Tips for Getting Started with Kindle E-Books for Social Biz Starters

Kindle E-Book Get StartedI’ve been working with a couple of clients to get their first Kindle e-books uploaded and published. And now that we’ve been at it for a few days, I can see there is some information you need to know before you start typing your new Kindle book into your word processor. So here’s a quick dash off for you (to be followed with some more in-depth step-by-step tutorials and some guidelines for marketing your Kindle books (or using Kindle books to in your marketing funnel).

Formatting Your Kindle E-Book

You may be used to a pretty straight forward process for creating e-books by using Word to create and format your document and then saving as a PDF for uploading to your website so that you can give it away or sell it.

To create a Word document as the first step in publishing your Kindle e-book, it’s good to know (before you start) the following:

1. How to structure your e-book: Create the body of your book first, starting on a new page for each new section and chapter of your book. Do this to make the pagination work no matter how your book pages are formatted during the upload process and no matter what size screen your reader uses to read your Kindle book.

Add a page at the beginning for your Table of Contents and then hyperlink the chapter headings in the TOC.

Do not use headers and/or footers in your Word document. They won’t “translate” as you save and convert your Word document before you upload to Kindle.

2. How to handle images: Images in Kindle have to be placed on their own “line”. Text will not wrap around an image the way it does in Word (or in your blog posts). Insert your images and center them.

Tables don’t “translate” either, so tables need to be turned into images and then inserted into your document (centered and on their own line).

I’ll go into more detail about book covers for Kindle books in another post this week.

3. How to save your Word document: Save as a Word document as a back-up copy and then — save as a web page (HTML). Here’s how:

Your next step, once you get your document ready to go is to save it as a “Web Page, Filtered”. Go to “Save As” and click on “Other Formats”. Then choose “Web Page, Filtered” from the drop down menu for the “Save as Type”.

4. How to convert your file to the right format for Kindle: Use Calibre or MobiPocket Creator software to convert the file to .mobi format. Check them out and “try before you buy”.

As I said, just a quick dash off on the fly while I’m working through this process for a couple of clients this week. Look for more tips and tutorials coming up this week during Kindle Week for Social Biz Starters. 😀

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