- Jan. 12, 2014
-- A new book was released today to help authors and publishers convert their books to Kindle format. The author, Gayla Groom, says that her book, How to Convert Your Book to Kindle,
which is itself in Kindle format, is intended to solve the numerous problems people have encountered trying to use the poorly documented Kindle Direct Publishing platform.
"When I was first trying to convert my books to Kindle, I was desperate for information,"
Groom says. "It was so hard to find some things out—what to do if the converter choked, how to create a table of contents for Kindle, how to change the fonts in your headings—and I finally just had to figure most things out for myself. And since I'm experienced at writing instruction manuals, I went ahead and wrote up what I learned, so that other people can hopefully avoid all the pain and suffering."
The ebook, which is equivalent to about 150 pages of a print book, shows step-by-
step how to create a Kindle book using any text editor (and graphics editor if the book has images). Groom says that the book will work across all levels of technological access and expertise. She says her intention is that even someone who has only the most basic freeware text and graphics programs, and who has only rare internet access, can successfully convert his or her book to sell in the Kindle store—a completely free process.
According to Groom, the information in How to Convert Your Book to Kindle: Simple Steps for Non-Programmers
(available in the Kindle store at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HRJVQCS
) applies to both Macs and PCs. She says that in addition to explaining the step-by-
step process of converting a book to Kindle, How to Convert Your Book
also functions as a basic primer (suitable for complete beginners) on using HTML for Kindle.
"Since HTML is the key to controlling the Kindle process, you will need to learn a few HTML tags," according to Groom. She says it is not hard. "Once you know some HTML, you have a lot more say over how your book turns out. You can actually make your book look nice. You gain maximum flexibility, and maximum protection against future changes in acceptable formats for Kindle books. And you have a better chance of being able to deal with problems or weirdnesses that come up."
Author Gayla Groom is experienced at converting books to Kindle; she is also a writer of instruction manuals, a book editor, and a page layout artist. Her portfolio is at http://www.gayla-groom.com