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How to Format for Kindle: 5 Easy Steps

Updated on January 31, 2013

Mystery Unraveled!

My husband and I co-author a food blog, and we recently decided to self-publish a recipe eBook about feeding picky eaters, What to Cook for Dinner for Picky Eaters. We knew we wanted to make our eBook available for Kindle users, but figuring out how to format for Kindle seemed like a mystery we'd never solve!

There seemed to be a fair amount of information on the topic, but most of it was either complex or involved purchasing software or programs promising to convert your document into a version that would be accepted in the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing program. Then one day, in a last ditch attempt to find information that would enable me to do the formatting myself, I read the words, "5 Easy Steps." It was like music to my ears!

Continue reading if you are on the same quest I was on to get your publication formatted for Kindle... your solution is moments away, and it is quick and easy.

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A Picture Worth 1,000 Words!

Ever felt like pulling out your hair would literally be easier than the task at hand? That's precisely how I felt before stumbling onto the video below!

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Brief Video Instructions

In just over 7 minutes, Award-Winning National Bestselling Author, C. J. Lyons, shares 5 simple steps to format your eBook for Kindle. Not only that, she also gives you a tip for creating a "scene divider" using characters that are easily read in eReaders, a different type of reading experience than when you have book-in-hand.

And Now You Should be Set.... Formatted for Kindle!

Depending on where you are in your publishing process, you may now be ready to submit your document to Kindle Direct Publishing. This information does not include anything about your book cover, so if you have not designed one or had one designed for you, you will need to take care of that before you can submit your document.

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      TheChefsWife 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Awesome! If you enjoy writing, which being in Squidoo, you probably do, I'd highly recommend considering it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, I have a few picky eaters. I'll be by your blog later. This topic is totally new to me. I know nothing about publishing an ebook.

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      TheChefsWife 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Dave and you're welcome! Please come share when you do publish. I'd love to see it. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I hope to learn more this year about publishing a Kindle ebook. Thanks for sharing this lens. I'll be back to visit again.

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      TheChefsWife 5 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: Awesome...... glad you found the lens valuable! I wish you much success in whatever endeavor for which you will be using the info..... please come back and let me know when you've used it. I would love to see what you're working on. :)

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Ha, bookmarked - thanks!

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      TheChefsWife 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Sounds like an exciting year for you... can't wait to see what you are referring to!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I hope to need this information sometime later this year! Thanks!

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      TheChefsWife 5 years ago

      @IMKZRNU2: Oh, WOW.... I am SO glad! I wish you the BEST with your eBook! I am going to update the lens with some new information that I think you will find valuable.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I am a die-hard bookie as well....but something about the convenience of having countless books always at your fingertips has changed me to enjoy the whole ereader experience. The timing on this information is perfect for me! I have just started working on my ebook for Kindle....thanks for sharing!

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I am an avid book reader who like to hold a book in my hand, so formatting a Kindle or any other bookreader is unlikely to happen for me. This is a great lens for those who have gotten bookreaders.