaks: Insert a page break at the end of every chapter to keep the text from running together. In Word, click “Insert” at the top menu bar and select “Page Break.”
Line Breaks: Don’t hit enter at the end of a line. Word automatically wraps to the next line as you type. If you need to insert a line break in the middle of a paragraph or sentence, press Shift+Enter together so the spacing between sentences will stay the same.
Image Placement: Insert JPEG formatted images with center alignment. Don’t copy and paste from another source.
In Word, select “Insert” > “Picture” > then locate and select the file. If your book has a lot of images, it can be viewed in color by readers using our free Kindle apps for PC, MAC, iPad, iPhone, and Android. Otherwise, images on Kindle are displayed in 16 shades of gray for optimal contrast and clarity.
Don’t include your cover image in your manuscript file. When you publish or re-publish your book, KDP automatically add your cover image to the inside.
Spellcheck and Grammar: Use Word’s built-in spellcheck and grammar tools, but proofread your file manually as well. The automated tools may not catch every error.
Creating Front Matter for Kindle Publishing
Front matter is the beginning pages of a book, which may include a Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Preface, and Prologue. For a stylish and professional presentation, you should add a Title Page at a minimum.
Title Page: The title page should be centered with the title on top and Author Name underneath, like in the example below. Insert a page break.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
By Mark Twain
-Insert Page Break Here-
To insert a page break in Word, click “Insert” at the top menu bar and select “Page Break.”
Copyright Page: This page normally follows the Title Page. Insert a page break after the Copyright details.
Dedication: If you have a customized Dedication, it should follow the Copyright page. Be sure to insert a page break.
Preface: If you have a Preface, it should follow the Dedication. Be sure to insert a page break.
Prologue: If your book includes a Prologue, it should follow the Preface. Be sure to insert a page break.
Formatting Text for Kindle Publishing
Once you’ve created your front matter, you’re ready to format the rest of your text. The indentations, text spacing, and separate paragraphs should have been included when you built your book in Word.
The remaining step is to insert a page break after the last sentence of each book chapter to keep them from running together. Depending on the number of chapters you have, this may be a time-consuming process but the effort is worth the improved reading experience.
During publishing, your book may be converted to support enhanced typesetting, a feature that standardizes displays and improves readability across Kindle devices and applications.
Tab spacing doesn’t convert to Kindle. Instead, indent paragraphs by clicking in front of the line you want to indent. On the Page Layout tab in Word, click the Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher, and then click the “Indents and Spacing” tab. In the Special list under “Indentation”, click “First line” and then in the “By” box. Set the amount of space that you want the first line to be indented.
The indentations will appear in the Kindle content only if they’re present in the Word DOC. If there are no indentations in the DOC, you can set the indentation in the DOC file using the ruler and then save the file as HTML before uploading to KDP. If you’ve saved your content as HTML, you’ll need to format the paragraphs using tags in order for the indentations to convert correctly.
Kindle eBooks are reflowable and can be viewed with different font sizes, so page numbers and page count don’t apply. When submitting your book, remember that KDP don’t allow content that disappoints our customers, including content that’s too short.
See this Help page for more information about disappointing content.
Drop caps are large capital letters at the beginning of a block of text with two or more lines of regular text. They are typically used for the first letter of the first sentence of a chapter. Here’s an example:
Drop caps are supported, but they may not appear the way you want them to if uploaded directly from a Word document. To ensure the drop caps look as intended, you can format your manuscript in HTML. For more information on formatting drop caps, see section 9.3.6 of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines.
You can also use our manuscript and publishing tools to add elements like drop caps. Use Kindle Create (Beta) to automatically transform a completed manuscript into a beautiful Kindle eBook. Or, if you’re still working on your manuscript in Word, use Kindle Create Add-in for Microsoft Word (Beta) to apply book themes.
Creating an Active Table of Contents
KDP recommend an active Table of Contents in your book for ease of navigation. Since Kindle content is resizable, page numbering doesn’t really apply.
On a PC, you can use Word’s built-in Table of Contents tool.
On a Mac, you’ll need to create a Table of Contents manually using the Hyperlink and Bookmark functions.
Uploading your eBook for Sale on Amazon
Once you’re satisfied with the quality and presentation of your book, upload your file to your KDP Bookshelf and complete the publication process.
For information on timelines, including details on new publications and updates to published books, see the Kindle Publishing Help page.