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rexxcastle

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kindle Word Template
Posted: Apr 25, 2011 9:11 PM
 
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Hello does anyone by chance have a word template that has the correct dimensions/formating for kindle?
jtbigtoad

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Re: kindle Word Template
Posted: Apr 25, 2011 10:18 PM   in response to: rexxcastle in response to: rexxcastle
 
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[b] Hello does anyone by chance have a word template that has the correct dimensions/formating for kindle? [/b]

Above, you will find a zip file attachment that has a word document with various Kindle style fonts employed.

You don't really have to use any of that as the Kindle conversion is fairly tolerant of word files and will pretty much bend them to what they need to be.

As far as setting up your Word document, you can just go at it with the normal settings and it should work just fine.

There is a special technique I use when I am building a word document that has a lot of images and such that are placed in it that you may want to try if your document is more complicated than this straight "storybook" format i.e. just a straight novel.

The technique I use is to duplicate the face of a Kindle screen which is 3 1/2 inches wide and 4 3/4 inches tall.

First I will set the margins to 1/2 inch all the way around (top, bottom, left, right).

Next I will set the paper size to 4 1/2 inches wide (3 1/2 inches of screen +1 inch of left and right margin), and 5.75 inches tall (4.75 inches of screen +1 inch of top and bottom margins).

When using this mode, you can view your book in the "print layout" view, and each individual page will be a Kindle page (I like to use Times new Roman font size 11 – as is pretty much duplicates the standard Kindle font).

Now, when you are placing images you can size them to fit within the boundaries of the Kindle screen and still have room for a bit of text without it being all messy.

Like I said, this is wholly unnecessary if you're just writing a book, but if you are putting images and you want to have text that is associated with the image this is a fairly good way of managing it.

I hope this helps

JT

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rexxcastle

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Re: kindle Word Template
Posted: Apr 26, 2011 4:44 AM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
 
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thanks a bunch that is much appreciated

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rinald47

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Re: kindle Word Template
Posted: Apr 28, 2011 5:12 AM   in response to: rexxcastle in response to: rexxcastle
 
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I will check this out. I wish Amazon would publish a simple, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction booklet about how to format a document in Word for conversion to upload to the Kindle Direct Publishing platform. I have been trying for weeks to resolve a problem, with NO success, and the support don't seem to have a clue what I'm asking about. My request is simple:
When typing a document (book) in Word, do I leave spaces between paragraphs (an extra hard return at the end of a paragraph), or only one?
How do I get each paragraph to indent automatically when the file is uploaded? The original Kindle guide to publishing said that KDP does this automatically, but I have not found that to be true.
I am desperate to get a file reformatted and uploaded so it can be sold on Amazon, but I can get NO help in finding the answers to these most basic questions.
Can anyone in the community help me directly? If so, my email address is rinald47@gmail.com.
Thanks.
Joe
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Re: kindle Word Template
Posted: Apr 28, 2011 7:08 AM   in response to: rinald47 in response to: rinald47
 
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I will check this out. I wish Amazon would publish a
simple, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction
booklet about how to format a document in Word for
conversion to upload to the Kindle Direct Publishing
platform. I have been trying for weeks to resolve a
problem, with NO success, and the support don't seem
to have a clue what I'm asking about. My request is
simple:
When typing a document (book) in Word, do I leave
spaces between paragraphs (an extra hard return at
the end of a paragraph), or only one?
How do I get each paragraph to indent automatically
when the file is uploaded? The original Kindle guide
to publishing said that KDP does this automatically,
but I have not found that to be true.
I am desperate to get a file reformatted and uploaded
so it can be sold on Amazon, but I can get NO help in
finding the answers to these most basic questions.
Can anyone in the community help me directly? If so,
my email address is rinald47@gmail.com.
Thanks.
Joe

Yes...

All you have to do is set up your MS Word Styles properly.

The Word Style and the underlying Word Template handles space between paragraphs, first line indents, fonts, and other formatting.

http://www.cjs-easy-as-pie.com/2011/03/how-to-modify-ms-word-styles-for-kindle.html

Also read other articles on the site below to answer your other questions.

Use the search box under the Birds on a Tightrope for specific terms.

CJ, at CJ's Easy as Pie Kindle Tutorials
cj-01@cjs-easy-as-pie.com
http://www.cjs-easy-as-pie.com/
Tim Marsh

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Re: kindle Word Template
Posted: Sep 13, 2013 10:53 PM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
 
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Sorry where's this zip file?

tim
linsherman

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Re: kindle Word Template
Posted: Sep 14, 2013 12:07 PM   in response to: rexxcastle in response to: rexxcastle
 
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Hi Rexx,

Different Kindles have different dimensions, resolutions, color capability and installed fonts. Then mix in that the user is allowed to change the font size and, on some devices, the font. And the orientation can be changed on virtually all e-readers. Kindle for PC/Mac allow the width of the display area to be user-determined.

In short, trying to make Word imitate "the" Kindle is just not possible.

I suggest that you set up your word processor template to facilitate writing and editing and not worry about appearance until the book is written.

When you have finished your book, you can modify the paragraph and heading styles to give them a better chance of converting to something halfway presentable. It takes only a few minutes.

If you really do need to worry about your formatting as you are writing the book, which might be the case of a heavily-formatted how-to book, your formatting requirements almost certainly exceed Amazon's doc-to-mobi conversion capabilities, and you will want to do the formatting directly in HTML and CSS anyway.

Cheers :)
Lin
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