Kindle Book Format

If you are looking to buy the Amazon Kindle eBook reader, or perhaps just curious about which formats the kindle is capable of using, then you have come to the right site.

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Kindle Book Format is: Kindle (AZW, TPZ). The Amazon Kindle also supports the following formats: TXT, MOBI, PRC and PDF natively; HTML and DOC through conversion

As you can see from the above list, the device has good support for documents, and also supports web documents with HTML compatibility

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Okay, so you are going to start selling an eBook on the Amazon Kindle. Good choice. The Kindle has taken the e-reader industry by storm and is far and away the leader in its field. However, there are a few things you need to do in order to get your text in the Kindle book format. Do not be concerned though, none of it is rocket science. In this article we will inform you of the simple ways to go about this.

First of all, it is important that you be aware of the fact that Kindle is not graphic-friendly. While traditional ebooks can be dressed up with nice graphics and pretty color pictures and so on, this is not the case with Kindle. The Kindle displays four shades of gray so what you will be looking for when putting your book on it is just simple black text on a white background.

Now, for the types of formats that you can upload to Kindle. They are HTML, unencrypted ebook files in the .mobi format, Microsoft Word (.doc), plain text (.txt) and Portable Document Format (Adobe PDF). Do note that should you choose to go with Microsoft Word, it is suggested you choose the “Save As HTML” option.

If you happen to go with plain text, you should use the minimum of amount of formatting possible. Use little if any hard line breaks. The paragraphs of your text should be one long line that automatically wraps in your text editor at the edge of the screen. And should Adobe PDF be your files of choice, be aware the quality at which it converts may not always be what you wanted.

Some tips to remember if using Microsoft Word without a Table Of Contents. If you have noticed, most books are pretty basic. They tend to be single-spaced with a double space between paragraph breaks. This is how you ideally want your Kindle document to be. These are the suggested guidelines:

Insert a tab in the first line of each paragraph. This tends to make it easier to read on the Kindle. Now, not all the books on Kindle are like this, but you will be doing your readers a big favor if you tab the first line.

Single space the document and use double-spacing in between chapters and/or sections of your book. This also increases ease of reading.

It is also appealing to the eye and simply makes your book look better if you use Microsoft Word’s Heading Styles in your Chapter or Section titles. Just highlight the title and then click the Heading Style button of your choice. As easy as that.

Spell check and proofread. I cannot emphasize these points enough. Take as much time as needed to do this. You only have to do it once, and even though it may seem like a pain, it is well worth it. Hey, it’s your name and reputation riding on the product.

And when you save the document, remember to Save As “Web Page, Filtered.” Note that if you are using Word 2007, this will be under “Other Formats.” And if you already own a Kindle, then do send your finished document as an email attachment to the email associated with your Kindle account, i.e johnsmith at kindle.com. Amazon will then automatically convert your document into its Kindle book format and send it straight back to your Kindle, just like that.

We hope that you have found this information to be useful and best of luck in your Kindle endeavors.

Formatting For Kindle

The familiar Microsoft Word simplifies the process of document formatting for Kindle. As every book is intended to convey information, the following important points need to be checked so that the e-book is properly rendered on Kindle and readers can easily follow through the content.

  • File format
  • Layout
  • Page breaks
  • Image placeholders
  • Grammar and spellcheck

File formatting for Kindle

In file format, it is best to save the document in the earlier DOC format with the .doc extension. Document file formats such as RTF (rich text file) and DOCX (the latest format used in MS Office 2007 and 2010) have compatibility issues when ported to the Kindle platform.

Layout commands

In terms of layouts, e-book writers are allowed to use indentations and headings. These layout guides when used properly can improve the overall readability of the text. In addition, italicized text formatting for Kindle is also supported as well as bold characters. Nonetheless, a simple list of items using bullet points cannot be transported to the platform. Special fonts are likewise unsupported. Headers and footers are also not transferrable to the final Kindle format.

Inserting page breaks

Since the e-book once transported to the platform follows a dynamic layout depending on the preference of the reader, pages are not assigned by the e-book layout. Instead, page breaks are used whenever a whole new page is intended for the next line of text. Page breaks are particularly important when another major section or chapter is begun so that texts are prevented from running together. Pressing CTRL and Enter keys together inserts a page break. The command can also be found under the Insert Tab.

Inserting images

In formatting for Kindle, only the JPEG image file is allowed to be inserted. If the image file is not yet in JPEG format, then it must be converted to the said file format using image conversion software. Once the image file is inserted, it should be formatted with center alignment. Full-color images are well supported by colored versions of the Kindle. However, some versions of the e-book reader use monochromatic electronic paper display; in which case, images are converted with 16 shades of gray to achieve high contrast and preserve clarity.

Proofreading grammar and spelling

Another advantage when formatting with MS Word is the grammar and spellcheck tool of the application. Typographical errors and common violations in grammar rules are easily pointed out by the automated proofreading tool. While common errors are easily marked and corrected, manual proofreading is still recommended so as to ensure flawless content.

Final formatting for Kindle

With all the formats properly applied, an optional table of content might be added using the Active TOC tool of MS Word. Finally, the last step in formatting for Kindle will be saving the document as a webpage-filtered HTML file.