The Amazon Kindle format is very basic HTML with a little support for CSS. For those with little HTML experience, try these steps to format your ebooks for Amazon Kindle:
– Edit your ebook in Microsoft Word or your word processing program, removing any unnecessary elements. Bullet points, special fonts, headers, and footers will not be transferred.
Layout: Use indents, bold text, italics and headings. Avoid fancy fonts, headers, footers and bullet points.
Page Breaks: To keep your text from running together, click Insert -> Page Break after each chapter.
Images: Be aware that your images will not show up in color! Unless your reader is using a Kindle app on their smartphone or computer, images show up in shades of grey. Use JPEGs, and center-align them.
Table of Contents: Use Microsoft Word’s built-in table of contents creator (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/285059). Page numbers don’t apply in ebooks, because the user can resize the text and scroll freely.
– Click File -> Save as Web Page. This turns your ebook into an HTML file.
– Download a program to convert the HTML file into a Kindle-supported ebook file (Mobi). Try http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000234621.
– Log into your Kindle Direct Publishing account (https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin), and upload your ebook. Preview to check the formatting, and submit if everything looks right!
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