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robert christia...

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Google Docs / Microsoft OneDrive
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 12:27 PM
 
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I'd like to write an e-book in either Google Docs or MS OneDrive. Do you know if there are any difficulties porting either of these over to Kindle & can they be viewed/ purchased on _all devices_?

Many thanks!
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robert christian stockton wrote:
I'd like to write an e-book in either Google Docs or MS OneDrive. Do you know if there are any difficulties porting either of these over to Kindle & can they be viewed/ purchased on _all devices_?

As long as you format the document correctly and save the final file as .DOC or .DOCX, you should be fine. I don't upload Word documents to KDP, but many authors here do. The availability of the published e-book doesn't depend on the source document format.
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Re: Google Docs / Microsoft OneDrive
Posted: Sep 20, 2017 2:35 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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The availability of the published e-book doesn't depend on the source document format.

True, but the quality of the html certainly does. (In the old days, I found that Google's html was better than that on my venerable copy of Word 2000.) Generally, it's pretty awful. Word's does seem to get better with each new generation, but like you I long ago gave up uploading word processing files and hoping for the best.

@Robert: As to your other question, if you stay away from fixed-format templates (always a good idea, IMHO), your book will look more or less the same on all Kindle devices and apps. There can be exceptions for the first two generations of e-ink Kindles and the Kindle DX, but if your formatting is simple (always a good idea!) they won't be important.

Use CreateSpace for paperbacks; use KDP for ebooks.

Good luck! -- NJ

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