Creating a Kindle Book
Reading has been around many, many years. Twenty years ago, kids grew up on books and adults studied from textbooks or read books for knowledge and enjoyment. There was no Google or Youtube. But even with the rise of Google and Facebook, books still have a very high appeal.
However, the form of reading has changed and evolved as people have. Back in the day, there was no substitute for a hardcover book that you bought from a bookshop or rented from the library.
However, with the rise of technology, the methods of reading have changed quite a bit. The two main types of reading styles are traditional reading vs Online or Digital reading. With this change, you can now read an entire book on your phone, tablet, Kindle or PC.
With this evolution, authors have had to adapt their books to keep with the current trends. Books are now PDF’s that we read online or Ebooks that we download to an e-reader to read at a convenient time. One of the most popular of these is the Kindle.
What is the kindle?
According to Digital Unite, A Kindle is a small hand-held electronic device for reading books, which has been developed by the online retailer, Amazon. Kindle is one of the most popular readers to view an e-book.
Just like Google has become famous with “Searching on the web”, Kindle has become synonymous with “downloading and reading e-books”.
As such, authors now need to be able to format their books to be read as an e-book. An e-book has the unique functionality to scale the size of the text for ease of use, it’s crucial to set up the Kindle file correctly from scratch to eliminate any possible issues down the line.
Setting up my Kindle file
In the following guide, we will show you how to prepare a text document (e.g. Word doc) so that it’s perfectly optimized for converting into a Kindle book.
- Remove any headers or footers in the document
- Make sure all body text is formatted to the same size (e.g. Times New Roman 12pt)
- Remove any tabs or spaces used to indent paragraphs.
- Use the paragraph dialogue box to denote paragraphs and not tabs or spaces.
- Use the page break tool to break up pages and not enter.
- Add extra spacing after the paragraphs for better readability.
- Use default header formatting to create a table of contents dynamically
- Use numbered lists instead of typing numbers.
- Use styles for headers instead of bolding font or increasing size, etc.
Now that we have formatted our text document so that it’s ready for conversion – let’s make our kindle book!
Converting my document into a Kindle book
Now that we have correctly optimized our document for Kindle, we can now convert our text document.
- First download the following app, Kindle Previewer.
- Select New Book
- Upload your formatted document (e.g. Word file)
- The previewer app will now preview your book.
- Check to see that everything looks good, if not you will have to fix it on the Word doc.
- Once the doc looks good in preview mode, you can now proceed to the actual conversion.
- Go to Export book in the menu and select the .mobi file (MOBI is the official extension for Kindle files)
- It will now export for you, and there you have it – your KINDLE book is now ready to be downloaded and read.
As an author, you need to adapt to the times. Kindle is a rapidly growing form of reading and its very important that books are formatted the right way for Kindle devices.
Contact us if you need any help with formatting your books for Kindle reading.