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Test Module

This guide shows you how to turn your Microsoft Word file into a PDF that's ready to be uploaded to KDP. The information we give is specific to the 2016 version of Word, but the steps are similar in most versions. The guide's designed for two types of authors:


You want to format your paperback so that it meets KDP's basic specifications--with minimal fuss. To get these results, follow all the steps in the guide below except those marked "Advanced."


You want to format your book so that it meets the industry standards many professional designers follow. You don't mind taking the time to achieve the exact look you want. To get these results, follow all the steps in the guide below.
For the best results, follow the steps below in order. This page includes videos to show you what the instructions look like onscreen. If you want to have all the instructions (including screenshots) at hand as you format your manuscript on your computer, download and print the Build Your Book companion guide. Also, remove any formatting you've already done. This guide works best for unformatted files.

Before you start…

Want help formatting your book? Check out these resources:
  • Kindle Create Add-In. A free tool that formats your book as you're writing it in Word.
  • Professional services. See this list of designers you can hire.

Step 1: Setting page size and margins

Step 2: Modify and apply styles

Step 3: Formatting chapters

Step 4: Formatting front matter

Step 5: Adding pagination

Step 6: Adding headers (Advanced)

Step 7: Additional formatting for chapter title pages (Advanced)

Step 8: Adding images (Advanced)

Step 9: Creating a table of contents (TOC)

Step 10: Proofing and exporting to PDF

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