Thursday, January 6, 2011

Format Your eBook for Kindle in One Hour now available as a $0.99 ebook!

If you liked my blog post about formatting for Kindle, you’re in luck. I’ve rewritten those instructions to be easier and quicker and put it all in this $0.99 Kindle ebook.

Format Your eBook for Kindle in One Hour - A Step-by-Step Guide provides, surprisingly enough, basic step-by-step instructions on how to format your ebook for Kindle. It gives you the necessary steps to format your book as quickly as possible without using Amazon’s conversion tools. This book is not a reference guide that tells you every minute detail about formatting books for Kindle.

If you don’t want to pay to have some service convert a manuscript into the Kindle format, but you also don’t want to spend a lot of time on it yourself, then this book is for you. This is also for you if you don’t like the automatic conversion results that the Kindle tools provide. With this guide YOU determine where the page breaks are, how many line breaks between your chapter title and the start of the page, and so on.

The goal of this guide is to enable you to (relatively) quickly format your ebook in a simple fashion with cover art, copyright page, clickable table of contents, and chapter titles. So you aren’t overwhelmed, these instructions tell you how to format your ebook in one way, with minimal options.

This book includes a link to an HTML template that you can use for any Kindle ebook. You do NOT need to know HTML. You just need to replace some placeholder text to specify your book information in a text editor such as Notepad or Microsoft Expression. You’ll also need to do some Find & Replace on your book in Word, plus some Copy & Paste.

These instructions tell you how to include the following in your ebook:
                Line breaks
                Page breaks
                Links from one part of your book to another part of your book
                Cover art
                Copyright page
                Links to any website (for web-capable devices)
                Clickable table of contents
                Chapter titles
                Numbered and bulleted lists

Also included are instructions on how to zip your files for submission to Amazon DTP.

This eBook is published DRM-free. You can buy it here for just 99 cents!


  1. This must be your new YA adventure novel I've been waiting for... ;)

  2. Sorry to add another comment here, Derek, but I saw on another blog that you are a technical writer for Microsoft. I'm an IT Director for a small county govt in Wisconsin, so you and I have some commonality in that regard. Also, I would expect your new step by step guide to be pretty good considering it is similar to your day job of technical writing.

  3. Yes, Manley, yep! Lots of adventure in this book. ;)

    Hopefully, my technical writing skills will be evident in this book. ;)

  4. Derek,
    Have you tried publishing direct with Apple? I wanted to but had too much trouble, so I went with Smashwords instead. But I want to publish direct.

  5. Derek,

    Thank you for this book! I just bought it on Amazon. Have you published with Barnes & Noble as well? If so, would I be bale to use the same file and upload it for B&N, or would I need to do some different formatting to the file? I have been able to find tons of information on formating for Kindle, your book was the first source with the"how to" for everything I wanted to be able to though, but finding formating information for B&N has been pretty difficult to find. Especially finding chapter link, cover art, and everything else I want to do that is offered in this book.

    Scrittore- Italian for Writer

  6. Melisssa, I'm glad you like the book! I have not published a how-to book for Barnes & Noble as it is a much more difficult process. I have to wait and see how this book does and see if it's worth it to do a similar thing for Nook. This site has some instructions on formatting for epub (the format used for Nook), but it's quite involved.