Chances are you first created your original work in Word Doc format. Some writers prefer the simplicity of Notepad.. but, to each his own. When you are ready to upload your file for sale you do not want to be sending out your completed product in an easily re-editable format such as Doc. Your final product should be sent in either PDF, Kindle, MP3 (for audio-books) or a generic format for most readers on PC. While no format is completely safe from piracy, having it in PDF or Kindle format eliminates any re-editing by the casual reader.
Converting A Word Doc to PDF Format
Doing is exceptionally easy and it is not necessary to own a full copy of Adobe PDF. If you have a 2010 copy of Microsoft Word (or later) it will take you only about 2 minutes to convert your document, including images, to PDF format.
Using the format option where it normally says ‘DOC’.. click on that and select the option which says, ‘PDF’. Save it and.. you’re done! A copy of your work is now saved in PDF format, ready to upload to your E-Junkie account to make it available for sale.
If you are using an older version of Word which does not offer this option to save as a PDF you can do the following; Download and install OpenOffice, a free program which opens and saves any Microsoft document and is able to then save it into PDF. Once installed, open your Word document with OpenOffice and save to PDF in the same manner.
Converting a Word Doc to Kindle Format
Because a Kindle ‘book’ is created so that it can widen and stretch with the window the User determines, it is not broken up into ‘hard’ pages or chapter like a standard document. It is more like a long, single file that ‘feeds’ into the user’s window. For most novels with a straightforward Title and body of text with maybe an image or two the process is very straightforward and simple. Bodies of text where the layout is dependent on the 8.5″x11″ Word Document may show some unexpected changes when converted.
Fortunately there is an easy (and free) way to deal with converting Word or Notepad into Kindle. First, visit and download the free Calibre eBook Management software. There is a video at the main page which does a very good job of walking you through the software, so take the time to watch it. If you have any questions about using it you can review the video, use the User’s Manual included with the software in the upper menu-tab or visit the FAQs page where many questions about Calibre have already been answered. While Calibre is free it is a very robust program. And they do accept voluntary donations if you are so inclined. But otherwise it is free to use without any limitations for creating a Kindle version of your work.
Before Using Calibre To Convert into Kindle..
Your Doc file must first be saved in PDF format (using the method described above) and only then can Calibre convert your text into Kindle format. You may have to adjust the preferences within Calibre to ensure the formatting comes out as you desire.
The Amazon KindleGen Method
There is one other option available which many people use although it does require the added step of saving your Word Doc as an HTML file. This is done by the same method as described above for saving your Doc file as a PDF. Once this is done you can follow the instructions at the Amazon KindleGen conversion ssoftware and use it to make the conversion. Some find this more difficult, some find it easy once they’ve put some time into it. I offer it to you as an alternative to using Calibre. Once you have downloaded the software you can convert the HTML version of your writing to Kindle format using KindleGen. At the same link you should also download the KindlePreviewer so you can see what the finished eBook will look like by previewing it on your PC.
You Can Do It!
I believe in the axiom of keeping things simple. Remember, the less time you spend converting your works is more time you have available for writing new creations! If converting your writings to Kindle is slowing you down.. begin by selling your works in PDF. The important thing is to keep writing.. keep moving forward. The tech-end can be caught up with after making some sales even if it means hiring someone to do the Kindle conversion. There may be many ways to skin this cat.. but what matters is getting it DONE, uploaded for sale and onward to writing the next project!
Henry Velez; Editor