How to make a Kindle Ebook

Making a Kindle Ebook

Build your own Kindle EBook, little by little, with images Disclaimer: From November 2012 Amazon seems to reject some e-books made with Calibre. I' m going to start today a show about how you can post your own eBook. I' ve had a reasonable amount of interest in my post on this topic in the last few months and I wanted to give some substance to my claim that self-releasing an ebook isn't much tougher than pressing save on your copywriter.

It' an even simpler way to not only size e-books, but also publish them. To be honest, that's really the case, with the condition that you produce a novel or a brief and do things right from the beginning. If you want a complete view of the technological why and what for, I suggest you read Mark Coker's Smashwords Style Guide (available here for free), but such comprehension is not absolutely necessary if you are following the processes described here.

These instructions are disassembled as much as I can, with images to show you which knobs to press! In the end, if you just take the above mentioned step, you should have a working eBook. I' m going to focus on the Kindle today. Right now we're just concentrating on driving work on Amazon's Kindle, by far the largest online Amazon games in the city.

You' ll need an Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing for that. I will just go around you by the making of the ebook data you are uploading to Amazon this case. You' ll also need a few more things, most of which are free or you really should have as a novelist thinking about the publication of a novel or comic.

You' ll need a copy of Calibre (a free open access eBook collection and an eBook authoring program), a text editor and a novel or brief work. The majority of e-books use a simple HTML format, the same tagging format used to create web pages. If you write a text you just need to keep your text as clear as possible, which means you need to use a minimal number of style.

All you need for a novel is a header and a regular one. When your work is subdivided into sections only, you should use the Header One theme for your section headings. When your text is split into more complicated parts, sections and possibly even sub-chapters, you should use your headings in a hierarchical group.

Part of the headers should be One, chapter should be Header Two, subchapter Title Three. I' m assuming you'll only use chapter for a novel. To make a brief history, the only heading you might have is the heading itself. Don't make indentations with more than one space, use a style with an indentation in the first line instead.

Select your section headers with the headline text. I would suggest that if you have already typed your text, just select the entire text and remove all text genres (unless your text is already in this format). Turn on Reveal Formatting and go through your text by deleting any tabbed or space-created heels.

When this is done, give all marked texts the standard format. Browse your section headers and make sure they are all in your preferred header styles. This example shows that I centered and bold printed the header styles. Include your textbooks as HTML files in Calibre.

Your book's HTML will be added to the main directory. When you look into the lower right edge, you will see that the size is PLUS. At the top of your monitor you will see a drop-down menue with the text Entry Formats CIP.

In the upper right corner the display should be in MOBI mode. In the dropdown list, if the display mode is not MOBI. That is the current ebook style used by Amazon. Below the display formats you see a number of fields for meta data such as title, author(s), publishing house, and so on.

Uploading the work to Amazon will not have much effect, as you will post this information as a resource on the Amazon website. However, the meta information you enter here is still in the podcast and will be preserved if someone is converting your eBook to another formats if you are selling it without DRM (which I think you should, but this is an item for another tag for :)).

Then click on the Change image field and upload your artwork image. Setting the Kindle display profiles. When you need to manually customize your menus, you can use the drop-down list to ensure that the HTML tag in your document creates the right layers of headers in your TOC, i.e. Header One creates a Top Layer TOC linking, Header Two creates the next layer, and so on.

When you click the OK and Calibre will process your eBook for a while. You' ve made your Kindle ebook. Click on the location where MOBI is next to Formats: You will get a sneak peek at your eBook in Mobi format.

If you click on Open, you get the current MOBI of your eBook. Use the Previewer to view the previews or copy them to your Kindle or Kindle application on your phone or computer to see what it looks like. That is the real document you will be uploading to Amazon.

The great benefit of this approach is that you can easily generate your own EXPUB file by using Calibre to change the export form. Disclaimer: From November 2012 Amazon seems to reject some e-books made with Calibre. Would you like to know when the next Kormak album will be published, as well as rebates and free shorts, please subscribe to my mailinglist.

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