If You Plan to Publish Using Kindle…

…there are a few things you need to know. If you plan to use a template, to set up your layout in MS Word, it should go relatively smoothly, but if you copy text from another document, especially if that text contains bullets in the form of number or bullet points, you might have problems when you save the file as a filtered HTML.

Note: If you try to open the HTML file in an HTML program after you save it, you’ll encounter a sharing violation. You need to close the original file in MS Word, first.

formatting-problemsWhen I first loaded my file into Kindle I had many problems with the bulleted lines. The bullets, as you can see in the screen shot above, are too big, and in the actual kindle format, the spacing was way off. When you look at the code on the left, you see some odd formatting for the bullets, plus many   tags, that are throwing off the positioning.

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Rather than try to fix the bullets I chose to replace them with numbers. In the code sample above, you see the code <p class=MsoNormal>1. I used this to replace the code in the previous example, so if there was text, it would read like this:

<p class=MsoNormal>1. Bullies will take any slight, real or imagined and use it as a weapon against their victims. Another favorite trick is where a bully invents a crime and accuses the victim of committing it.</p>

<p class=MsoNormal>2. Bullies are convincing liars and are adept at getting innocent people to do their dirty work. Often, the innocent party has does not see the manipulation.</p>

If you encounter problems like this with your layout, this is how to fix it. Note that you will need an HTML editor like Dreamweaver which will allow you to see the code and the design, side-by-side.

Questions? Write to me.