Formatting in Word 16 for Kindle

Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about formatting in Microsoft Word 16 for Kindle.

First, you just type like you normally would. That being said, there are a few things Kindle doesn’t ‘translate’, such as special word styles, headers, footers, bullets, auto numbering, text boxes, and certain types of fonts. Putting those things into a document you intend to upload, convert, and publish on Kindle won’t even register, so it’s wasted effort.

What does Kindle recognize? Bold, italics, headings, and indentation. Kindle will automatically indent the first line of a paragraph if you don’t- although I personally prefer to indent them myself. Also, if you want to see what your e-book manuscript will look like after conversion on Kindle, you can set the document size to 3.5″ by 5″, with .25″ margins all around. That view will give you a pretty good idea how it will look on Kindle.

Don’t forget to use a Page Break to separate the Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication Page, and between chapters. This will create a neater and cleaner presentation for your readers.

Happy Writing!


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