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Tips on How to format a Word 2003 document for Kindle

Updated on September 20, 2012
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A few months back I unpublished some of my hubs which were mostly on Feng Shui and Gemstones. I did this after I received an email from a hubber suggesting its best to remove non-performing hubs for if left it can have a negative impact on the views of the rest of the hubs.

Now to me non-performing hubs were those which hardly got any views but what this hubber forgot to mention was it takes time for hubs to get views since on the internet articles need time to age before Google begins sending it some decent traffic. Did I regret unpublishing all those hubs? I did at first for the hubs which I didn’t unpublish and which were written around the same time as the hubs I removed today gets some very good traffic.

But last week I decided to take all those unpublished hubs and convert it into a Kindle book. So far I have made two sales and yes, I am really happy I made the decision to convert those hubs into a Kindle book.

There’s good money in selling Kindle books but it takes time. One reason for this is readers have to find your book. Readers are ideal in promoting your book for through their recommendations there’s a possibility others will consider buying your books.

You can also use twitter and facebook to promote your Kindle book. In my case I did not use twitter or facebook to market my books. I was lucky a reader found two of my books on their own and purchased it.

Writing a Kindle book is not easy if you have no knowledge of how to format the word document according to Kindle conversion requirements. If not formatted properly your book will end up with many typos and formatting errors.

I use Microsoft Office Word 2003 when writing and it’s the same version I used for writing my Kindle books. Listed below are some tips I found to be helpful when it came to formatting my word 2003 document for Kindle.

Font and Font Size for Kindle

When choosing the Font and Font size for your Kindle book Times New Roman 12 pt is fine but I used Georgia 11 pt for the title and 10 pt for the rest of the words.

Front Matter of a Kindle Book

The Front Matter contains the first pages of your kindle book which should display the title, copyright, dedication etc. You can find more information about the types of contents which should be included in the Front Matter of a Kindle book by reading Amazon’s online article ‘Simplified Guide to Building a Kindle Book.’


How to Insert A Page Break

When starting a new chapter or page click ‘Insert’ at the top menu bar and select ‘Break’ and under ‘Break Types’ choose ‘page break’ and click ok.

Always remember to ‘insert the page break after the last sentence of each chapter to prevent the chapters from running together.’


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How to Format the Title For Kindle Book

Center your title and other details which you plan to include in the title page. Insert a page break at the end of the title as shown in the diagram to begin a new page.


How to Insert Images to Kindle Book

When including images in your Kindle book it should be in the .jpeg format with center alignment. To place an image select insert>picture>find the location of the file and select it.

How to Make a Table of Contents for a Kindle Book

A kindle book should have a Table of Contents since this makes it easy for the reader to search the topics which is of interest to him. To make the Table of Contents for your Kindle book using Word 2003 do the following.

First click on the View Tab and select ‘toolbars’ and click on ‘outlining.’ An outline level box will appear with the words ‘Body Text” on it. Next highlight the text on the page you want to display as the first heading under the Table of Contents. Select level 1 from the box. Go to the next page and highlight the second heading and click level 2 from the box. Repeat the process until you have finished entering all your headings using the levels in the Body Text box. Then insert a page break on the page you want the Table of Contents to follow.

Once you've come to a new page click on the ‘insert’ button on the menu bar and select ‘reference’ and click on ‘index and tables’. Then click on the ‘Table of Contents’ tab. Under General you will find the words ‘Formats ‘and ‘Show Levels.’ Select the type of template you would like from the box next to ‘Formats.’ Then choose the number of levels (which should be equal to the number of headings you've highlighted) from the box next the ‘Show Levels.’ Uncheck the ‘Show page numbers’ box and click OK. You’ve just created your Table of Contents.

How to Include a Bullets List in a Kindle Book

If you want to include a bullets list you can do so by first clicking your cursor at the beginning of the word. Then click once on the ‘increase indent’ on the menu bar. After that click on a number, letter, or line depending on what you prefer to use as the bullet. Then press enter/space bar once and you’re done. Continue doing this until you have completed your bullet list.

How to Save a Formatted Microsoft Office Word 2003 Document for Kindle

Once you’ve formatted your word document save it as ‘Web Page Filtered.’ You can download ‘calibre’ to check if your document looks good enough to upload to Kindle.

I use the caliber version 0.8.68 created by Kovid Goval which is ideal in displaying any typos or formatting errors.

Once you’re happy with how your formatted draft looks sign in to your Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Account and upload the document/documents.

Preview your book before publishing it.

If you don’t have an account you can sign up for one at Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.

For more information on how to format a word document for Kindle the following online articles will be of help:

Simplified Guide to Building a Kindle Book by Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

How to write book in Kindle style by Henry Devries.

© Suranee Perera 2012

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