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azacher
08-11-2011, 02:16 AM
Hi all,
I'm thinking of e-pulblishing with Kindle and I was going over what it takes to e-pulblish, but I don't see anywhere where it says about line spacing. Should it be formatted in single space or double space? Please let me know. Thanks, Alan

parumpdragon
08-11-2011, 06:48 AM
I think this is supposed to be posted in questions and answer or the tech thread. Definitely not here. :)

(Dalton)
08-11-2011, 12:52 PM
Yeahhhhh, wrong forum, but hey- Welcome regardless!

Oh wait, you have 11 posts already. Wtf are you doing in here.

jamiehall
08-11-2011, 05:42 PM
You'd want to re-ask this question in the e-publishing sub-forum. Meanwhile, welcome!

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regdog
08-11-2011, 06:25 PM
Porting over to E-Publishing. Everyone keep your hands and feet inside the thread while it's in motion. Thank you.

writerjohnb
08-11-2011, 09:34 PM
Single space. It's a book, just not on paper. Spacing, indents, chapter headings, etc. are the same as hard-copy books.

You can download samples from Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, etc. and see how they're formatted.

JohnB

davidw
08-12-2011, 03:07 AM
Users can control the line spacing (and font size) on the Kindle, so you don't really get a say in the matter past a certain point.

James D. Macdonald
08-12-2011, 04:58 AM
The text you submit is single-spaced.

Also, watch the indents for the paragraphs. They can turn out seriously funky.

azacher
08-23-2011, 01:11 AM
Hi all,
Please help. I'm trying to epublish a book for Kindle, and I can't get it right. It looks good, except that when I try to publish it, some of the paragraphs are fine and some or midway across the page. I'm doing this in 2011 word. Could that be the problem? Help. Thanks. Alan Zacher

derbytown
08-23-2011, 02:54 AM
Have you tried pasting it into Notepad to remove the formatting and then back into a new Word document? Keeping paragraphs in alignment in Kindle can be a problem, so you could always do them block instead. I've been reading up on this because I'm thinking of going with Kindle for my next novel.

azacher
08-23-2011, 03:24 AM
I'll give this a try. Thanks. Alan

xXVampyrePrincessXx
08-23-2011, 06:22 AM
Welcome Alan :)

~Amber~

Meira
08-23-2011, 06:25 AM
Hi all,
Please help. I'm trying to epublish a book for Kindle, and I can't get it right. It looks good, except that when I try to publish it, some of the paragraphs are fine and some or midway across the page. I'm doing this in 2011 word. Could that be the problem? Help. Thanks. Alan Zacher

Azacher - Step away from Word . . . You should learn a little HTML and it does not require a geek-friendly brain to get the basics. Then you can convert to any format and get a clean result.

This man, Guido Henkel, is invaluable.
http://guidohenkel.com/2010/12/take-pride-in-your-ebook-formatting/

Even if you have no idea what he is saying in the first few sections, later he outlines a step by step process.

(and if you send me a pm, I'll send you the HTML version of fiance, facade, etc.)

azacher
08-23-2011, 09:28 AM
Meira,
Please forgive me, but I don't know what a pm is. How would I get in touch with you? Alan.

Wesley Kang
08-23-2011, 09:42 AM
Mobipocket Creator is your friend.

CarrieAnn
08-23-2011, 12:01 PM
Welcome, Alan! :)

regdog
08-23-2011, 02:51 PM
Meira,
Please forgive me, but I don't know what a pm is. How would I get in touch with you? Alan.

PM means Private Message. Click User CP and then click Private Message


I'm porting this thread to the E Publishing Forum. Please keep your hands and feet inside the thread while it's in motion. Thank you.

GradyHendrix
08-24-2011, 03:56 AM
I second Meira. Leaving Word behind is a must! You'll need it for Smashwords, but you need to use HTML to make a good looking ebook. I came to this board totally HTML illiterate, went to those Guido Henkel pages Meira recommends, asked a few questions on the tech board and I never looked back.

It's not as hard or as scary as it seems at first! I promise!

Library4Science
09-07-2011, 09:43 PM
You can get almost all the formatting correct without going to HTML. Use styles for controlling all the formatting except embedded bold and italic. If your manuscript doesn't have a lot of embedded bold and/or italic text then a copy and paste into notepad followed by a copy and paste back into a new word doc is easiest.

If you still have problems save your manuscript in Word 2007 format and send it to me as an email attachment and I will take a look at it.

reese@library4science.com