By Aaron Shepard
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Have you ever jumped to a brand new bankruptcy in a Kindle ebook and visible that the bankruptcy heading had misplaced its formatting? have you ever opened a Kindle booklet to discover that the font began manner too small or method too huge? have you ever attempted to alter to another font whereas interpreting and stumbled on you couldn't? Has a Kindle thoroughly neglected formatting you knew used to be within the book?
According to Amazon, the easiest approach to post your Kindle ebook is to add an HTML dossier you've stored from Microsoft notice or one other observe processor. on its own, that process can convey you possibly eighty% of ways to a well-formatted, simple booklet. yet what in regards to the different 20%?
In this follow-up to his bestselling "From observe to Kindle," Aaron Shepard takes your stored HTML as a place to begin and tells the right way to speedy tweak and track it to prevent universal difficulties. Assuming no wisdom of HTML, he introduces the fundamentals of the language, then finds how one can use find-and-replace and macros to the touch up a whole booklet in seconds!
If you're excited about Kindle publishing and you're technically vulnerable -- yet now not a full-fledged geek -- Aaron offers the information you want to convey your Kindle ebook to the subsequent point, making it whatever really to be happy with.
From the author:
If you're publishing on Kindle, likelihood is you will have your e-book to seem its absolute best. yet that regularly calls for a job no longer played by means of so much Kindle authors -- specifically, solving the HTML you submit.
Many authors stick to Amazon's suggested method of create their Kindle booklet: Compose in Microsoft be aware, export to HTML -- the language of ebooks and the internet -- then undergo Amazon KDP. It's an method I speak about intimately in my booklet "From notice to Kindle." different authors use comparable tools with different observe processors.
Done competently, formatting in a note processor like note can carry you perhaps eighty% of ways to a well-formatted booklet. but when you will have your publication to appear pretty much as good because it can, there's that different 20% to fret approximately. Now, perfection seriously isn't attainable at the Kindle, given the quirks, insects, and boundaries of the platform itself. yet you could come nearer -- if you're keen to tinker with HTML.
Does that concept scare you? It doesn't have to. You don't need to learn that language (though it definitely won't harm for those who do are looking to learn). All you would like is with the intention to realize small bits of code I'll indicate to you, and shift it or change it with different bits. lots of the adjustments might be performed with easy find-and-replace operations. in truth, in the event you arrange a grasp macro as i like to recommend, the entire task may be comprehensive in seconds.
Here are many of the belongings you can accomplish via adjustments in HTML.
* modify bookmarks so headings continue right formatting while jumped to.
* get rid of settings that cease the consumer from identifying their own.
* hold fonts from showing a lot too small or a lot too huge while the publication is opened.
* determine indents and different spacing remains relative to bigger and smaller font sizes.
* Make up for beneficial properties misplaced in translation out of your observe processor, like nonbreaking hyphens.
* cease "ghost hyphens" from showing in the course of words.
* preserve pages of textual content from disappearing for a few users.
* hinder the Kindle from using its personal defaults rather than your settings.
Since note is the most typical device for producing HTML for Kindle, I'll concentration totally on Word's exported code, making this publication an ideal better half to my prior one. but when you're utilizing a special notice processor or a devoted publication software -- or perhaps if you're writing HTML without delay -- the overall rules I offer should aid. actually, I'll supply a few tips about Kindle formatting with HTML that you just won't locate even in books devoted to that approach.
Aaron Shepard is a most popular proponent of the hot enterprise of ecocnomic self publishing, which he has practiced and helped increase on account that 1998. he's the writer of "Aiming at Amazon," "POD for Profit," "Perfect Pages," and Amazon's number 1 and #2 bestselling paid books on Kindle formatting, "From notice to Kindle" and "Pictures on Kindle."