The other sections of the Word to Kindle module so far have been showing you how to do the individual things you need to know to do in order to properly format a Kindle book. In this section, we’re going to put all of that knowledge to good use and format a whole Kindle book from beginning to end.

The book we’ll be formatting is called Utah Bucket List: 50 Things to See and Do in Utah Before You Die. It’s something I threw together for the purposes of this walkthrough. It’s not a real book that I plan on publishing, but it has all the elements of a real book. I came up with the list of 50 things, but the paragraph or two that come after each one are just copied from Wikipedia, with some good ol’ lorem ipsum dummy text thrown in occasionally to fill things out.

The book consists of 50 things to see or do in Utah (obviously). It is broken up into 5 different sections or chapters: 1) Northern Utah), 2) The West Desert, 3) Northeastern Utah, 4) St. George and Environs, and 5) Moab and Environs. Each of those 5 different chapters contains a handful of things to see or do in the respective area. Each of the 50 things to see and do is numbered. Right below the numbered item is a very brief description of the item, and below that is a paragraph or two describing that item. The book also has an introduction and a couple appendices. For the sake of illustration, there are some endnotes after the appendices.

Note that novels and other fiction books are usually even easier to format (you don’t need to insert images, may not need a table of contents, etc.), so if you can format this nonfiction book, you can format just about any book.

Download the plain Word file that you’ll be working with (and that you can see me working with) and the necessary images here. It’s a zipped file (1.5 MB) that you’ll need to unzip. It contains the folder structure as shown in the first video below, the pre-formatting Word file (Utah Bucket List.doc), the post-formatting Word file (Utah Bucket List (formatted).doc), the images you’ll need to insert into the book, the saved .htm version of the file with its folder of images, and the UtahBucketList.zip file that you would upload to Amazon (these last two things are located in the Kindle Final > V1 subfolder).

Video 1: Laying the foundation

The video below (5:55 in length) covers the following:

  • 0:00 – Unzipping the Utah Bucket List.zip file
  • 0:25 – Opening Utah Bucket List.doc
  • 0:30 – Clearing all formatting
  • 1:50 – Removing double returns
  • 3:47 – Inserting page breaks
  • 5:55 – End

[Note: The very first step is to create the appropriate folder structure for your book. More information on that is here. It’s already been done for you when you download the zipped file above.]

 

Video 2: Setting up the styles

The video below (8:25 in length) covers the following:

  • 0:00 – Working with the Normal style (which we rename Normal Text)
    • 12 pt font, Times New Roman
    • First line indent: .01 inches
    • Spacing before paragraphs: 10 pt
    • Spacing after paragraphs: 0 pt
  • 2:02 – Working with the Heading 1 style (which we rename Chapter Headings)
    • Bold, 24 pt font, Times New Roman, Centered
    • First line indent: .01 inches
    • Spacing before paragraphs: 12 pt
    • Spacing after paragraphs: 12 pt
  • 3:12 – Working with the Heading 2 style (which we rename 50 Things)
    • Not italicized, bold, 16 pt font, Times New Roman
    • First line indent: .01 inches
    • Spacing before paragraphs: 16 pt
    • Spacing after paragraphs: 3 pt
  • 4:18 – Working with the Subtitle style (which we rename Brief Description)
    • Italicized, not bold, 10 pt font, left alignment, Times New Roman
    • First line indent: .01 inches
    • Spacing before paragraphs: 10 pt
    • Spacing after paragraphs: 0 pt
  • 5:38 – Working with the Heading 3 style (which we rename Chapter Intros)
    • Italicized, not bold, 12 pt font, left alignment, Times New Roman
    • First line indent: .01 inches
    • Spacing before paragraphs: 10 pt
    • Spacing after paragraphs: 0 pt
  • 6:42 – Inserting some more page breaks after the chapter introductions
  • 7:40 – Using the No Spacing style
  • 8:25 – End

 

Video 3: Applying all styles

Note that this isn’t a terribly interesting video. There is no sound, and the entire video consists solely of going through the document from beginning to end and applying styles individually to everything in the document as needed. Still, the video is here in case there is part of the process that you want to see done.

This is the timeline for the video below (7:28 in length):

  • 0:00 – Removing styles from the Quick Style Gallery
  • 0:10 – Applying the styles that are already made
  • 3:05 – Idea #25 (half-way)
  • 6:01 – Appendix A, with some soft returns
  • 6:32 – Appendix B, with some more soft returns
  • 6:59 – Endnotes
  • 7:09 – Other books by the author, with a final soft return
  • 7:28 – End

 

Video 4: Tying up loose ends

The video below (7:08 in length) goes over a few other things that you need to do for your book. These are some of the finishing touches. The video covers the following:

  • 0:00 – Making endnotes clickable
  • 2:39 – Making the table of contents clickable
  • 2:35 – Adding the bookmarks for the start of the book and table of contents
  • 5:56 – Creating the links on the “Other books by this author” page
  • 7:08 – End

 

Video 5: Adding images to your book

The video below (9:10 in length) goes over a few other things that you need to do for your book.

  • 0:00 – Inserting images
  • 0:40 – Disable “Enable PNG as an output format”
  • 1:20 – Preventing image resizing (method 1)
  • 3:10 – Preventing image resizing (method 2)
  • 4:38 – Centering images
  • 5:14 – Adding captions
  • 5:50 – Formatting captions
  • 7:22 – Adding a couple more images and captions
  • 9:10 – End

 

Video 6: Saving, packaging, and uploading

The video below (2:20 in length) covers what you need to do to get your book from a Word document on your computer to a Kindle book that anyone can download.

  • 0:00 – Saving the Word document in the proper format for uploading to Amazon
  • 0:34 – Packaging the files
  • 1:03 – Uploading your packaged file to Amazon
  • 1:45 – Previewing and downloading your Kindle ebook file
  • 2:20 – End

 

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