Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Converting Kindle to Paperback - a few tips

This week I published books 2 & 3 of the Wynter Wild series as paperbacks. You can purchase them here, although I can't (Amazon doesn't have a POD service in Australia):

Out of Tune (Book 2)
Rhythm & Rhyme (Book 3)

I wrote a blog series on formatting your paperback, which you can read starting here: Nitty-Gritty Formatting for Print Books: Making Word Do What You Want, Part 1

Amazon makes this process - in theory - easy to do via your KDP dashboard. You can either use their inbuilt formatter, which is actually not that easy if you're fussy about a particular look, or reformat your own Word file and upload that.

Which is what I did, before remembering that it's even better to "save as" a pdf and upload that. It's important to embed your fonts when creating the pdf, which in Word 10 is done like this:

Go to File > Options > Save, and check the option as shown:

The reason I don't upload the Word file to Amazon is that it routinely screws up the page numbering. In my case, all the odd page numbers vanished from the header, and the remaining pages were numbered wrongly so they didn't match the contents list. There is nothing particularly unusual about my .docx files so I don't know why this happened, but simply saving as pdfs fixed it.

After embedding fonts, the "preview" may still give a warning that fonts weren't embedded properly on certain pages, and that they've done it for you. Check those pages to make sure they look right. (I used Microsoft fonts only and still got this message.)

The other thing that may generate an alert in the preview is a hyperlinked table of contents. The process simply removes the links so there's nothing to worry about.

Formatting the cover is the other task required when you create a paperback. Converting your Kindle cover into a paperback cover is the final step, which I'll cover in the next post: Part 2 is here.

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