Sunday, 5 October 2014

Setting Up Your Kindle eBook

My Experience of Publishing an Ebook
I had my grandmother's biography manuscript and it kept playing on my mind to publish it. I discovered the easiest way to publish a book was to put it into a digital format and sell it to the world. Here's how you can learn from my experience. 

Designing an eBook Cover
There are two methods of creating a book cover.

1. Designing Your Own
Designing your own means the ENTIRE cover which includes the title, subheading and author. Kindle Direct Publishing accepts two types of files for cover images:
  • JPEG, or .jpeg
  • TIFF, or .tif(f)
KDP applies additional compression to images when displaying them on its website. For best results, images should be uploaded with minimal compression.

Kindle tells us that the requirements for the size of your cover art have an ideal height/width ratio of 1.6, this means:
  • A minimum of 625 pixels on the shortest side and 1000 pixels on the longest side (or a larger 1250 x 2000).
  • For best quality, your image would be 2820 pixels on the shortest side and 4500 pixels on the longest side.
I used 800 x 1100 for my cover. Remember to use 300pi resolution.
Free Images can be sourced at:
Product images display on the Amazon website using RGB (red, green, blue) color mode. Use color images whenever possible and relevant.

Watch this Video for More help on making your own cover

2. Using Kindle Cover Creator
Another option for making a book cover is taking advantage of Kindle's Cover Creator. This is a no fuss method and very easy to use. In the first method, above, your book cover was uploaded using the "Browse for Image" button. This time choose "Launch Cover Creator". Experiment using the options available. Anything can be changed at anytime so nothing is  permanent unless you want it to be.
Your book cover will be uploaded or created at this point of designing your book.

Formatting your Manuscript
Text eBooks
You probably already have a manuscript. Copy the text into a new Microsoft Word file using Paste/Special/Unformatted Text and save the new document as a 97-2003 doc. file.

Watch this video for further formatting knowledge before continuing. Then go through your document and give your chapter titles a heading using the Styles bar. Do not use anything larger than a size 16 font.

After watching the video follow the instructions in the image below, click to enlarge the images.

Do not change the size or font at this stage or try to re-centre anything. In the paragraph section there is what looks like a reverse ’P’. 

Click on that and it will show dots for spaces between letters, and paragraph symbols on your document and also where indicated, arrows, if you have used the tab key in error.

You now need to go through your entire document to check you have no double spaces between letters. Also that there are no dots at the beginning of a paragraph before the first letter. If there are any Tab arrows, you need to back space to the previous sentence and use the return key to create your paragraph. (Be careful not to back space too far and delete you punctuation or text.) You also need to double-check all previously italicised sentences or anything you had in Bold are not lost. If they are simply put them back in.

At the beginning or top of the page of your manuscript you are going to add a ""Title Page".
  • Press the return key to give you two spaces from the beginning of the document and type your book title.
  • Press the return key twice to give two more para spaces and type under that, ‘Author Name’. There must not be more than 4 paragraph spaces anywhere in your document. 
  • Insert page break  after’Author’.
  • Every separate page must have a page break otherwise all the text will run together.
To center the Book Title highlight the words, right click, Paragraph and select Align: Center. 
  • Go to the top of the next page and click you cursor and put two paragraph spaces and then type COPYRIGHT. 
  • Then another paragraph and type the title. 
  • Another paragraph and type, ‘Copyright 2014 – Author name’. (It is not recommended you put in the copyright symbol as on some devices it shows up differently.) 
  • Another paragraph and type All rights reserved. Repeat with paragraphs if you want to put anything else.
  • After your last chapter, it is a good opportunity to thank the customer for reading your book and tell them of any forth coming publications, dedications etc.
You are now ready to finish your hyperlinked Contents page
If you don't already have Chapter titles in the Contents page please write them in. Remember to leave two para markers at the top of the page and a page break below.

What you are going to do is to bookmark each of your chapters’ in the body of your book ‘uniquely,’ so that you can find them.
  • Highlight the first chapter title (not in the contents). Click on bookmark icon next to hyperlink (Insert page) In the click down box type the title.
Do this for all your chapter titles within your book.

When you have finished go back to your contents page. Highlight the first chapter under contents. This time click on Hyperlink. In the box that appears at the right hand side you will see ‘Bookmarks.’ Click this and your list of bookmarks will appear. Select the correct bookmark and click ok. You then have to click ok on the hyperlinks box and click OK. Repeat this for all your contents.

Resize images - Right click the image and select Format.  Under Picture you will find a Compress button. Select the options for "Apply to all Pictures" and "Change Resolution" to Web/Screen.

Uploading to Kindle
To check that everything is set out correctly save the Word file as "Web Page Filtered". This will give a preview of the final layout and is saved as a separate .html file.  Choose Yes when asked. If the new file opens automatically please close it.

Double click on the new .html file. It will open in a web browser. 

Check the layout and the links. If corrections are needed go back to the Word file and make your changes before resaving again. You might end up with seven versions of the same .html file before being happy with your books appearance and layout. Finally you are ready for the last step. Uploading to Kindle.

Go to and click ADD TITLE. The file to upload is the Word 97-2003 .doc file (the last version).

You will come to a section where you will be asked for your banks SWIFT code. You will find your TRADE & INTERNATIONAL PAYMENTS code on the following link.
For further help & instructions please read:

Graphic eBooks
Graphic novels are best designed in Kindle Comic Creator:
Kindle Comic Creator is a free tool for authors and publishers to turn their comics, graphic novels and manga into Kindle books. Download the tool from the link below.
And here is a good guide to learn how to use it!

How to upload new pages to Graphic Kindle Comic Creator

If you need to replace or add pages to your Kindle Graphic ebook you will first need to add the pages to the Kindle Comic Creator Tool. You are given the choice to open an existing book or to upload a new one.

Once the new pages have been added to the layout select 'Build'. When choosing your new .mobi file be sure to select the file with the LATEST DATE, as it is very easy to upload an old version (a new file will re-save in the same folder).

Download Free Kindle Reading Apps
And here's how to download kindle books to your PC if you don't own a kindle! Click on the link below and follow the instructions! Select your choice of downloading the app to your PC, Tablet or Smartphone as shown in the image below..  
Select your choice of downloading the app to your PC

Links Used 


Memoirs of an Australian Pioneer
My First Kindle eBook