From Word to Kindle: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Microsoft Word, or Tips and Secrets for Formatting Your Text in MS Word and Converting Your Document to a Kindle Ebookby Aaron Shepard Published 31 Jul 2011
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"From Word to Kindle: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Microsoft Word, or Tips and Secrets for Formatting Your Text in MS Word and Converting Your Document to a Kindle Ebook" Reviews
Thank goodness for Aaron Shepard. He tucks you under his wing and flies you past all the BS. He's the king of parsimony - the finest butcher who shaves all the fat out of a confusing process and leaves you with just the lean necessities. I'm ready to brush the dust off my old manuscript and edit the hell out of it. The rest looks like it will be the easy part. Thank you, Aaron!
Must have to help you with formatting when using HTML. Simple to follow instructions very little problems uploading when formatting as described.
This books provides a good primer on some of the ways that you can use Microsoft Word to get a halfway decent Kindle book into the marketplace, but it isn't the workflow that I'd use. I think that when combined with his HTML Fixes for Kindle book you'll actually be able to put together a pretty decent book, but I don't agree with all of his stylistic choices and defaults and think that he's lacking a bit of the final finesse that makes a Kindle Book truly enjoyable to read.
If you are starting from scratch, though, with no experience, and want to get a lot of basics into your own workflow from the start, then you could certainly do worse than reading this book and following the directions, as they are simple, straightforward, and if everybody used them then while there may not be perfect books out there there would be far fewer really poor ones.
"From Word to Kindle" by Aaron Shepard is a short but reasonably comprehensive guide to self-publishing on Amazon. Mr. Shepard offers a plethora of handy tips for formatting your document in Word, regardless of which version you have. His experiences in creating documents in Word for publication in a format Kindles can read has shown him many ways to simplify the process. Having never published anything myself, I cannot testify as to the efficacy of these tips, but they certainly sound helpful.
I intend to try them out myself, just to see how easy/difficult it is to make something that will be readable on my several Kindles. I'll let you know what I learn! Of course, if I do publish something for Kindle, you all will have to download it so I can learn how it is interpreted by whichever Kindle or Kindle app you use! Don't worry, it will be free, if I have anything to say about it.
Note: This book is for intermediate to advanced users of Word.
Aaron's advice is solid. It'll help anyone confused by the formatting issues caused by Word, html idiosyncrasies, or various versions of the Kindle reader. I learned a few things I didn't know, and I highlighted them for future reference. Although I watched for typos as I read, I couldn't find many.
I disagree on a couple of minor points - a matter of personal preference. And I don't like Aaron's use of typographic devices or his practice of moving the table of contents to the very front of the book. He does present a convincing argument for both techniques. However, they produce a book that, in my opinion, doesn't look as professional as it could.
I was having problems with formatting my kindle ebook so I did a quick Amazon search and found this.
Aaron Shepard provides a perfect quick read and how to guide for those trying to perfect their kindle e-book. The books provides in valuable advice on how to change your settings on Word, all of the main problems and how to overcome them.
He correctly points out that any document created in Word or other publishing platform will have faults unless you use the correct approach.
Well worth it at 1.99. The only improvement might be a checklist, but it was still a good useful reference text.