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How to Publish on Kindle

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									                                    Publishing On Kindle




                                                       By Jason Fladlien

Contents
 Introduction .............................................................................................................................................. 2
 Emulating The "Kindle" Formatting Look.................................................................................................. 3
 Creating Your Cover .................................................................................................................................. 4
 Uploading Your Document To Amazon..................................................................................................... 5
Introduction
Kindle is easy to publish on and is a wonderful way to repurpose your content to tap into a completely
new media channel.

There are several formats you can publish to Kindle with: pdf, doc and even html. Of all these formats, I
recommend you use doc. This is "doc" and not "docx"... which is the format Microsoft Word switched to
in 2007.

You can use Microsoft Word or OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/) to create doc files. If you use
Microsoft Word, just make sure you click "Save As" and select "Word 97-2003 Document" from the drop
down menu when you save your document.




This will save it as a ".doc" file. In OpenOffice the process is pretty similar.

Before we get into the actual publishing, there are some formatting issues you should be aware of.
Emulating the "Kindle" Formatting Look
Here's what I do when formatting a doc to be published on Kindle. I resize the document. Specifically to
"A5" paper size (5.83" x 8.27"). Then I change the margins to 3/4 inch on the sides and 1 inch on top and
bottom.

Then select "Margins" and click on "Moderate".




In Word it's easy to do this. Just click "Page Layout" then click "Size" and select "A5".
This will "simulate" the approximate size of what your document will look like on Kindle. This is very
helpful with images... As what looks good on your Word doc for an image may be resized to a much
smaller image for the Kindle (or not show up properly at all).

Speaking of images... If you put a color image in your document, it will be converted to black and white
when viewed on a Kindle reader. (However, Kindle for iPhone and Kindle for PC will still render color).

For images inside your document only GIF, PNG, BMP and JPEG formats are supported. The files must be
no larger than 127 KB in size. For your cover only JPEG and TIFF formats are supported, with a minimum
of 500 pixels in width and height for size.

For fonts, I recommend Times or Times New Roman, 12 point. It renders best on Kindles. Also, changing
your “Paragraph Alignment” from “Left” to “Justify” makes it look better on Kindle as well.

Finally, it's recommended that you remove the header and footer completely from your document.

In Word you go to “Insert -> Header -> Edit Header”. Change both the "Header from Top" and "Footer
from Bottom" to 0.




Of course you don't have to do any of these steps - I've just found it's easier to prepare a document for
Kindle this way, because I get to see how it will look on Kindle while I'm working on the document.

Creating Your Cover
Here's a hot tip I learned from Daniel Hall (http://jmflad.com/Kindle) about creating a cover image easily
for your Kindle document (which you upload when you go to upload your Kindle book).

What you do is go to http://bigstockphoto.com/ and create an account. Then you can buy credits, which
in turn allow you to purchase stock photos. So find a stock photo that fits with your Kindle book. Now
drag and drop that Image onto the front page of your Word document. Then put your Title above it, and
your name below it.

Then use a screen capture tool. (You can use MWSnap if you don't have any screen capture software.)
Simply take a snapshot of your title page and save it as either a tiff or a jpeg image file. There you go -
that's the cover for your Kindle eBook.
Uploading Your Document to Amazon
To upload your document you need to go to https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/signin and sign in. You can use
your regular Amazon account to log in. If you don't have an account sign up for one, then log in.

Once logged into the digital text platform, you'll see something like this:




Click on “Add a New Title”.

You'll be taken to a page where you can put in all the details for your Kindle book.

The first thing you see is “Title” - put in the title of your book (remember, keyword rich titles help!).
Next, enter your “Description”. You can use 4000 characters for your description and I recommend you
use as many of those characters as you can.

The more content that you have in your description, the higher the chances are that you'll be found
when someone does a search for Kindle books.

Next, click on the "Add Contributors" button and add yourself as the author. If you are publishing
licensed content and you are not the author, then put the actual author’s name in there and under
"Publishing Details" put your name as the publisher.
If you wish to, you can use a “Pen Name” instead of your real first and last name.

Next, under “Publishing Details”, select the language for the book. Under “Publisher” you should put
your full http URL to your website. Don't put anything in for “Publication Date” or “ISBN”.

Next, select whether it is a Public Domain work or not.

Now, add the appropriate categories for your Kindle book. You can select up to 5 categories, and I
recommend you pick 5 different categories. Again, this can help your Kindle eBook get maximum
exposure.

Next, add your search keywords. You can use up to 7, so put in 7 keywords! (Keywords must be
separated by commas).

For “Product Image”, upload your product image. Remember: only JPEG and TIFF image files are
supported for your product image cover. The minimum dimensions are 500 pixels so just make your
width and height greater than 500 pixels for your cover image.

Finally, under “Book Content” you can select whether or not to enable Digital Rights Management. I
personally do not enable it, because I want my Kindle eBook to be passed around and shared by as many
people as possible.

Now hit "Save and Continue".

You'll be taken to the "Rights and Pricing" page. This is where you can select you “Content Rights” and
your “Royalty Options”. Under “Content Rights”, just select “Worldwide Rights”.

Under “Royalty Options” you have two choices: 35% or 70%. Here is the difference. If you select the
35% royalty, you can price your eBook from as little as $0.99 to as much as $200. If you select 70%, then
you must price your book between $2.99 and $9.99.
So make the selection for “Royalty” depending on what makes sense for you and your business model.

The final step: hit "Save and Publish" and you're done! There you go – it’s that easy!

								
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