Kindle Publishing Guidelines – The Things You Should Do


In this article, you’ll learn about the things Kindle publishers do before publishing their books. If you want to become a successful writer/publisher on Kindle, read this material carefully.


The TOC (i.e. table of contents) of your book should be logical and HTML-based. This kind of TOC allows readers to jump to specific parts of the book just by clicking or tapping links. Consider it as a requirement for typical books (e.g. novels and textbooks). However, it may not be ideal if you are working on a manga or a children’s book.

Make sure that the TOC is located at the first few pages of your work. Some writers make the mistake of placing the TOC at the end of the book. By putting the table of contents at the initial section of the material, your readers will find it naturally. Also, the TOC will be included in your book’s downloadable samples.

Here are some things you need to consider:

· Never use table tags for your book’s TOC.

· Kindle books require a “clickable” TOC. A TOC made of basic text is useless in Kindle books.

· Use the TOC and Heading styles feature of MS Word (if you are using that program to write your book). Books created using the said features are ideal for Kindle conversions.

· If you will bundle two or more books, make sure that your book has an overarching table of contents page. This way, readers can jump to the specific book they want to read.

Cover Image

Always provide a cover image for your books. This image will appear on the detail page of your book on Kindle’s bookstore.

Note that the image is separate from the book file itself. In Kindle, the minimum attributes of a cover image is 2560 pixels by 1600 pixels. Images that follow this guideline look great when viewed on Kindle apps and devices.

The maximum file size of a cover image is 5 megabytes.

Consider the following:

· Never stretch a small image just to meet the required dimensions. Images edited this way often look awful.

· Do not indicate pricing or promotional offers on your cover image.

· Avoid copyright infringement issues. Many people make the mistake of using images that infringe the rights of other artists/publishers.


Here are the things you should keep in mind when dealing with the CSS and HTML aspects of your book:

· The Kindle platform is not fully compatible with JavaScript, HTML forms and HTML frames.

· Each anchor should appear before the formatting tags.

· Do not use scripting. During conversion, the Kindle system will remove programming scripts from your file.

· Never use negative values when setting your book’s margins and contents.

· File references are case- and spelling-sensitive. When referencing an external file, make sure that you are entering the right spelling and letter capitalization of the original file.

· Never use Unicode characters because they are not fully compatible with Kindle apps and devices.

· Add an external link to a Kindle eBook only if it helps your readers in using the latter.


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