Over the past few months, I encountered a number of people who told me, “I’d really like to read your books, but I only read books on Kindle.” Now I knew I had to make Well Considered and Cologne No. 10 For Men available on Kindle if I wanted to share them with these and other Kindle readers. By the way, if you want to send someone a Kindle book gift, go to “Giving and Receiving Kindle Book Gifts” at http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_200555070_gifting&nodeId=200555070
Amazon will send your recipient an email message saying, “Congratulations, you received a Kindle book gift! You can download the book to your Kindle device or a free Kindle reading application.” The message then provides instructions for the recipient.
Authors: How To Get Your Books on Kindle:
Now that I’ve succeeded in publishing my books on Kindle, let me share what I’ve learned with other authors. It’s easy to do if you know how to do it. If you don’t, you may end up fighting your way through endless files and pages and FAQs that bear no relation to your questions and going around and around without ever getting close to the solution. That was my experience. And of course, you face this daunting task with — in the words of the old Fatts Waller song — “no one to talk with, all by myself.” Now, having survived the experience, let me recommend that you follow these steps:
1) View the Video Tutorial: http://forums.digitaltextplatform.com/dtpforums/entry.jspa?externalID=362. If you find you need more information, go to “Publish Your Content” at http://forums.digitaltextplatform.com/dtpforums/entry.jspa?externalID=33&categoryID=7
2) Format your book in a WORD (doc.) document*, following the “Simplified Guide to Building a Kindle Book.” (See Building your book, below) http://forums.digitaltextplatform.com/dtpforums/entry.jspa?externalID=553&categoryID=7 I found that I did not need to use “Mobipocket Creator.”
3) Sign In on https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/signin. This will take you to your “Bookshelf.”
4) Click on “Add A New Title” (https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/edit-book/one?digitalItemId=ACDSJNMRO7JCZ ), fill out the form, upload your “Book Content File” (your formatted WORD document in a doc file) and book cover (Image must be in TIFF (.tif/.tiff) or JPEG (.jpeg/.jpg) format, a minimum of 800 pixels in width and 1200 pixels in height at 72 dpi for optimal viewing.), and so on…
Now you’re off and running. If you have any questions on any of this, be sure to contact Amazon.com, not me!
*Building your book (from http://forums.digitaltextplatform.com/dtpforums/entry.jspa?externalID=553&categoryID=7 )
Word is a great tool to use because it’s extremely easy to format. We suggest writing your book in Word or converting an existing source file into Word (.doc) format before continuing. Remember these important tips below to ensure an excellent eBook presentation.
- File Format: Save your content in .doc format, not .rtf or .docx (which don’t translate well to Kindle.) Save your work periodically as you make changes to ensure all changes are recorded.
- Layout: Use indentations, bold characters, italics and headings, as they will translate into your Kindle book. However, bullet points, special fonts, headers, and footers will not be transferred so avoid those.
- Page Breaks: Enter a page break at the end of every chapter to prevent the text from running together. To insert a page break in MS Word, click “Insert” at the top menu bar and select “Page Break.”
- Image Placement: Images should be inserted in .jpeg format with center alignment (don’t copy and paste from another source). Select “Insert” > “Picture” > locate and select file. Although the Kindle device can display images, it has a grey scale electronic interface so image heavy books are better viewed on color-supported devices such as iPad, iPod, PC, and Mac.
- Spellcheck and Grammar: This tool is always your friend to ensure a professional presentation free of typos. Use this tool, but also manually proofread your file to ensure no errors are missed by the automated checker.
Note: http://forums.digitaltextplatform.com/dtpforums/entry.jspa?externalID=21&categoryID=29 gives the other supported formats.