Hi all and Merry Christmas!
I have a question. I had written two books, they are short so I sell them for 99 cents. I need to ask how can I make the formatting better? I try to use PDF on microsoft office word but it looks really funny, all jumbled up when I look at the sample. I am not sure what to do about it. Any suggestions?
Forget PDF. Use MS Word to create your source document - a word doc saved in word 2003 format will upload to KDP without any problems. If you want to proceed via the HTML route you can do that too but learn word (it really isn't that hard).
One tip. I have created an upload area on my bookshelf I'v named TEST. I use this to upload and test book files (by downloading and sideloading the compiled mobi into my Kindle) Because I haven't filled out any of the price and other info, it's impossible to accidentally publish the test file. While of course you can do the same in an actual "live' area, it does help prevent an accidental Publish.
Although I doubt that this is the issue, it's possible that it is; you might want to review this article on our FAQ, about Why PDF Uploads Do Not Work at Amazon for Kindle and see if that helps you at all. (Also has screenshots, as part of the explanation.) In short, it's really about line-breaks and broken paragraphs, but, the way I show this in the article is, in many instances, how the KDP upload "sees" your PDF, as well. From what you say, about "jumbled," I suspect that you may have some broken paragraphs in there.
Hope this helps!
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