Currently reading - Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordin
The following is my experience, and my experience only. Your mileage may vary.
When formatting for the Kindle I followed the instructions on the KDP formatting checklist. I also followed the instructions from Nina Cordoba. Now, please understand that I highly recommend Nina's tips for preparing the Word file. But I ran into a few quirks.
I won't list all the weirdness, but suffice it to say, my book didn't look good. Not good at all. I wasn't sure, but I suspected that the instructions may have been geared toward the Windows 7 version of Word. And of course, I'm still on Windows XP.
So I experimented a little. Despite KDP's recommendation to save the HTML in filtered mode, I tried saving my Word file in unfiltered mode. Better but still not quite right.
Time for more experimentation. Instead of using MobiPocket (another recommendation from KDP), I used Calibre. Calibre is freeware, but I highly recommend donating to the folks who created it. It is so worth it!
Now my book looked damn-near perfect, except. . .
Yeah, there's always an 'except,' isn't there?
The last quirk I ran into? For some reason, mutilpe-word proper place names got squished together. 'Greenwich Village' became 'GreenwichVillage.' 'Golden Gate Park' became 'GoldenGatePark.'
It didn't happen all the time, and it was only proper places that it happened to. The only way I could fix it was to go back into the original Word document and place an extra space between the words that got crammed before converting. But hey, it worked, and the result was beautiful!
Another tip I highly recommend? If you don't have a Kindle or Nook, download the free Kindle app for the device of your choice or the free Nook apps for the device of your choice. Now you can review your converted file before you upload it to the respective retailer.
By reviewing my formatting before hand, it took me less than a minute to upload my book.
The last thing I'd add is format your Word document before you even start writing if you know you will be indie publishing. Except for single spacing your lines. Save your eyesight!
i tried turning it off and back on again.
2 hours ago