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hjm331

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Re: Guidelines on creating Cover, ToC, Beginning, and NCX; plus HTML template
Posted: Sep 8, 2012 7:53 PM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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What's the best way to indent the first line of a paragraph in Word? I already tried using the first line indent in the "Paragraph" section but when they are indented inconsistently in the Kindle Previewer.

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Re: How to format a Kindle book [b]properly[/b] in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Sep 17, 2012 5:12 AM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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man2010

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Posted: Sep 29, 2012 5:32 AM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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sandyocean

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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Sep 30, 2012 10:43 PM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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Thank you. This is really helpful.

RE TOC. I removed the one I had done Using Insert/Reference/TOC and instead followed thee whole bookmarking procedure you laid out. Thats all done. Then I got to the next step. I do have Windows 2007 BUT I changed it over to Classic look so it looked more like XP that I was used to. That means there is no SPLIT available in the View Bar.

Is this 'split' thing likely to be anywhere else (as in XP) or is it just a feature of 2007? ..... OR is there another way I can prceed now having done all the bookmarks individually as you laid out? - or do I have to reset Word so it shows the 2007 features?


o Insert the text of your table of contents after the title page and copyright page in your Word file. Enter the title "Table of Contents," select Word's "View" ribbon, and press the "Split" button (place the separator in the middle of the program window). After that, copy and paste each heading from your text (lower window of Word) to your table of contents (upper window of Word). Do not insert page numbers. When you are done, in Word's "View" ribbon, press the "Remove Split" button. Apply the "Heading 2" style to the title and the "FirstNormal" style to the text of your table of contents. Select your whole table of contents using the mouse (both the heading and text) and press the "Align Text Left" button. Link each item in the table of contents to its corresponding heading as follows. Using the mouse, select an item in your table of contents (for example, "Chapter One"), select Word's "Insert" ribbon, press the "Hyperlink" button, and in the dialog window, press "Place in This Document" in the left-hand panel. Now find the bookmark that corresponds to the heading in question, select it, and press "OK." Do the same for all other items in your table of contents.
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o Insert a page break after your table of contents. Create a bookmark "toc" above the title of your table of contents using the method described above (using an empty line). To test the links in your table of contents, save your book file as a "Web page, filtered" in Word and then open the resulting .htm file in a web browser.

man2010

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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM   in response to: sandyocean in response to: sandyocean
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You seem to have an outdated version of the tutorial. I would recommend downloading the latest version (September 29, 2012). Don't forget to delete the old tutorial from your Kindle for PC before opening the new version.

Regarding the "Split view" option of Word, it should be either in the "View" or "Window" menu. This feature should be present in all versions of Word going back at least 15 years. You don't have to use the split view, and can copy all your headings into the table of contents by scrolling up and down within your book, which is less convenient.

For your own convenience, you could switch to the "Ribbon" interface until you finish your Kindle book. After that, you can switch back to the "Classic view".
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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 9, 2012 5:40 AM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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I've downloaded and read about a bazillion formatting books over the past month that deal with MSWord-to-HTML/MOBI/EPUB, and this one How to Format Your eBook for Kindle, NOOK, Smashwords, and Everything Else is probably the best (in my experience). It's still not an easy process, but I found the details in this book to be very useful. I think the most useful section is how to use pre-clean MSWord tags and then how to finalize the output by using Notepad++ to search and replace tags via regular expressions.

http://www.amazon.com/Format-Kindle-Smashwords-Everything-ebook/dp/B005PG6CNS/cobinrox_20

The other books seem to either flat out say to not use MSWord at all or to use SIGIL or some other HTML editor. (Notepad++ btw is just a text editor.)

Anyway, just another point to ponder.
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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:38 AM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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Added links to business websites of the people cited in the formatting tutorial. The most frequently cited KDP users: Mrlasers, Booknookbiz, and Punchygonzales.
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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:54 PM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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Thanks Charles!

By the way, why have I always thought your name was nicolaus or nicholas? I could have sworn I looked at a book you had posted at Amazon under that name. Must have been someone else.
man2010

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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 15, 2012 6:02 PM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
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I changed the real name to a pen name :-)
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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 16, 2012 8:30 PM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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I write under my first and last name, but everyone knows me by a nickname that's a play off my middle name, so I'm relatively incognito. Hasn't helped me sell any books though....
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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:09 PM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
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I changed the author name to a pen name because most employers think that people who write books are crazy.
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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:34 AM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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That's part of why I did it too. Of course, if you get famous, then everybody wants to be your best pal. But until that happens you're just another wierdo with a website and a book fetish.
man2010

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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 17, 2012 9:22 AM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
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:-)
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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 21, 2012 8:47 PM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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A side note that you can ignore: Amazon epublishing software will give you a lot of problems if you try to build a Kindle book using a manuscript made in Open Office

Not true anymore. I used LibreOffice and it worked like a charm. I used it for both the paper version (CreateSpace) and Kindle. No HTML or CSS, all the formatting done in LibreOffice ;)
Here is the template that I used for both (select "Template 1"):
http://soft.alkinea.net/doc_templates.html
mikef10

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Re: How to format a Kindle book properly in Word (or in HTML if needed)
Posted: Oct 23, 2012 12:58 PM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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Amazon seems to have put in wrong thread....

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