How to format a nonfiction e book using Microsoft word for Amazon Kindle.
First, you need to subscribe to office 365 so that you can access Microsoft Word.
Type out a clean manuscript with Microsoft word using the default setting. Highlight all the text by pressing CTRL+A. On the top menu table of Word, click Home, click Normal. This will clean up your manuscript.
The nonfiction e-book consists of four parts, front matter, table of content, core matters, and back matter.
Frontmatter consists of the title, copyright, foreword, preface, dedication, acknowledgment, etc. Core matter consists of the book chapters. Back matter consists of author’s biography, about the author and bibliography, other books by the author.
A typical Kindle e-book format will have the following sections:
Foreword- get someone prominent, famous, or well known to endorse your book
Preface-why you must read this book and why was this book written
Table of Contents
Biography-about the author
Bibliography-other books by the author
Formatting the front matter:
On the Title Page, type out your book Title, Subtitle, and author’s name on one page.
Highlight Title, select font size to 28, set alignment to centre, on the drop-down menu, select font style to bold.
Highlight the subtitle, select font size to 24, set alignment to centre, on the drop-down menu, select font style to italic.
Highlight author’s name, select font size to 20, set alignment to centre, on the drop-down menu, select font style to normal.
Setting Normal style:
On the top menu table of Word, Click Home. Right Click, Normal, on the drop-down menu, select modify, select font size to 12, select format, select paragraph, set alignment to justified, indentation, left and right 0 cm. Special, select the First line, by 0.5 cm. Spacing before and after 0 points, Line spacing, single. Select OK, twice.
Apply normal style to the text of copyright, foreword, preface, chapters, biography, and bibliography. Do this by highlighting the text, click Home, click Normal.
Apply Copyright to normal style by highlighting the text on the Copyright page. On the top menu table of Word, click Home, and click Normal. With the text still highlighted, set alignment to centre.
Below the last sentence in the copyright page, insert the link to your email address, website URL, Amazon author central page URL, Facebook URL, Instagram URL, Twitter URL, etc. This will be your call to action. Mark sure that every word is correctly entered. Make sure your URL includes, https://www……make sure that it works by clicking on it!
On the top menu panel of Word, click Insert, click links. On the drop-down menu, select email address, type in your email address and select ok. For website address, select webpage, type in the URL address and select OK.
Setting Heading 1 style:
On the top menu table of Word, click Home and right-click Heading 1. Select modify, select font size to 24, select format, on the drop-down menu, select paragraph, set alignment to centre, indentation, left, 0 cm, right, 0 cm, special, none, spacing before, 60 points, after, 60 points, line spacing, single. Select OK twice.
Applying Heading 1 style:
Apply Heading 1 style to all the headings that you want to be included in the table of contents.
Highlight the Copyright heading. Click Home, click Heading 1. Do the same process for the headings on Foreword, Preface, Every chapter, Biography, and Bibliography.
Under Bibliography, list out all the other books that you have written. As a call to action, insert the URL links to each of your books. Click insert, click links, select link, on the drop-down menu, select a web page, type in the book URL link, select OK. Repent the same process for each of your books. Mark sure that every word is correctly entered. Make sure your URL includes, https://www……make sure that it works by clicking on it!
In the last line of the bibliography section, you can also add in a line to thank your readers for reading your book and remind them to leave a review.
Inserting page breaks:
Insert a page break after every section, title, copyright, foreword, preface, chapter, biography, and bibliography.
Place the cursor after the last word of the section. Click Home, click Layout, click Breaks, on the drop-down menu, select Next page.
Formatting the Table of Content:
First, create a blank page before Chapter 1. Place the cursor just before the first word of the chapter 1 heading. Click Layout, select Breaks, select the next page. This will create a blank page before chapter 1.
On the top of this blank page, type in Table of Contents. Highlight Table of Contents.
Click References, click Table of Content, select custom table of content, deselect show page number, deselect Align page numbers to the right, select use links instead of the page number. On Show levels, select 1, click OK. This will create a formatted Table of Content.
Unlike a print book, an e-book format does not require page numbering, trim size, and margins.
Congratulations, you have successfully formatted an e-book for Amazon Kindle. You can upload this file into the e-book content page of your bookshelf when you are creating your kindle e-book.