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stevelem117

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CreateSpace to KDP
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 6:04 AM
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I have a book almost ready to publish on CreateSpace. How do I get it into an ebook with KDP? Thanks for advice.

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Re: CreateSpace to KDP
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 6:24 AM   in response to: stevelem117 in response to: stevelem117
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All you need to make an ebook is your word.doc.
stevelem117

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Re: CreateSpace to KDP
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 12:56 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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Thanks. How do I transfer my cover that I've already designed using CreateSpace to KDP?

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Re: CreateSpace to KDP
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 12:57 PM   in response to: stevelem117 in response to: stevelem117
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I think you should start by reading the FAQs, browsing this forum, and downloading the new Kindle publishing guide to your device.

I prefer to work in html because it gives me near-infinite control over how
my book will look. There's a learning curve, but the same is true of any
method for submitting books to the KDP. I'm told Open Office does a better
job than Word of saving text as html. Better yet, paste a Word doc into the
utility at word2cleanhtml.com (requires some tweaking).

The Kindle does a fair job of converting *.doc files. If you want to go this
route, here are some free resources:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007URVZJ6
http://guidohenkel.com/2010/12/take-pride-in-your-ebook-formatting/
http://www.cjs-easy-as-pie.com
http://forums.kindledirectpublishing.com/kdpforums/thread.jspa?threadID=20267
http://kindleformatting.com/formatting.php
https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A3RRQXI478DDG7
http://www.smashwords.com/b/52

Or hire a professional at http://www.booknook.biz or http://www.mrlasers.com

Whatever you do, download your converted mobi file (Step 6) and preview it
on the "enhanced previewer" http://tinyurl.com/kindleprevue

And beware of people who answer by trying to sell you a book!
davidteves

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Re: CreateSpace to KDP
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 1:22 PM   in response to: stevelem117 in response to: stevelem117
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I just noticed that CreateSpace now offers a Kindle ready version of the book for download along with a jpeg version of the cover under "Publish on Kindle". I used the cover download, and it seems to work fine. I'd be interested to see if the file download converts successfully.

David Teves
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Re: CreateSpace to KDP
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 3:50 PM   in response to: davidteves in response to: davidteves
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I'd recommend publishing on Kindle BEFORE you publish on Createspace. For one thing, sales are likely to be higher with ebooks. Also, you will inevitably find things you want to change and it's easier to do with an ebook. You also might find you're not selling at all, in which case you'd want to try and address that before investing in a proof copy (a step you should never skip) of your Createspace book.
stevelem117

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Re: CreateSpace to KDP
Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:51 PM   in response to: davidteves in response to: davidteves
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Thanks for advice. I'll try it and post my results. I have a hard copy coming for proofing, then I'll be ready.

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Re: CreateSpace to KDP
Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:53 PM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
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Thanks for taking the time to respond. I see I have a lot to learn.

Stevelem117
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