From Manuscript to (e)Book: Your Self-Publishing Adventure Guide

Formatting Word Files for Kindle

In my post about converting Word files to Kindle books, I didn’t go into detail about how to prepare your Word file if you plan to have Amazon DTP do the conversion. I upload MOBI files generated by eCub to Amazon, so I never have to worry about styling Word files.

Over at Self-Publishing 2.0, Morris Rosenthal has posted a bunch of handy tips that will help you prepare your Word file for Amazon’s conversion process, including:

  • using the start tag so that Kindle’s “Go to Beginning” item will work correctly
  • creating a linked Table of Contents
  • dealing with tables
  • handling external hyperlinks
  • guidelines for images

Self Publishing 2.0: Free Word to Kindle Conversion Through Amazon DTP

About Sarah Ettritch

Canadian author Sarah Ettritch writes stories with strong female characters. She's the author of Threaded Through Time, The Rymellan Series, The Missing Comatose Woman, The Salbine Sisters, and The Atheist. Visit her at


  1. I’m about to give this a shot. I have a format for Kindle with Smashwords but I don’t have the official Kindle version available on Amazon yet (only paperback). I’ve been waiting for the Meatgrinder update and it is taking a bit longer than I anticipated. I think having your eBook available on Amazon is one of the best places to be for sure.

    Good info for the Kindle conversion:)

  2. Good luck with your Kindle book on Amazon! :) Don’t forget to opt out of Amazon distribution at Smashwords.