10 Kindle Formatting Tips


5. Remove Tab Spacing
The Kindle conversion process doesn’t like tab spacing. Some people use tab spacing instead of the paragraph styles indent options.

In Microsoft Word, you can remove tab spacing by doing the following:

  1. On the Home tab in the ribbon menu, click the Replace button at the far right or use the shortcut key combo of CTRL + R.
  2. In the Find and Replace window, click in the Find what: text box, and enter ^t. Leave the Replace with: text box blank.
  3. To make all changes automatically, click the Replace All button. Continue clicking the Replace All button until it returns “0 Results.”

6. Centered Text
Don’t use the space bar or tab key to center text. This may give text the appearance of being centered in your document; however, Kindle e-reader settings will not interpret this text as centered. If you must center text, use the align format option and select center alignment.

7. Footnotes Or Endnotes
For citations, footnotes don’t work with e-books, primarily because you cannot determine where the end of a page will fall in an e-reader. The best option is to use endnotes instead. Endnotes can be included at the end of each chapter or at the end of the book.

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Great tips! I did not know about the page breaks! I am pretty sure I would hire a freelancer though. I am far better at the creative process than the details.

Thanks for this – I currently have a downloadable e-book on my site and was thinking of making it a kindle product. Your instructions are really easy to follow!

What a great tips!! your instructions are so easy 🙂

I never knew there were certain formatting settings that kindle doesn’t like. These are amazing tips that will help any author or aspiring author.

Thank goodness! Finally a list of instructions that are easy for me to follow! Thanks for all of the tips!

Ctrl + R right justifies in the two version of Word I use (2003 and Office 365). But Ctrl + H does bring up Replace. I’ve always thought of it as the H in cHange. 🙂