10 Kindle Formatting Tips

April 13, 2016 | Posted in April 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge, Author Resources, XterraWeb Book Blog | By

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Authors can learn how to format their books themselves, or they can hire freelancers. Whether you choose to format your own book or hire someone, these tips will help with the formatting process.

10 Kindle Formatting Tips. Kindle e-book formatting.

1. Research or Hire a Freelancer
If you choose to format your own book, there are many guides, tutorials, and videos available to help with e-book formatting.

Recommended Guides

If you choose to hire someone, thoroughly vet that individual or company. Consider pricing, turnaround time, testimonials from previous clients, experience, work samples, and files you’ll receive.

Recommended Formatters

2. Use Page Breaks
Use a page break for each new chapter/heading. Kindle doesn’t use actual page numbers as pages change based on e-reader settings (e.g., font, text size, line spacing).

Using page breaks after each chapter will ensure the chapters are clearly sectioned for readers and the next chapter begins on a new “page.”

In Microsoft Word, create a page break by simultaneously pressing the CTRL and Enter keys or by going to the Insert tab in the ribbon menu and then clicking the Page break button.

3. Layout Options—Kindle Conversion Likes/Dislikes
The Kindle conversion process can be “picky.” There are layout (or formatting) options Kindle likes and doesn’t like. The options that aren’t liked should be avoided.

Kindle Conversion Likes

  • Indentations
  • Bold
  • Italics
  • Underline
  • Headings styles
  • Paragraph Format Styles

Kindle Conversion Dislikes

  • Two spaces after periods
  • Tab spacing
  • Bullet points
  • Headers
  • Footers
  • Text boxes
  • Auto numbering
  • Tables
  • Special fonts
  • Special Word styles

4. Use One Space After Periods (full stops)
The Kindle conversion process doesn’t like two spaces after periods. Only one space should be used.

In Microsoft Word, you can check for and remove the extra space 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 a period with two spaces after it. Next, click in the Replace with: text box, and enter a period with one space after it.
  3. To make all changes automatically, click the Replace All button. Continue clicking the Replace All button until it returns “0 Results.”

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.

8. Using Images
Images can be included in e-books. For your images to be displayed properly, certain guidelines must be followed.

The preferred file format is JPEG (.jpeg or .jpg). JPEG files can be re-sized easily in Kindle-sized format. A resolution of 300dpi will provide the highest quality images. Check image height and width requirements through Amazon as these will be different depending on the purpose of the image (e.g., chapter heading, scene break, image within text).

Images should be kept on their own line and centered. Don’t “float” images to the left or right of text or “wrap” images with text.

If you are using Microsoft Word to insert images into your e-book file, use the ribbon menu Insert tab and then click Picture. DO NOT Copy and Paste images from another program into Microsoft Word.

9. Pages/Content Order
Your e-book file should contain certain pages/content in a specific order. Depending on the author and the book, some of these will be optional. Some authors choose to include “extras” in their front matter such as excerpts from reviews of their book or a call to action. The order of back matter pages is not set in stone and will vary depending on the author and what he/she chooses to include. It should be noted that some authors choose to include the Acknowledgments with Back Matter to ensure as much of the first chapter is available for Amazon Look Inside and Download Sample features.

  1. Book Cover
  2. Clickable Table of Contents (ToC)
  3. Front Matter Pages: Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Acknowledgments, Preface or Prologue
  4. Book Content
  5. Back Matter: Author Bio, Call to Action (e.g., website and social media links, newsletter signup link, review link, other book links), List of Author’s Other Books, Note from the Author, Glossary, Appendices, Index, and Preview/Sneak Peek to the first chapter or two for one of the author’s other books.

10. Preview Kindle e-book File
Preview your Kindle e-book file to check if it will display correctly in all Kindle e-readers. This can be done easily by using the Kindle Previewer and Kindle Gen tools which are available for download under Prepare Your Book > Tools and Resources.

Please comment with your experiences and tips for ebook formatting. If you hired someone and would like to recommend them, please share their link in the comments.

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Jim Rudnick, Science-fiction author

April 12, 2016 | Posted in April 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge, Author Spotlights, XterraWeb Book Blog | By

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Jim Rudnick. Indie author. Science-fiction author. The RIM Confederacy. The Bones series.Introducing Jim Rudnick, Science-fiction author.

Author Bio:
Being a youngster in the 1950’s meant that I was a voracious reader in what has been called the Golden Age of Science Fiction. That meant that for me, my heroes were not on the hockey rink or gridiron – but instead in my local Library where at 12 I had a full Adult card (thanks Dad!) and took out more than 5 books a week.

Everyone from Heinlein, Norton, Leiber, Pohl, Anderson, Simak, Asimov, Brackett, Van Vogt and more….I fell in love with and eventually owned Ace Doubles of my own. While I never knew who wrote the Tom Corbett – Space Cadet series, I fell in love with them and they had a place of honor on my own bookcase too!

With that kind of an introduction to Science Fiction, it’s no wonder that when I got my writing work done, I turned my own fictional side of my brain to writing same. It’s one thing I know to write – and a totally different matter to release same to the world – something that I’ve just started to work on….suffice it to say my own works are rooted in that Golden Age and it’s that era that I’d like to one day be known as a teensy contributor to in some small way.

Visit Jim Rudnick’s website to learn more about the author and his books.

Jim Rudnick has written both non-fiction, which was published traditionally, and Science-fiction, which he is independently publishing. His first Science-fiction series is The RIM Confederacy.

“It was a loose confederation of more than 40 realms that was a place where the detritus of the galaxy ends up … where the inhabitants are for the most part lonely iconoclasts or mavericks or hermits. Stellar worlds and republics, Duchies, Baronies and feudal planets and systems, and more. Aliens and humans combined into one large left-out slice of the galaxy that was more than 25,000 light-years from Earth, from where man had come centuries earlier. And now at the edge of the galaxy, the Confederacy looked outwards … at nothing within reach. Deep space…and the Rim…”
—Jim Rudnick

Pirates (RIM Confederacy, Book1 ) by Jim Rudnick

The RIM Confederacy series currently contains seven books and is available on Amazon for purchase or free with Kindle Unlimited. Readers may also purchase or read for free on Kindle Unlimited, box sets of The Rim Confederacy. Box set one contains books one, two, and three, and box set two contains books four, five, and six.

Book One: Pirates
Book Two: Sleeper Ship
Book Three: Prison Planet
Book Four: Ancient Relics
Book Five: Hospital Ship
Book Six: Desert Planet
Book Seven: Ruined Memories

Jim Rudnick’s Amazon Author Page

New From the Author
In addition to continuing The RIM Confederacy series with additional books set to release later this year, Jim Rudnick is working on a new series, Bones. Book one, Crashlanding, will be released later this year.

Crashlanding, book one in the Bones series, by Jim Rudnick. Coming soon.Sneak Peek at Crashlanding (unedited)

As the first wisps of atmosphere touched the badly damaged explorer ship, the craft was on it’s own AI–the pilot and nine of the ten occupants were already dead.

The only alive human lay in the robo-doc tank in the rear of the ship where he’d been for almost a full week. He had been injured during an asteroid incursion and had been placed in the robo-doc then. Now he lay half awake, half in a stupor, knowing that the rest of the Drake’s crew were probably dead.

Boathi sphere ships had come upon the Drake twenty light years out-wards, and had so severely damaged the ship, that even as the pilot lay dying and he kicked it into AI and called on full FTL, their fate looked sealed.

Read more of this sneak peek on Jim Rudnick’s website page for Bones: Crashlanding.

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