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Format Your Word Document for Amazon’s Kindle

by Katherine (Kaete) Mariaca on April 25, 2012

Yesterday, I received an email from Peggy asking the following:

“I am confused do I upload this as a word document or html file? You say Kindle will convert word then mention how to do tweaks in html. Can you clarify how this works?  Thank you”

In case there are others with the same question, I decided to post my reply:

Hi Peggy:

You CAN upload a Word document to Kindle.  Here is a quick primer – and then a few notes of explanation:

Fully complete your manuscript, including all edits,

  1. Review your manuscript to take out any extra lines you may have inserted,
  2. Save your manuscript by choosing “File”  then “Save As” and then “Web Page, Filtered”

“Web Page, Filtered” prepares your document in an html format.

If you are using a newer version of Word, you will see your document opened up without apparent margins.  Obviously, this is not html, and that is because Word no longer automatically offers you the opportunity to view the source code.  If you want to view the source code so that you can tweak it, you can do so in a few easy steps:

  1.  Click on the drop down button for your Quick Access toolbar.  This is the tool bar at the very top right of your Word screen.  It looks like this:

 

  1. Click on the right hand button that looks like a downward-pointing arrow with a dash on top of it (it is black)
  2. A dialogue box will open.  In “Choose Commands From”, choose “Commands not in the Ribbon”
  3. A new list of commands will open.  Choose “Web Page Preview” and then click “Add”
  4. Back in Word, you will see that a new button has been added to your Quick Access Toolbar.  In the illustration above, it looks like a piece of paper with a magnifying glass hovering over it.  Click on that
  5. This will open your document in a web browser.  You now want to view the source code.  Right click anywhere in the document and choose something that is similar to “View Page Source” (the wording is a bit different in each browser)

You now have the source code, html, open and can finesse it as you wish.

The great thing about the newest Kindle Generator is that you do not need to know html.  If you are not comfortable with html, then simply set everything up in Word, remove extra spaces (which are annoying when viewed on a Kindle) and then Save As Web Page, Filtered.  That will convert the code to html for you, which you then upload to the Kindle Generator at https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin

If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  If this still seems daunting, you can send me a few pages of your manuscript and I’ll take a quick look at it to see if there are any formatting errors that will cause you problems.

Best regards to you,

 

Katherine Mariaca-Sullivan

Madaket Lane Publishers

 

PS:  If you want step-by-step instructions, my book, “Format Your Word Document for the Kindle” is available at Amazon in Kindle format and at Fiverr.com as a PDF.

 

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