Kindle Formatting : How To Do It Properly

Learn how to format your Kindle ebook properly using free software - avoid bad reviews and 1 star ratings
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  • Lectures 43
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

Kindle formatting doesn't have to be difficult!

With the information contained in this course you will discover how YOU can perfectly format your own Kindle books, quickly and easily, using free, readily available software.

When it comes to Kindle formatting, the internet is awash with confusing, outdated, contradictory, and sometimes, just plain wrong information! Amazon don't help the situation, with Kindles of different screen sizes and resolutions, different device capabilities, and different file formats. It's no wonder that so many people end up with formatting problems that result in low ratings and bad reviews for their books.

Easily avoid that happening to you by taking this course and and applying the information you are going to be shown.

You're going to be learning from an instructor who is an established Amazon Kindle author, who uses these very techniques to update and submit his own book to Amazon.

This is not a course about teaching you how to make text bold, italicised, or any of the other basic text formatting you've probably been doing for years. Anybody who has ever used a word processor or text editor knows how to do that stuff, so you aren't going to have your time wasted by being shown the basics that you already know! This course is about teaching you the things that you NEED to know in order to get your Kindle book well formatted, accepted by Amazon, and help you avoid the 1-star ratings and bad reviews you could end up with - just because your book wasn't properly formatted.

You see, the truth is, it doesn't matter how good the content in your book is, or how long you slaved away writing it, all it takes is a table of contents that doesn't work, an image that is too small, or even some text that is badly laid out, to stop many readers dead in their tracks. It doesn't matter how little they have paid for your book - they expect quality. If your poor formatting spoils their reading experience, they will be very quick to leave you a 1-star rating and a bad review. And it doesn't take many of those to drive away potential buyers, lose you money, and ruin credibility for both you and your book.

Check out the curriculum to see what the course currently offers, and take advantage of the free preview lectures. Inside the course you will find a discussion area where you can interact with the instructor and other students, ask questions, and get help on any problems you might have. Your instructor is also very open to suggestions from students for new lecture topics they might wish to see covered.

Why risk throwing away months of hard work? Learn how to format your Kindle book properly, and take this course now.

What are the requirements?

  • The software we will use on this course is free. The only requirement is that you have Windows PC or a Mac.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand why formatting is so important
  • Avoid bad reviews and 1 star ratings due to poor formatting
  • Create properly formatted Kindle books that work across the full range of Kindles

Who is the target audience?

  • Anybody who has written a Kindle book and wants to sort out their formatting
  • Anyone who is thinking of writing a Kindle book and wants to format it properly

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction and Course Outline
Important Information About Watching This Course
What We Are Going to Cover on the Course
Who Am I and Why Am I the Right Person to Teach You?
Why Formatting Matters
Popular Software Choices - and Why They Are so Bad
Why You Shouldn't Use Calibre to Convert Your Ebook
Why is it a bad idea to use Calibre to create the file you'll upload to Amazon?
2 questions
Section 2: What They Don't Tell You About 'Writing for the Kindle'
The Popular Myth About Writing for 'the Kindle'
The Different Kindle Formats
Sigil Background and Download Information
Action Point
Section 3: Finding Your Way Around Sigil
The Toolbar
The Sigil Interface
How to Do Your Table of Contents Properly
Section 4: What to Do If You've Already Got Your Book in MS Word or Another Word Processor
Your Starting Point?
A Look at Microsoft Word HTML Output
Microsoft Word Filtered HTML
Sigil's Built in HTML Cleaner
Other Ways to Clean Microsoft Word HTML
Pros and Cons of Saving as Plain Text
Section 5: How to Check Your Book
The Kindle Previewer
Using the Kindle Previewer
Action Point
Section 6: Formatting and Styling
Learning CSS & HTML
Intro to styling and formatting the book, and what we are aiming to achieve
Initial Basic Formatting
How to Split Your Document Into Chapters
Creating Bullets That Look Good and Work Well
Create a Blank Stylesheet Ready for Your Styles
Using CSS to Create First Line Text Indents
Creating Page Throws With CSS
Styling and Positioning the Chapter Heading
Introduction to Media Queries - How to Target Old vs New Kindles
Adding Media Queries to Your Stylesheet
Example CSS Files
Additional Styling to be Added
Section 7: Working With Images
Amazon's Image Guidelines
Introduction to Optimising Your Images
Image File Formats Compared
Image Editing Software
How to Add an Image to Your Kindle Book
A Comparison of Image Size, Quality and Readability
Section 8: Bonus Section

Amazon's Simplified Formatting Guide : This is a useful, one page guide, that tells you what you should have in your book, and where you should have it, as well as advice on how things should and should not be formatted, and uploading your book. You can find it here...

Bonus Lecture

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Instructor Biography

Chris O'Connor, WordPress Expert, Author, Raspberry Pi Enthusiast

I've been building web sites since the mid/late 90's, and am the author of the book WordPress For All : How To Create A Website For Business Or Personal Use, Quickly & Easily - Whatever Your Skill Level. It is available available on Amazon for the Kindle, with a paperback version due to follow in the near future.

I've been using WordPress since it was first released, and prior to that, B2 (the software WordPress was forked from). I've built numerous websites both for myself and for clients, using HTML, WordPress, and Joomla. From the very first commercial web site I built (in the days before Google existed) I have made a point of building my sites with search engine optimisation in mind, and have had top ranking for many of my sites for some of the toughest keywords out there.

I'm a big fan of Twitter, and if you follow me on Twitter then make sure you let me know that you found me on Udemy and I'll be sure to follow you back.

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