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Jomy Kallukalam

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How can I format my ebook description with Color and Bigger Font Size?
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 12:44 PM
 
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I want to format my book like this - http://www.amazon.com/By-Blood-Betrayed-Christmas-ebook/dp/B00AVPT99W

But I don't have any software's . Someone was telling me to download " description formatter " or some program like that.
First of all I don't know where to get it.

I see that Amazon allows you to apply HTML to your description through your Author Central page. But I am poor with HTML. Electrical engineer here. No computer engineer.
How can I get my description formatted like the above book and make it look a bit more professional?
Pat Fitzhugh

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Re: How can I format my ebook description with Color and Bigger Font Size?
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 1:18 PM   in response to: Jomy Kallukalam in response to: Jomy Kallukalam
 
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The HTML tags used to produce that description are very simple, even for people who don't know HTML. To bold a word or phrase, simply type the less-than sign, the letter b, and then a greater-than sign--before the word or phrase. Then, after the word or phrase, type the same thing, only this time adding a slash / before the letter b. The same goes for italics, but use the letter i.. As for text color, it's just as easy, but would take a little too much room to explain here.

This is bold
This is italic
And red text
See how easy? Unfortunately, I don't know enough about HTML to "type out" the tags here without the HTML automatically rendering the formatted text.
Pat Fitzhugh

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Re: How can I format my ebook description with Color and Bigger Font Size?
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 1:27 PM   in response to: Jomy Kallukalam in response to: Jomy Kallukalam
 
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As for the second part of your question, you could make your description a lot more professional-looking than the example you posted. It's up to you, of course, but I believe I would cut the wording by about 75%, omit one of the 2-3 blank spaces between paragraphs (one blank space, alone, between paragraphs, lets the paragraphs flow better--additional blank spaces make the prospective buyer "pause" for too long), and I'd justify the text (the jagged right edge makes it harder to read). Others may feel differently, this is only my opinion.
Jomy Kallukalam

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Re: How can I format my ebook description with Color and Bigger Font Size?
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 1:35 PM   in response to: Pat Fitzhugh in response to: Pat Fitzhugh
 
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Thanks Pat for your time and answer! I will definitely take your guidance in my current and future book publications. As far as the formatting is concerned, Is there a website or a resource ( program ) you can guide me to that'll ease my HTML worries maybe a little bit?
Pat Fitzhugh

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Re: How can I format my ebook description with Color and Bigger Font Size?
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 1:47 PM   in response to: Jomy Kallukalam in response to: Jomy Kallukalam
 
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Try Googling "learning HTML," or "beginning HTML." You should find plenty resources there.
Jomy Kallukalam

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Re: How can I format my ebook description with Color and Bigger Font Size?
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:05 PM   in response to: Pat Fitzhugh in response to: Pat Fitzhugh
 
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Is that my only choice?
Isn't there a website that deals specifically with Kindle ebook description formatting? That should definitely make this much easier !
How about a WYSIWYG?
Pat Fitzhugh

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Re: How can I format my ebook description with Color and Bigger Font Size?
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:48 PM   in response to: Jomy Kallukalam in response to: Jomy Kallukalam
 
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Maybe! Just visit Google.com and search for it.
philipg157

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Re: How can I format my ebook description with Color and Bigger Font Size?
Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:15 PM   in response to: Pat Fitzhugh in response to: Pat Fitzhugh
 
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If you still want to know, you might find my latest blog interesting! :)

http://writtenbyabriton.com/2013/07/11/how-to-add-fancy-looking-amazon-descriptions-for-your-e-book-free/
denimtiger

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Re: How can I format my ebook description with Color and Bigger Font Size?
Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:40 PM   in response to: philipg157 in response to: philipg157
 
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Your blog post is definitely worth a try. One thing I'd add, though, is to have an account through Author Central. You can update your book's description through Author Central WITHOUT republishing your book, AND you can preview book descriptions before you hit post.
Notjohn

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Re: How can I format my ebook description with Color and Bigger Font Size?
Posted: Jul 12, 2013 1:33 AM   in response to: denimtiger in response to: denimtiger
 
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The html for editing the Author Central page has been posted here in at least two different threads, the most recent not many weeks ago. Look for them.

The book: Notjohn's Guide to Kindle Publishing: Ten Steps to Selling Your E-book on Amazon (Or Anywhere Else)

The blog: Notjohn's KDP Guide
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