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NOTE: PLEASE VISIT AARON'S PUBLISHING PAGE FOR ANY UPDATES TO THIS BOOK. Have you ever opened a Kindle book to find that the font started out way too small or way too large? Have you tried to change to a different font while reading and discovered you couldn't? Have you jumped to a new chapter in a Kindle book and seen that the chapter heading lost its formatting? Has a Ki NOTE: PLEASE VISIT AARON'S PUBLISHING PAGE FOR ANY UPDATES TO THIS BOOK. Have you ever opened a Kindle book to find that the font started out way too small or way too large? Have you tried to change to a different font while reading and discovered you couldn't? Have you jumped to a new chapter in a Kindle book and seen that the chapter heading lost its formatting? Has a Kindle completely ignored formatting you knew was in the book? According to Amazon, the simplest way to publish your Kindle book is to upload an HTML file you've saved from Microsoft Word or another app. By itself, that method can bring you maybe 80% of the way to a well-formatted, trouble-free ebook. But what about the other 20%? In this follow-up to his bestselling -From Word to Kindle, - Aaron Shepard takes your saved HTML as a starting point and tells how to quickly tweak and tune it to avoid common problems. Assuming no knowledge of HTML, he introduces the basics of the language, then reveals how to use find-and-replace and macros to touch up an entire book in seconds! If you're serious about Kindle publishing and you're technically inclined -- but not a full-fledged geek -- Aaron provides the tips you need to bring your Kindle book to the next level, making it something truly to be proud of. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Aaron Shepard is a foremost proponent of the new business of profitable self publishing, which he has practiced and helped develop since 1998. He is the author of -Aiming at Amazon, - -POD for Profit, - -Perfect Pages, - and Amazon's #1 and #2 bestselling paid books on Kindle formatting, -From Word to Kindle- and -Pictures on Kindle.- ///////////////////////////////////////////////// CONTENTS Getting Started 1 WORKING WITH HTML HTML and Kindle HTML Export HTML Editing HTML Processing HTML Basics HTML Checking HTML Cleanup HTML Testing 2 HTML FIXES Fixes for Fonts Fixes for Paragraphs Fixes for Headings Fixes for Line Breaking Fixes for Pictures Fixes for Navigation ///////////////////////////////////////////////// SAMPLE Here are some of the things you can accomplish through changes in HTML. * Adjust bookmarks so headings retain proper formatting when jumped to. * Remove settings that stop the user from choosing their own. * Keep fonts from appearing much too small or much too large when the book is opened. * Make sure indents and other spacing stays relative to larger and smaller font sizes. * Avoid line breaks that leave short words dangling at the ends of lines or paragraphs. * Make up for features lost in translation from your word processor, like nonbreaking hyphens. * Stop -ghost hyphens- from appearing in the middle of words. * Keep pages of text from disappearing for some users. * Prevent the Kindle from applying its own defaults in place of your settings.


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NOTE: PLEASE VISIT AARON'S PUBLISHING PAGE FOR ANY UPDATES TO THIS BOOK. Have you ever opened a Kindle book to find that the font started out way too small or way too large? Have you tried to change to a different font while reading and discovered you couldn't? Have you jumped to a new chapter in a Kindle book and seen that the chapter heading lost its formatting? Has a Ki NOTE: PLEASE VISIT AARON'S PUBLISHING PAGE FOR ANY UPDATES TO THIS BOOK. Have you ever opened a Kindle book to find that the font started out way too small or way too large? Have you tried to change to a different font while reading and discovered you couldn't? Have you jumped to a new chapter in a Kindle book and seen that the chapter heading lost its formatting? Has a Kindle completely ignored formatting you knew was in the book? According to Amazon, the simplest way to publish your Kindle book is to upload an HTML file you've saved from Microsoft Word or another app. By itself, that method can bring you maybe 80% of the way to a well-formatted, trouble-free ebook. But what about the other 20%? In this follow-up to his bestselling -From Word to Kindle, - Aaron Shepard takes your saved HTML as a starting point and tells how to quickly tweak and tune it to avoid common problems. Assuming no knowledge of HTML, he introduces the basics of the language, then reveals how to use find-and-replace and macros to touch up an entire book in seconds! If you're serious about Kindle publishing and you're technically inclined -- but not a full-fledged geek -- Aaron provides the tips you need to bring your Kindle book to the next level, making it something truly to be proud of. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Aaron Shepard is a foremost proponent of the new business of profitable self publishing, which he has practiced and helped develop since 1998. He is the author of -Aiming at Amazon, - -POD for Profit, - -Perfect Pages, - and Amazon's #1 and #2 bestselling paid books on Kindle formatting, -From Word to Kindle- and -Pictures on Kindle.- ///////////////////////////////////////////////// CONTENTS Getting Started 1 WORKING WITH HTML HTML and Kindle HTML Export HTML Editing HTML Processing HTML Basics HTML Checking HTML Cleanup HTML Testing 2 HTML FIXES Fixes for Fonts Fixes for Paragraphs Fixes for Headings Fixes for Line Breaking Fixes for Pictures Fixes for Navigation ///////////////////////////////////////////////// SAMPLE Here are some of the things you can accomplish through changes in HTML. * Adjust bookmarks so headings retain proper formatting when jumped to. * Remove settings that stop the user from choosing their own. * Keep fonts from appearing much too small or much too large when the book is opened. * Make sure indents and other spacing stays relative to larger and smaller font sizes. * Avoid line breaks that leave short words dangling at the ends of lines or paragraphs. * Make up for features lost in translation from your word processor, like nonbreaking hyphens. * Stop -ghost hyphens- from appearing in the middle of words. * Keep pages of text from disappearing for some users. * Prevent the Kindle from applying its own defaults in place of your settings.

53 review for HTML Fixes for Kindle: Advanced Self Publishing for Kindle Books, or Tips on Tweaking Your App's HTML So Your Ebooks Look Their Best

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Eidson

    Most helpful in clearing up problems with formatting was maybe more understandable clarification of any issues I had.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    I could mark "currently reading" to as this is a book I am "utilizing" rather than reading and moving on to the next book. The author provides this "sub-title": Advanced Self Publishing for Kindle Books, or Tips on Tinkering with HTML from Microsoft Word or Anything Else So Your Ebook Looks as Good as It Possibly Can." If you have written your book in Word and want to publish to Kindle from that format, this book is an absolute MUST for you. It guides you through all the things you will need to c I could mark "currently reading" to as this is a book I am "utilizing" rather than reading and moving on to the next book. The author provides this "sub-title": Advanced Self Publishing for Kindle Books, or Tips on Tinkering with HTML from Microsoft Word or Anything Else So Your Ebook Looks as Good as It Possibly Can." If you have written your book in Word and want to publish to Kindle from that format, this book is an absolute MUST for you. It guides you through all the things you will need to check BEFORE you upload the book so that the formatting of your Kindle book is clean and professional. What I also liked about the author's approach is that it also, as it's sub-title stated, gave the info needed for "anything else". Personally I'm as comfortable in HTML as in Word. The writer gives a LOT of insight into slight formatting errors that can cause cause poor displays on Kindle. He even gives in-depth HOW-TOs for searches to catch errors. Word writers -- you are going to HAVE to get your hands into the HTML world before uploading but the writer gives you step-by-step instruction on what tools to use (no -- it ISN"T Word) and how to use them. Those same how-to searches are just as helpful to someone who writes their entire book in HTML. For myself, I can see using this book as a guide to creating an in-depth checklist of WHAT to look for, WHAT must be corrected, etc. before uploading into KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). Again -- if you are playing to self-publish a book to Kindle, then this book is a MUST-READ & MUST-DO if you want professional results.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tony Jones

    This is one of those odd titles that not every writer will appreciate or need. It is fairly technical but if you invest the time it will help you tune your HTML before sending it to Kindle. Why is this important? Two reasons: 1) If your content is complex (most people's won't be) this can help make sure it works 2) You can trim your content down and reduce the size of the file. This will then (ideally) make the kindle title smaller which will help maximise your royalties if you are on the higher This is one of those odd titles that not every writer will appreciate or need. It is fairly technical but if you invest the time it will help you tune your HTML before sending it to Kindle. Why is this important? Two reasons: 1) If your content is complex (most people's won't be) this can help make sure it works 2) You can trim your content down and reduce the size of the file. This will then (ideally) make the kindle title smaller which will help maximise your royalties if you are on the higher rate Kindle Direct scheme.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Blaine Moore

    This book is a great primer for knowing what you can do to make a better Kindle book, especially if you are already familiar with HTML. It points out the problems and common gotchas where Kindle defaults are different from web defaults, and some things that you would think would work but don't or that work differently than one would expect. I don't agree 100% with his preferences for what his books will look like, but there were some good ideas in there that I plan on implementing into my own wo This book is a great primer for knowing what you can do to make a better Kindle book, especially if you are already familiar with HTML. It points out the problems and common gotchas where Kindle defaults are different from web defaults, and some things that you would think would work but don't or that work differently than one would expect. I don't agree 100% with his preferences for what his books will look like, but there were some good ideas in there that I plan on implementing into my own workflow so it was certainly worth the price to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Abbott

    I have to be honest and say that it was my partner who read the book, as he is my formatter and publisher. But he said it's the best, most helpful, easiest to follow and understand out of all the books that he has read. So I think it deserves a five star review, if it keeps him happy and stops him buying more books on the subject. And my books have been published without any problems, so I am happy as well. So well worth the price. I have to be honest and say that it was my partner who read the book, as he is my formatter and publisher. But he said it's the best, most helpful, easiest to follow and understand out of all the books that he has read. So I think it deserves a five star review, if it keeps him happy and stops him buying more books on the subject. And my books have been published without any problems, so I am happy as well. So well worth the price.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Stoner

    Very clear Really important content. Hard to read-only if you aren't a programmer but Aaron made html understandable. Very important to understand the inner workings of formatting. I was able to fix the chapter headings in my ebook after reading. Very clear Really important content. Hard to read-only if you aren't a programmer but Aaron made html understandable. Very important to understand the inner workings of formatting. I was able to fix the chapter headings in my ebook after reading.

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