How to Use Kindle Create

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I’m going to walk you through using
Kindle Create on a Microsoft Word document to create a beautiful interior
for your Kindle eBook. Please note, this video is specific to starting from a
word file. If you have a PDF file and you want to maintain your print layout.
Choose the second option and let Kindle Create walk you through converting your
PDF. To begin, I’m going to upload my word file. Let’s see how Kindle Create
interpreted the original formatting from this Microsoft Word document. This result is the same as you would have seen after submitting directly to KDP. But with
Kindle Create you can see immediately that there’s no table of contents and
we’ve only been able to find five sections. That’s not what we were
intending. Let’s use Kindle Create to format the book so that it looks the way
we intend. First, let’s start with the table of contents. Kindle Create can
automatically put this together. Here’s how: Let’s rerun the chapter detection
function. Here you can see a list of potential chapter titles. Kindle Create
tries to find every possible chapter title and let you remove the extra ones
rather than forcing you to hunt for the ones that it missed. To see a chapter
page, click anything in the list. If it’s correct, do nothing. Leave the entry
checked. If it’s not really a chapter title, unselect it and Kindle Create will
return the formatting to the original look. Now, let’s add additional structure
for this book. Elements help you identify the structural portions of your book
chapter title book title preface dedication etc. The way the elements
feature works, is that you identify the structural components and tag them from
this list. For example, I am choosing Pride and Prejudice to tag as the book
title element. To see an example or learn more, hover over the italicized “I” next to
each element. Now I’m going to tag the author name. With my chapters properly identified, I
can change the styles. By default, Kindle Create sets your book to the theme we’ve
named “Modern”. But you can apply any theme to get a different feel for your book.
This previewer gives you a clear idea of what customers will see. You can review
your table of contents and the body of your book and make sure you like how it
will look on a variety of device. Click the “X” to exit out of preview. I want to
save my work so that I could return to my project later. When you save your file
within Kindle Create, it creates a folder to store the content needed for the
working file. When I reopen the Kindle Create file, it will open my book along
with Kindle Create. All of my changes have been saved and I can resume work.
Now let’s add other elements to give this book some style. To apply a drop cap,
you can highlight the first character or place the cursor at the beginning of the
first paragraph. Kindle Create will default to creating a drop cap of three
lines and the first character. However, if you want to customize this, you can do so
by changing the size in the apply drop cap settings. You can also change the
number of characters that a drop cap applies to. Oops! I picked the wrong element. No problem. I can undo to clear this formatting and
reapply the correct element. There we go. Kindle Create also has a fine function.
Two great uses for find are: One to find chapter titles and apply the drop cap.
And two, to find separators and tag. Tagging specific elements will format
them into your chosen themes style. Theme changes will update the style of
everything you’ve tagged, including the separators as we see here. Once I’m satisfied with my layout, I can
package my book for submission to Kindle. The package feature makes sure that my
book is stored in the right format for publishing to Kindle. It also updates the
Kindle Create working file to match. I’ll submit the dot kpf file to Kindle
and have a professionally styled Kindle book in my library. Thanks for watching
and happy publishing!

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