Formatting your fiction book so that 86 million potential readers can read it is not hard.

It’s so simple even a fifth grader could format for the Kindle…because Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) is considered the best format for eReaders like Kindle, Sony and the Nook. Each company that makes eReaders (i.e., Amazon, Sony, Apple, Barnes and Noble, etc.) suggests that formatting your fiction book be done in HTML first.

Yes, formatting your fiction book is the same language that web pages use.

Which makes sense because your readers can adjust (reflow) the text from small to large in a Kindle so formatting your fiction book in HTML means your book will look good no matter what size font they choose.

Now there is nothing complicated about the HTML you’ll be writing in your text editor. The code is very basic and looks like what’s bolded in the following example:

<html>
<head>
<title>
Your title goes here</title>
</head>
<body>
<center><h1><b>
Chapter # or Title</b></h1></center>
<br />
<br />
<p>
Then you use the less than (<) p and greater than (>) symbols to begin your first paragraph in your ebook and you end it with a closing paragraph code which is the /p code with the less than and greater than symbols.</p>

<”>Which is followed by another paragraph ending with the same closing code.</p>

<p>You’ll keep using the paragraph codes until you’ve written your entire chapter. Once you’re done with the Chapter, you’ll continue the same codes for the next chapter starting with the center code above.</p>

<p>After all your Chapters are done, then you’ll close off your ebook with the codes below.</p>

</body>
</html>

Do not try to convert your book into HTML using MS Word, Open Office Writer or some other word processing program.

Why?

Because you’ll get extra code the Kindle converter will not understand. According to Amazon, it’s best to keep the formatting (HTML code) very basic and simple. Most of the other eReaders have the same requirement.

Which is really great news for you because the most efficient way for formatting your Fiction book for the Kindle (or any eReader) is to write it in a text editor right from the get go and save it as an HTML file.

You’ll be using one long file and inputting the following page break code between Chapters:

<mbp:pagebreak />

This tess the Kindle to put your next chapter on a different page.

And if you’re used to formatting your fiction book in Word where you indent the first line of each paragraph, you don’t need to for the Kindle. Kindle software does this automatically.

By using these basic HTML codes, your book will look great in Amazon’s Kindle.

If you’ve been waiting to be discovered by a publishing house, wake up! Now is the perfect time to self-publish. Amazon’s Kindle is making it extremely EZ for you to make a good income from your writing.
graphic of Judith Tramayne's signature for her article formatting your fiction book for the Kindle
P.S. If you want to know more about formatting for the Kindle and learning something most authors don’t know how to do…make the Chapter navigation points for the Kindle’s five way controller, then you should really consider my Kindle eBook Course to make your Kindle book. Formatting your fiction book or for that matter even your non-fiction book will be EZ because 18 videos and 7 image filled step by step PDFs show you everything you need to know from start to finish.