By now you should be ready to publish your title to Kindle. The last thing we need to do is save the file as a webpage. If you know anything about webpages, images are stored in an images folder (often called “Images,” go figure), and it’s written in the web code to pull a certain picture stored in the images folder at a particular place on the webpage. If you have any images in your book, they will be collected in a separate folder. We’ll need to pacakage those files in order to send to Amazon.
When you have made any changes you need to make to the document, click the File tab at the top of your window and select “Save As.” Name your files as you would any file (you may choose to use the ISBN for your book, if you have one). Under “Save as type,” select Webpage.
This will save your text and images files in a way Kindle can understand. If you have images, they will be saved in a separate folder in the same location as your web-enabled Word file is. You will have to compress those two files (the Word document in HTML and the images folder) into one file. Name the file with the title of your book.
Uploading Your Title to Kindle
If you haven’t used Kindle to upload book titles before, you will need to register with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) first. Fill out all of the preliminary information. You will also need to provide information about where you want your royalty checks to go. If you plan on publishing a few titles, it might be a good idea to register as a business for tax purposes. Please check the laws in your area about selling products online before you set up your titles for sale.
Now it’s time to upload a title to KDP. When you reach your dashboard in KDP, click “Add a new title.”
This will open up a new window. Fill out all the title information on your book in sections 1 to 4. When you get to section 5, you will need to upload your book cover, and in section 6, you will need to upload your Kindle book file. For assitance with designing a cover for your ebook, consult How to Design a Book Cover Using Adobe InDesign. You can also use Amazon’s book cover designer to create a cover. You don’t need to include the cover design in the book file itself; Amazon will put everything together.
Choose the compressed HTML file to upload to Kindle for your interior content.
Proofing Your Title
Prior to publishing your title to Amazon, it’s a good idea to do a thorough proofread of the material. You’ll want to do that once more when you have a Kindle version of it. It’s important to check the formatting as well as the written content to make sure there are no complications. If you don’t have a tablet or smartphone that can read Kindle ebooks (i.e., has the Kindle app installed), you can use Amazon’s online Kindle reader to look at your books.
If you need to make changes to your ebook, you will have to resave the Microsoft Word (HTML) file and re-upload the file to Kindle to reflect changes. Fortunately, Amazon allows you to update your content as often as is necessary for no cost. Take full advantage of this to assure that your content is always up to date.