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Gerald J Weyrich

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Calibre & First Book Formatting Questions
Posted: Feb 12, 2018 11:09 PM
 
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Hello Everyone

I have written a foreign language instruction book for beginners which I want to publish on KDP. I wrote the book as a MS Word doc, saved it as a .htm file and used Calibre to convert it into MOBI format

The pure text portions look decent, but the areas where I used spacing or a table for formatting are presentable in some areas, but messy in others - spaces disappear or are exaggerated, and the tables extend over one page

I have only cursory knowledge of Calibre so that may be the problem. However, before putting in some of my scarce time on trying to master it I thought I might ask for some advice from people with KDP experience:

1) Is Calibre is the best way to set up my book for submission to KDP?

2) Does KDP itself do any formatting?

ANY advice on where to go from here on my first Kindle book would be appreciated

Thanks in advance for any replies
Donna St Felix

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Re: Calibre & First Book Formatting Questions
Posted: Feb 13, 2018 12:19 AM   in response to: Gerald J Weyrich in response to: Gerald J Weyrich
 
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Gerald J Weyrich wrote:
I have written a foreign language instruction book for beginners which I want to publish on KDP. I wrote the book as a MS Word doc, saved it as a .htm file and used Calibre to convert it into MOBI format

The pure text portions look decent, but the areas where I used spacing or a table for formatting are presentable in some areas, but messy in others - spaces disappear or are exaggerated, and the tables extend over one page

I have only cursory knowledge of Calibre so that may be the problem. However, before putting in some of my scarce time on trying to master it I thought I might ask for some advice from people with KDP experience:

1) Is Calibre is the best way to set up my book for submission to KDP?
2) Does KDP itself do any formatting?
ANY advice on where to go from here on my first Kindle book would be appreciated


Many of us just upload a formatted Word.doc for a digital book.
For paperback, we upload a formatted manuscript in PDF.
Notjohn

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Re: Calibre & First Book Formatting Questions
Posted: Feb 13, 2018 2:30 AM   in response to: Gerald J Weyrich in response to: Gerald J Weyrich
 
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1) Is Calibre is the best way to set up my book for submission to KDP?

There's really no point in using Calibre to convert a Word doc to a mobi. That changes nothing. It's your Word doc that needs fixing. See the third post on my blog for some pointers.

2) Does KDP itself do any formatting?

No. What you see in the downloaded Kindle Previewer is what your book will look like (more or less) on the actual devices or apps.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting (2018 edition)

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
Cynthia Stowell

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Re: Calibre & First Book Formatting Questions
Posted: Feb 13, 2018 10:05 AM   in response to: Gerald J Weyrich in response to: Gerald J Weyrich
 
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I don't see the point in creating a MOBI file through Calibre before submitting. Every converter has its quirks and it seems like you're just adding to the formatting confusion by running it through Calibre first. I'd just submit your Word file to KDP. As for formatting, it's a huge leap from how it looks in Word to how it will display in an e-book (on multiple devices, too) so the simpler the formatting the better. That might mean eliminating tables.
TONY G DINGWELL

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Re: Calibre & First Book Formatting Questions
Posted: Feb 13, 2018 12:06 PM   in response to: Gerald J Weyrich in response to: Gerald J Weyrich
 
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Gerald J Weyrich wrote:
Hello Everyone

The pure text portions look decent, but the areas where I used spacing or a table for formatting are presentable in some areas, but messy in others - spaces disappear or are exaggerated, and the tables extend over one page

I have only cursory knowledge of Calibre so that may be the problem. However, before putting in some of my scarce time on trying to master it I thought I might ask for some advice from people with KDP experience:

1) Is Calibre is the best way to set up my book for submission to KDP?


Gerald,

I use Calibre for all of my eBooks. It reduces the size of the MOBI file if you have images in your book. This will save you money each time your book is downloaded as Amazon charges extra if the MOBI file exceeds a certain size. It may be only a few pennies on each book, but it can quickly add up if you have a best seller.

The MOBI format isn't good for tables because the text can't reflow. My solution is to use the snipping tool to take a screenshot of tables and paste it into my book as an image. Readers can turn their devices on its side or make the image larger on the screen to get a better view of the table if needed.

Hope this helps.

--Tony
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