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Manuscript formatting resources

eBook

The tool you choose depends on your book and file format (DOC, DOCX, PDF), and whether you want to use a guide or downloadable desktop formatting tool. This decision tree can help you choose the best resource for your book. After you decide, click the links below the tree.

eBook tools decision tree
Kindle Create | Step-by-step guide (Word for PC) | Kindle Kid's Book Creator | Kindle Comic Creator

*We don't recommend PDF for text-heavy books.
**Guided View technology allows readers to view a comic panel by panel on mobile devices in a way that mimics the eye's natural motion through the comic.


Paperback

The resource you choose depends on your word processor and whether you want to use a template. This decision tree can help you choose the best resource for your book. After you decide, click the links below the tree.

paperback tools decision tree
Step-by-step guide (Word for PC) | Step-by-step guide (Word for Mac) | Step-by-step guide (Pages) | Manuscript templates | File setup calculator | Print cost and royalty calculator



Cover formatting resources

For help formatting your cover, check out these resources:

eBook


Paperback



Paperback file setup calculator

To get precise measurements of your paperback's interior and cover, use our calculator:



The tool gives you margin, bleed, and spine measurements.



Printing cost and royalty calculator

To estimate your printing cost and paperback royalty, use our calculator:



Figures generated by this tool are for estimation purposes only. Your actual royalty will be calculated when you set up your paperback on KDP.



Previewer tools

eBook

To see how your eBook will look on tablets E-readers, and phones before you publish it, you have two options:

  • Kindle Previewer. Use this free desktop standalone application as you format your book to make sure it looks as intended. Learn more about Kindle Previewer.
  • Online Previewer. Use this tool to do one last check before you publish your eBook on KDP. The tool is on your KDP Bookshelf.

The Online Previewer has the same basic functions as the desktop version but has a different look and fewer filter and display options.

Paperback

After you upload your files, you'll check them with our Print Previewer. This tool checks for errors you need to fix before you can submit your paperback for publication. Print Previewer is on your KDP Bookshelf.

Learn more about previewing eBooks and paperbacks.



Upload files

To update your manuscript and cover, go to your KDP Bookshelf. After you enter book details (e.g., title, author name, description), you'll upload your manuscript and cover files. Learn more about uploading files.



Update files

To update your manuscript and cover, go to your KDP Bookshelf. See detailed instructions and requirements:


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