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Eden Glenn

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format question
Posted: Jan 24, 2018 1:44 PM
 
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I put my manuscript into the create space template provided on the website. Then I uploaded it to KDP for ebook publication. Is that going to format ok? There are changes and shifts that pertain to print copy only. I didn't see a template for ebook. Do I need to upload something that isn't on the create template?

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cdalebrittain

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Re: format question
Posted: Jan 24, 2018 4:16 PM   in response to: Eden Glenn in response to: Eden Glenn
 
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The CS templates include headers, footers, and page numbers, all things not found in ebooks. Their templates also have mirrored margins, meaning that the left-hand page and the right-hand page have different margins, because of the need to leave enough space in the center for binding (the gutter). Look at any book on your shelf or your CS book and you'll see what I mean.

Ebooks have none of these. So what you upload to KDP should be just the straight text, no headers and footers, no page numbers, no page breaks except at the ends of chapters. It's a whole lot easier than a print book because there's less to pay attention to. Single spaced Times New Roman 12 point works best, because Kindle readers can change the text size to what they like.

The only tricky part is if you used tabs for your paragraph indents, or hit the return key a lot to make a new page, as this won't work with an ebook. Format your paragraphs using the "first line special" command in Word, and make new pages with the insert-page-break command. A knowledge of Styles helps a whole lot, because an ebook isn't exactly "what you see is what you get" the way formatting a print book with a template is.

After you upload your ebook content, preview very carefully. If it looks like a big mess, fix your file that you're uploading and try again (just upload right over what you uploaded before). Don't hit Publish until you're satisfied with the preview. Good luck!
Eden Glenn

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Re: format question
Posted: Jan 24, 2018 6:29 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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Thank you. I did find the KDP Kindle Create and managed to figure it out with their helpful videos. Thanks for taking the time to answer my inquiry. Sometimes information is a little hard for me to find. Eden.
Notjohn

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Re: format question
Posted: Jan 25, 2018 2:08 AM   in response to: Eden Glenn in response to: Eden Glenn
 
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Then I uploaded it to KDP for ebook publication. Is that going to format ok?

No. Go back to your original book file (Word, OpenOffice, whatever) and build an ebook from there. It is an entirely different process, which is why use my sig file to urge people not to accept CreateSpace's offer to do a Kindle edition (and vice versa).

(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
Eden Glenn

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Re: format question
Posted: Jan 25, 2018 7:39 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Thank you. I am finding out the "don't mix and match" advice the hard way. LOL. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question with good advice. Regards Eden
newmansouth

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Re: format question
Posted: Feb 2, 2018 6:48 AM   in response to: Eden Glenn in response to: Eden Glenn
 
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Glad you fixed it!
Learning by doing is always the best.

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