By Aaron Shepard
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Have you ever jumped to a brand new bankruptcy in a Kindle booklet and noticeable that the bankruptcy heading had misplaced its formatting? have you ever opened a Kindle publication to discover that the font began means too small or manner too huge? have you ever attempted to alter to another font whereas interpreting and stumbled on you couldn't? Has a Kindle thoroughly overlooked formatting you knew was once within the book?
According to Amazon, the easiest option to post your Kindle e-book is to add an HTML dossier you've kept from Microsoft note or one other be aware processor. on its own, that approach can deliver you might be eighty% of ways to a well-formatted, common 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 find out how to quick tweak and song it to prevent universal difficulties. Assuming no wisdom of HTML, he introduces the fundamentals of the language, then finds tips on how to use find-and-replace and macros to the touch up a whole e-book in seconds!
If you're occupied with Kindle publishing and you're technically susceptible -- yet no longer a full-fledged geek -- Aaron offers the information you want to deliver your Kindle booklet to the subsequent point, making it anything actually to be happy with.
From the author:
If you're publishing on Kindle, likelihood is you will have your e-book to appear its best possible. yet that frequently calls for a role now not played through so much Kindle authors -- specifically, solving the HTML you submit.
Many authors persist with Amazon's instructed method of create their Kindle publication: Compose in Microsoft observe, export to HTML -- the language of ebooks and the internet -- then undergo Amazon KDP. It's an technique I speak about intimately in my publication "From observe to Kindle." different authors use related tools with different be aware processors.
Done adequately, formatting in a be aware processor like observe can deliver you might be eighty% of how to a well-formatted e-book. but when you will have your booklet to appear nearly as good because it can, there's that different 20% to fret approximately. Now, perfection isn't attainable at the Kindle, given the quirks, insects, and obstacles 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 when you do are looking to learn). All you would like is on the way to realize small bits of code I'll indicate to you, and shift it or exchange it with different bits. many of the adjustments will be performed with easy find-and-replace operations. in truth, when you arrange a grasp macro as i like to recommend, the full activity should be comprehensive in seconds.
Here are many of the stuff you can accomplish via alterations in HTML.
* alter bookmarks so headings continue right formatting while jumped to.
* get rid of settings that cease the consumer from deciding on their own.
* preserve fonts from showing a lot too small or a lot too huge whilst the publication is opened.
* be sure indents and different spacing remains relative to bigger and smaller font sizes.
* Make up for beneficial properties misplaced in translation out of your be aware 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 instead of your settings.
Since be aware is the most typical device for producing HTML for Kindle, I'll concentration totally on Word's exported code, making this ebook an ideal better half to my past one. but when you're utilizing a unique be aware processor or a devoted book software -- or maybe if you're writing HTML at once -- the final ideas I supply may still support. in reality, I'll supply a few pointers on Kindle formatting with HTML that you just won't locate even in books devoted to that approach.
Aaron Shepard is a most efficient proponent of the hot company of ecocnomic self publishing, which he has practiced and helped improve considering 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 note to Kindle" and "Pictures on Kindle."