Create E-Books and Kindle Books Using Microsoft Word
Format an Ebook in Word for Kindle
Use this template to create e-books, PDFs, manuscripts, or even Amazon Kindle books. This MS Word file is formatted to work for creating books to sell or give away online.
Instructions for Using the Kindle Template
Here are the instructions on how to use the template once you receive the files in your email.
Change things like the title on the first page and in the footer. Edit the Table of Contents and then set up as many pages as you need. The title for each section should be a Heading 1. That way, you can easily link to each section of the book. I like to start each section as a new page. I’ve put one in there as an example.
When starting a new page, I find it helpful to have a blank line at the end of the previous page. This kind of helps the heading of the next page stay separate from the previous page.
When you publish on Kindle, you won’t have page numbers but make sure you link your Table of Contents to each section so that it’s easy for people to get to those pages. Just go into Word and make hyperlinks. You’ll link each item in your Table of Contents to the header, so again, make sure each section has a header (I included some for you as examples in the template).
When you export to PDF, make sure your links work by going into the PDF and testing the links. The best way to make sure links always work is to make all your links actual URLs – versus linked text. I sometimes have to open the document in LibreOffice and then export to PDF to make sure the linked text works if you do it that way (instead of linking URLs). You may not have this issue but again, make sure you do good testing.