How to Format Picture Books for Kindle
If you are writing a picture book, then you may have heard that formatting is a nightmare. While it is true that formatting can be difficult for Amazon Kindle, it is not impossible and with a little practice you can get good enough added to where you are no longer having trouble.
The two things that you have to be most concerned about when it comes to having a children’s book published in digital form are the specific formatting that you are doing with your text, such as short rhymes instead of full paragraphs, and the images that you are including. There are a few things that you want to keep in mind when it comes to formatting picture books for Kindle, and we will go over those tips here. The thing that you want to keep in mind most is that practice makes perfect. No amount of tutorial information is a substitute for practice and experience.
Make Pictures as Small as Possible While Still Maintaining Quality
First, you want to make your pictures as small as possible while still maintaining quality. There are two reasons for this. First of all, smaller pictures are going to be easier to work with in Microsoft Word and with Amazon Kindle. But the main reason that you want to make your pictures the smallest possible is that when it comes to picture books, you are going to be making less per book because Amazon actually charges you a fee depending upon the size of your book. This is fair because they are the ones storing the book and sending it to people, but if you make your pictures too big, you’re not can be making any money on your book at all. When it comes to a book without pictures, this is only a few cents, but when you add pictures and it can be several dollars.
Use Microsoft Word’s Formatting Tools to Create Your Look
You should also learn everything you can about Microsoft Word and all of their formatting tools so you can create the look of your book. There are lots of formatting tools the Microsoft Word uses that you shouldn’t when it comes to formatting for Kindle because they will be regarded as junk characters by Kindle. You have to learn which Microsoft formatting tools work well with Amazon Kindle and which ones do not.
Use the Microsoft Word Kindle Add-on for Preview Purposes
Finally, you definitely want to download the Microsoft Word add-on Kindle previewer, because you will be able to see without having to upload your book how it is coming along and make any changes quickly. There is a better previewer when you actually upload your book and cover on the Amazon Kindle website, but it can be tiresome to upload it and check to see if your changes fix the problem. The Microsoft Word add-on previewer is a big help if you’re going to may making a lot of changes – and if you are uploading a picture book then you definitely are.
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