Format MS Word for Amazon Kindle, Get Beautiful Ebooks
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Format MS Word for Amazon Kindle, Get Beautiful Ebooks

Self publish ebooks & turn your MS Word document into a work of art. From writing to selling on Amazon and retailers.
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Created by Jason Matthews
Last updated 2/2015
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • self publish like a pro
  • sell ebooks on Amazon
  • format ebooks
  • design ebooks
  • insert images
  • add hyperlinks
  • upload to Amazon Kindle
  • convert MS Word to HTML
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Requirements
  • MS Word
  • MS Word alternatives like LibreOffice.org or OpenOffice.org
  • other writing programs similar to MS Word
Description

You wrote a book, now you can format it for Kindle to look great and function properly. Save time while making updates whenever you want.

Microsoft Word documents (.doc and .docx) can easily be formatted for Amazon, which designed its self-publishing system to receive MS Word because it's the world's most popular writing program.

Most authors pay for this, but it's wise to do it yourself. When you format your own documents:

  • you save time & money
  • you can make changes whenever you want
  • you can be creative with your books
  • you make the reader's experience better

This course walks you through each section from the Title page to the Table of Contents to the About the Author page, saving as HTML and more. Inserting images, hyperlinks, everything a reader expects. Get detailed instruction with an actual MS Word document and uploading it to Amazon's Preview Mode, something you'll be doing soon.

The course is 17 easy-to-follow videos from 2 to 5 minutes in length. It's taught by Jason Matthews, bestselling author and self-publishing instructor for thousands of writers.

In just over an hour, you'll be able to give readers something they really enjoy.

Get started today and sell more books soon.

Who is the target audience?
  • writers
  • authors
  • self publishers
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
01:18:34
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Before the Formatting Begins
5 Lectures 11:40

This video can be watched in full screen with HD (high definition) settings for best results.

Preview 00:39


You'll be using Preview Mode at KDP Amazon regularly while formatting your books, so now's a great time to get familiar with this useful feature. It's a lot of fun too.

Preview 03:10

Microsoft Word is the most common word processing program, which is why Amazon and other retailers designed their self-publishing platforms to accept .doc or docx as a file type. KDP Amazon (Kindle Direct Publishing) is where we'll eventually upload our books. They have a free tutorial guide called Building Your Book for Kindle and a help section at kdp.amazon.com/help?.

Preview 04:11

Quick questions
2 questions

You'll get ideas for what you like or don't like for your own ebooks by downloading a few samples from Amazon. The samples include the first 10% of the book and can be read on any device including a computer, smart phone, tablet or Kindle.

Preview 02:53
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Knowing Word Better
1 Lecture 05:11

Using common font styles and sizes will make your conversion at KDP Amazon easier and also give readers a better ebook experience. Preview Mode in the KDP Dashboard is a good way to check your font sizing for different elements like the Title and Table of Contents in comparison to the rest of your text.

Common Font Styles and Size
05:11

Preview Mode and Font Styles
2 questions
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Front Matter
4 Lectures 19:10

Title Pages usually have larger text than the rest of the ebook. Title Pages need to have center alignment followed by a Page Break to create a new screen after the title. They can be made by text or even an inserted image if the author prefers.

Title Page
05:13

Front matter of a book should include Title and Copyright pages. Often Acknowledgment and Dedication pages also go in the front matter, but sometimes they come at the end of the book if the author prefers.

Other Front Matter
04:05

A functional Table of Contents is extremely important in ebooks to assist with navigation. Even for books that don't have named chapters, some type of Table of Contents is recommended even if a "bare-bones" version.

In Amazon's guide, Building Your Book for Kindle, the Table of Contents is created using this method with MS Word's Reference tab and Inserting a Table of Contents feature. It relies on Heading 1 settings for all locations that will end up in the Table of Contents.

Table of Contents
06:03

Table of Contents (the Amazon way)
2 questions

An alternative method for creating a Table of Contents involves creating bookmarks for each Chapter Title (or Acknowledgments, etc.) and then typing those out individually on the Table of Contents page and adding a hyperlink that goes to their respective Place in the Document.

If this method is used, a toc bookmark is still needed to assist with KDP Amazon's menu navigation.

Table of Contents (Alternative Method)
03:49
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Differences with Ebooks from Print
4 Lectures 17:10

Since ebooks operate differently than paper books, they have different formatting needs. Notably, they do not need headers, footers or page numbers.

Ebooks not like Print
01:59

Now that you're formatting chapters, you're well into the heart of the ebook's needs.

Formatting Chapters
05:25

Formatting Chapters
3 questions

Find and Replace is a major time-saver for quickly making global changes to MS Word documents. While formatting ebooks the Find and Replace feature is often used to reduce the occurrences of unwanted extra spaces, though it has plenty of other uses.

Find and Replace
04:10

Most ebooks have at least one or two images within them, even if only in the About the Author page. Always use the Insert feature for adding images to Word documents and check in KDP's Preview Mode for proper sizing. Make adjustments as needed.

Inserting Images
05:36

Inserting Images
1 question
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Back Matter
3 Lectures 11:19

An About the Author page helps readers know more about you. Leaving active hyperlinks for websites or social media pages is a wise way to connect with people all over the world. Networking with readers is a smart way to sell more books.

About the Author
03:08

About the Author
1 question

Keep your readers interested with a sample chapter of another book after the one they just read.

Sample Chapter Next Book
03:27

Before publishing, there are last minute checks and special touches you can add that will make a big difference for readers.

Special Touches
04:44
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Amazon Requirements Pre-Publishing
2 Lectures 08:51

MS Word documents can also be saved as HTML Web Page, Filtered. Both of these versions can be uploaded to KDP Amazon. MS Word is simpler, but HTML Web Page, Filtered is better for books with many images or more complex formatting.

MS Word doc or HTML?
05:32

HTML Web Page, Filtered
1 question

Upload your book to KDP Amazon and inspect it thoroughly in Preview Mode. It's wise to check it in both Word .doc and HTML Web Page, Filtered to look for differences. You can always make changes. and upload again before publishing.

Upload to KDP Amazon
03:19
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Finale
2 Lectures 04:28

When your book is ready, congratulations! You can publish it. This lesson shows the final steps along with contact information if needed.

Publish When Ready
03:18

Contact and Coupons
01:10
About the Instructor
Jason Matthews
4.7 Average rating
274 Reviews
5,075 Students
8 Courses
Author and Self-Publishing Expert

Jason Matthews is the author of multiple titles, both fiction and nonfiction. His books have been translated into 8 languages and his self-publishing lessons have been viewed by students in 123 countries.

Jason works with writers around the world and teaches many courses on self-publishing topics (listed below).

He lives in San Luis Obispo, California. He's a skier, soccer player, beach lounger and loves a game of chess or scrabble. He can be contacted through his websites and social media links.