Formatting Your Ebook for Kindle: A Simple Guide to Formatting Books for Kindle

Formatting Your Ebook for Kindle: A Simple Guide to Formatting Books for Kindle

For those who are looking to publish an ebook, formatting can be a daunting task. Not only are there different formats to consider, but you need to know how to format for Kindle. This article is here to help you through your formatting process with Kindle Direct Publishing.  The first thing you should do is download the free Kindle Previewer software from Amazon’s website. This program lets you see what your book will look like on all devices before it goes live, so that you can make sure that your formatting is correct.  Now let’s talk about fonts. You have two options when it comes to choosing a font for your ebook: serif or sans serif. It’s best to choose one typeface and stick with just that throughout

Section 1: The Importance of Formatting

My approach when formatting a book for Kindle is to use a variety of fonts at different sizes and points. There are two main categories of fonts:  Slab serif  Solid  Sans-serif  The flat serif typefaces are very strong in size and weight, while the sans serif fonts are slim and delicate. Take a look at the following pictures to get a better idea of the difference between the two types:  Image via Badman’s Pen  Images via Treebeard Design  I chose this kind of graphic, because it has a slight graphic feel, but also feels weighty. It’s definitely not a simple font that you can use for general text. I use this font because it’s slim, but still allows for the smooth lines that I want in the book.

What You Should Know About Kindle

The key to formatting your ebook for Kindle is to go for a lightweight design that offers a variety of font choices, and to use a set of 10px margins to help your books appear more uniform.  Double-click the ‘Create a New Book’ page in the Kindle Direct Publishing dashboard. Enter a title for your ebook, click ‘Next,’ and select the pre-populated template for books. Follow the instructions for creating your book and hitting ‘Next,’ ‘Next,’ ‘Finish,’ ‘Submit,’ and check the ‘Book Creating’ and ‘Add to Cart’ buttons at the bottom.  Here’s the finished cover design for a book you created using the Kindle Previewer:  Now that you have the cover layout ready, you need to make sure that all of the formatting options are set correctly for your ebook.

Downloading the Kindle Previewer

To begin, you’ll need to visit and go to the Kindle Store. Click on your book to see its details page, where you’ll see two options: Preview by Author or Preview by Title. From here, you can download the free Kindle Previewer tool.  Alternatively, you can go to There, you can download a more detailed preview.  While the Preview by Author tool does have a few useful features, the Preview by Title tool is where you can do most of your formatting for Kindle. Here’s how to do it:  To use the Preview by Title tool, go to the book’s details page. Click on the Set Up dropdown menu, then select EPUB from the dropdown menu. Then select the Kindle format from the dropdown menu. Click Create.  When you’re done, click the Preview by Author button.

Fonts to Consider

If you want to go through the Amazon Kindle Previewer process, you can use a font called Tiny Fonts. However, this font isn’t very big, so you will see some differences as your book moves from device to device. You can also get the Tiny Fonts font for free by going to this website and registering.  If you want to get started by choosing your font, we have selected one for you to learn more about: Intensity. It has a good amount of space between each character, making it easier to read than other fonts.  Speaking of choosing a font, you can also choose from the five available types available in Amazon Kindle’s font selection. These types include Basic, Regular, Bold, Italic, and Condensed.

Formatting for Kindle

There are a few things to take into account when formatting your ebook for Kindle. These include:  Kindle Formatting for Kindle  Formatting is relatively simple with the Kindle Formatting service. For formatting for Kindle, you will be using either TypeKit or TabletTypeface, and a tool that I created, the Tablet Typeface Creator. The default font size for this tool is 16 point, which is a common size for Kindle books.  The Tablet Typeface Creator lets you customize the font, margins, and spacing for all different types of devices. There are two ways to accomplish this: either you can use the “Read on your PC” option, or you can choose to “Amazon print” and use this tool to export it to PDF or EPUB format.

Set up your document

To begin the process, you have to create a document for your ebook that will contain both the cover and the content. The cover is the front of the book, and it should have your book title and ISBN on it. It also needs to contain your author name. This is so that when someone purchases the book, they can make sure that they’ve purchased the right one.  The title should be the same as the cover of the book. However, you don’t want your name and the cover of the book on the same line. They should be listed either below the title or directly on the cover. I personally like to keep it on the cover, just to make things easier.  This first document will be for the front of the book. You’ll also want to create a second document called the cover copy document.

Choosing a font to use in your document

What is serif font? Serif font is a font that has a line down the middle and a serif at the top and bottom of the words. This typeface looks more elegant and authoritative than a sans serif. If you are looking for something classic and old-fashioned, you may want to stick with the serif typeface. This is because serif fonts have been around for years, and since people already know how to read and write in them, it makes reading and writing more efficient. However, if you’re looking to create a younger, more trendy style of your ebooks, you may want to consider using the sans serif font.  However, don’t get overwhelmed by the choice. There are so many typefaces to choose from, you can’t possibly know which one is best for you until you start testing them out.

Using styles in your document

Since there are two types of fonts (serif and sans serif), you’ll have to select which you prefer. In order to do that, navigate to the document tab at the top of the screen and then click on the Edit Style button. From there, you’ll find the options to change the text styles for your book. When editing the text styles, you will have four options available:  Only includes italics and Bold  Includes all styles except Italic  Includes all styles except Bold Italic  Includes all styles except Bold Italic Inverted  Changing text styles for your book  Each style you have set up will be listed in the Tools menu, so when you are ready to change something, just click on it and a pop-up menu will appear with a drop-down. On the Tools menu, select the Fonts section.

Maximizing readability with fonts and colors

Your ebooks should be written in a font that looks natural on any platform, and you should be able to look at the sample images on Amazon’s page and determine the font size that looks best. However, there’s a lot of variation among different e-readers, so it’s possible to find an e-reader that will display your font better.  In terms of colors, Amazon recommends choosing a font that is color-safe. For example, the Courier font shown in the first image above will look fine in Windows, but a more colorful font will show through in OS X. If you’re planning on printing your ebook, it’s best to choose a font that will be readable in any color.  Once you have chosen a font and color scheme, it’s time to set up your e-book for Kindle.


There’s a lot to learn when it comes to formatting your book for Kindle. However, with the right information and the best tips, you can easily get your ebook formatted for the Kindle Marketplace in a few minutes. You can then move on to formatting your cover for the Kindle Store and editing and proofreading the ebook.

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