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#1 JordanTheNinja


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Posted 08 December 2016 - 09:34 PM

Currently trying to publish to Kindle Direct, and formatting my Word document so that it won't look terrible on a Kindle is a terrible process. Does anyone know a software or a definite way to format the Word doc so it'll look good when I publish it?


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Posted 09 December 2016 - 09:07 AM

I have no advice, but I was just going to say I would be interested in hearing the same answer from people. I hired someone because I didn't want to mess with it, but it was expensive.

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 01:17 PM

I have not used them, but templates on Joel Friedlander's bookdesigner site seem interesting. I've watched a video and they're able to do it very quickly and easily and it's applicable for both POD and ebook. There's a cost, but it might be worth it for you.

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 04:20 PM

I've used Calibre and had fairly decent success with it, though if you have a more complicated file (such as if you need a ncx file--which you need for a usable table of contents--or have a lot of images) you will need to edit its output.


You can also hire a professional book formatter. Though I would get recommendations for one if you choose to go that way--some are much better than others.

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 04:42 PM

This might be a little late in coming, but I cannot recommend Scrivener highly enough. It's only forty dollars to buy and it will allow you to easily complie documents in a variety of formats, including MOBI and EPUB files. There's a bit of a learning curve, but if you take the full tutorial (it takes a solid couple of hours), you'll get it easy enough. I use Scrivener for everything. Good luck!

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