Kindle Formatting : How To Do It Properly
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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
4.7 (27 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,164 students enrolled
Created by Chris O'Connor
Last updated 11/2016
Price: $65
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • The software we will use on this course is free. The only requirement is that you have Windows PC or a Mac.

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When it comes to Kindle formatting, the internet is awash with confusing, outdated, contradictory, and sometimes, just plain wrong information!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.

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
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Curriculum For This Course
43 Lectures
Introduction and Course Outline
6 Lectures 22:40

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
What They Don't Tell You About 'Writing for the Kindle'
4 Lectures 16:24
The Popular Myth About Writing for 'the Kindle'

The Different Kindle Formats

Sigil Background and Download Information

Action Point
Finding Your Way Around Sigil
3 Lectures 20:36
The Toolbar

The Sigil Interface

How to Do Your Table of Contents Properly
What to Do If You've Already Got Your Book in MS Word or Another Word Processor
6 Lectures 32:55
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
How to Check Your Book
3 Lectures 09:42
The Kindle Previewer

Using the Kindle Previewer

Action Point
Formatting and Styling
13 Lectures 55:19
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
Working With Images
6 Lectures 37:21
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
Bonus Section
2 Lectures 01:02

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...

Useful Links to Amazon Resources

Bonus Lecture
About the Instructor
Chris O'Connor
4.6 Average rating
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7,691 Students
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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.