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Haider Ali Butt

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Kindle Formatting
Posted: Oct 27, 2017 9:08 AM
 
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Hi,

I have published my paperback on Createspace, finally, which will be available on amazon by next week.

By the way do they notify you of when it is available? They said 3-5 business days.

My question is about Kindle - I have uploaded the manuscript and created the cover, however when I launch the previewer, things look out of place, i.e. chapters not starting on a new page, etc.

What am I doing wrong, any tips?

Thanks.
writerbn

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Re: Kindle Formatting
Posted: Oct 27, 2017 9:15 AM   in response to: Haider Ali Butt in response to: Haider Ali Butt
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Formatting for a paperback is quite different from formatting for an e-book. If you're using Word, I recommend the free Smash*words style guide. Or look for Notjohn's posts--he has a guide for Word users.

A better way, however, is to use HTML/CSS and upload an ePub file.
Haider Ali Butt

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Re: Kindle Formatting
Posted: Oct 27, 2017 12:29 PM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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Thanks, I marked this as helpful instead of correct by accident.

So basically it is going to take some work to make it into an ebook.

Another thing is, that the cover a I created on create space, can I not use it for the Kindle? How would I do that? Thanks.
writerbn

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Re: Kindle Formatting
Posted: Oct 27, 2017 12:49 PM   in response to: Haider Ali Butt in response to: Haider Ali Butt
 
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Covers are entirely different as well. CS has a front cover, back cover, and a spine. An e-book requires only a front cover.

If you have the Createspace cover and are reasonably skilled with a photo editing app, you could maybe crop out the front cover and use it, but it's better to design a separate one. I upload JPEG files, 1800 x 2700 pixels.
beachgardener

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Re: Kindle Formatting
Posted: Oct 27, 2017 12:58 PM   in response to: Haider Ali Butt in response to: Haider Ali Butt
 
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If you created a cover on Createspace using the cover creator for the e book will be a delight. You can do this. B
Notjohn

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Re: Kindle Formatting
Posted: Oct 27, 2017 1:18 PM   in response to: Haider Ali Butt in response to: Haider Ali Butt
 
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So basically it is going to take some work to make it into an ebook.

Yes, though I think it's a lot easier than formatting a handsome paperback. You might read the third post on my blog.

Another thing is, that the cover a I created on create space, can I not use it for the Kindle? How would I do that?

Yes, I've done this. I just did a screenshot of the CS cover. I think you can also download a PDF of the cover (when you're in the proofing stage) and could probably work from there. Or better yet, order a physical proof and scan the front cover.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

The blog:
http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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