Amazon Kindle Format Tips for Authors

Kindle FormattingIf you want people to buy your Kindle book, and hopefully give it a good review, it must be formatted correctly! As an author, formatting your Kindle book can really weigh you down and distract you from actually doing what is important–which is writing.  Poorly formatted kindle books can lead to refunds and bad reviews.

I’ve been thinking of the importance of this lately, and came across a great blog post entitled, “5 Quick Tips I Learned for Business Authors to Easily Format Kindle eBooks for Amazon.”

This reminded me of a few tips I would like to remind you of when formatting Kindle books.

  1. Proof Read – This may seem like a no brain-er, but customers do not like books with lots of grammatical or spelling errors. ALWAYS have someone else proof your book. When you know what it is supposed to say, you don’t always catch the mistakes. This goes for spell checking as well. Make sure you spell check your entire document several times. Just to be safe.
  2. Test Your Book – Test your book with Amazon’s online viewer to make sure it looks right. When you upload it to KDP don’t just trust that everything will look right. Use the Amazon Viewer to make sure it looks the way you want it to. If not, tweak it. Don’t just think that it’s good enough. People like their Kindle books to look like books. They don’t want a lot of awkward spaces.
  3. Font and Point Size – Make sure you are using a common point and font size. The most commonly used is Times New Roman 12 Point.
  4. Cover – Don’t underestimate the cover of your Kindle book. It needs to be eye catching. There are several free programs where you can make great looking covers on your won without breaking the bank. If you don’t feel you have time to do that, then consider hiring someone. But, make sure the cover represents what your book is about.

These are just a few tips, but they are good ones to start with. Do you have some tips for Kindle formatting?

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