Optimize for Kindle
Once you've downloaded and installed the add-in, open your existing manuscript (.doc, .docx) in Microsoft Word. Next, go to the Kindle tab in the Microsoft Word ribbon and click Optimize for Kindle. In this step, the Kindle Add-in for Microsoft Word goes through your manuscript and sets a font size that works for both a Kindle eBook and for a 6”x9” paperback.
Once you have optimized your book, you can choose from a variety of themes to give your manuscript a look and feel that goes with the story you’re trying to tell. Once you’ve chosen a theme, you’re ready for the next step: styling your book’s content with Kindle elements. At any point, if you want to use a different theme, all you have to do is change it, and your book will be updated to match the styling of the new theme.
Elements for styling
You can style your paragraphs by selecting them and applying elements. There are three categories of Kindle elements:
- Title Page Elements – for styling Book title and Part title pages
- Book Start and End elements – for styling front matter and back matter pages
- Book body elements – for styling your chapters
Insert template page
If you’re starting from scratch and would like to get a pre-formatted page with sample text in your book, click "Insert template page" and choose from a variety of options.
As you go, you can stop and spot-check how the page you're working on will look when it's published to Kindle by clicking Kindle Previewer. That’s all you need to do to test your eBook!
Prepare to Publish
If you are preparing this manuscript for a paperback, Kindle Add-in for Microsoft Word provides options to add headers and page numbers automatically. It uses elements that you’ve added to create headers and set your page numbers.