By Aaron Shepard
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Have you ever jumped to a brand new bankruptcy in a Kindle ebook and obvious that the bankruptcy heading had misplaced its formatting? have you ever opened a Kindle e-book to discover that the font began approach too small or manner too huge? have you ever attempted to alter to another font whereas analyzing and found you couldn't? Has a Kindle thoroughly missed formatting you knew was once within the book?
According to Amazon, the easiest technique to post your Kindle booklet is to add an HTML dossier you've stored from Microsoft observe or one other be aware processor. on its own, that process can convey you possibly eighty% of ways to a well-formatted, ordinary book. yet what concerning the different 20%?
In this follow-up to his bestselling "From observe to Kindle," Aaron Shepard takes your stored HTML as a place to begin and tells the way to fast tweak and music it to prevent universal difficulties. Assuming no wisdom of HTML, he introduces the fundamentals of the language, then finds tips on how to use find-and-replace and macros to the touch up a whole publication in seconds!
If you're eager about Kindle publishing and you're technically susceptible -- yet now not a full-fledged geek -- Aaron offers the guidelines you must convey your Kindle booklet to the subsequent point, making it anything really to be pleased with.
From the author:
If you're publishing on Kindle, likelihood is you will have your ebook to appear its absolute best. yet that frequently calls for a role no longer played through such a lot Kindle authors -- particularly, solving the HTML you submit.
Many authors persist with Amazon's instructed method of create their Kindle e-book: Compose in Microsoft be aware, export to HTML -- the language of ebooks and the net -- then undergo Amazon KDP. It's an strategy I speak about intimately in my e-book "From observe to Kindle." different authors use comparable equipment with different be aware processors.
Done appropriately, formatting in a note processor like observe can convey you possibly eighty% of how to a well-formatted book. but when you will have your ebook to seem pretty much as good because it can, there's that different 20% to fret approximately. Now, perfection just isn't attainable at the Kindle, given the quirks, insects, and barriers of the platform itself. yet you could come nearer -- if you're keen to tinker with HTML.
Does that concept scare you? It doesn't have to. You don't need to learn that language (though it definitely won't harm if you happen to do are looking to learn). All you would like is with a purpose to realize small bits of code I'll indicate to you, and shift it or exchange it with different bits. many of the alterations might be performed with basic find-and-replace operations. in truth, if you happen to manage a grasp macro as i like to recommend, the entire task may be complete in seconds.
Here are many of the belongings you can accomplish via adjustments in HTML.
* regulate bookmarks so headings keep right formatting while jumped to.
* eliminate settings that cease the person from making a choice on their own.
* continue fonts from showing a lot too small or a lot too huge whilst the ebook is opened.
* make certain indents and different spacing remains relative to greater and smaller font sizes.
* Make up for positive aspects misplaced in translation out of your observe processor, like nonbreaking hyphens.
* cease "ghost hyphens" from showing in the midst of words.
* hold pages of textual content from disappearing for a few users.
* hinder the Kindle from making use of its personal defaults as opposed to your settings.
Since be aware is the commonest device for producing HTML for Kindle, I'll concentration totally on Word's exported code, making this publication an ideal significant other to my previous one. but when you're utilizing a special note processor or a devoted e-book instrument -- or maybe if you're writing HTML at once -- the overall rules I supply may still aid. in truth, I'll supply a few tips about Kindle formatting with HTML that you simply won't locate even in books devoted to that approach.
Aaron Shepard is a ultimate proponent of the recent enterprise of ecocnomic self publishing, which he has practiced and helped strengthen due to the fact 1998. he's the writer of "Aiming at Amazon," "POD for Profit," "Perfect Pages," and Amazon's number one and #2 bestselling paid books on Kindle formatting, "From observe to Kindle" and "Pictures on Kindle."