Kinstant Formatter: How to Format your Books for the Kindle in Under 3 Minutes

Hi again!

A few months ago, I shared how to use Product Creator Pro to create “pretty and professional” pdfs. Check that out here if you missed it: Product Creator Pro Demo  In addition to making your ebooks & free reports pretty-looking, that program also converts documents for the Kindle. But that’s not really the main focus of it.

I mentioned that, if you solely needed to get your ebooks formatted for the Kindle Store that you should instead use this software for formatting your Kindle books.

I received several questions about the Kindle Formatting tool so I wanted to share (step-by-step) just how quick and easy it is (now) to format your documents to load them on the Kindle.

IMPORTANT! Bloggers…

If you are a blogger, you CAN be an author on the Kindle. It’s super easy. Just gather a few of your favorite blog posts that you’ve written into a Word Document (preferably in a sequence or on a strong central topic). Add an intro and closing and then follow the steps below.

For instance, if you’re a health blogger and are big into juice fasting, then copy and paste several of those blog posts together that teach or tell a story. Or alternatively, write a short report about how to do juice fasting if you  _____. Like “How to do a Juice Fast for Optimum Health – Even if you Hate Spinach!”

Once you have your Word Document ready, the rest is now super easy. (Trust me. It wasn’t before!)

IMPORTANT! Service Providers…

You can easily market what I’m about to show you to your clients. Charge $25 each to format Kindle books – or $75 to format, design a cover, and upload the books into the Kindle Store. You can help your clients to get more customers, earn passive income, and be published authors on the Kindle!

Here’s how…

Step One. Buy Some Credits for the Kinstant Formatter.

-> You can do that, here. I’ll wait.

Step Two. Sign In.

After you buy your credits, you will instantly get your login information to start using the Kindle Formatting Software. Sign in.

Step Three. Load your Ebook Document.

This is easy peasy.

All you need is to save your ebook in a .doc or .docx format and you’ll be able to upload it into the Kinstant Formatter.

Click on “Select File”

Then, you’ll have a box pop up where you can find and then upload your ebook. (Remember it must be in a document format.)

In my example, you’ll see I’m using a test document which is the Foreward to Kelly McCausey’s new book “Solopreneurs are Smarter”.

After you upload the document, you’ll see the Document Analysis and a green checkmark showing the document was uploaded successfully.

Step Four: Upload your Cover (Optional)

The next step is optional, but I do recommend it. That is to upload your cover. The Kinstant Formatter will place it on the front page of your Kindle book.

Important Note! Remember, most people read their books on Kindles that are black and white. So, check your ecover to make sure that it is still attractive and readable when it gets converted from color to black and white.

However, if you don’t have a cover yet, just go ahead without one. The software will create a decent one for you, until you can get a cover made. You can always format your book again later and upload your new copy to the Kindle.

Step Five: Add Author & Title Info

Next enter your book Title and your Author name in the fields on the page.

You can tweak the “Advanced Options” if you wish, or just leave the default as is.

Step Six: Watch as the Kinstant Formatter Converts your Document

Click on “Generate”. You’ll see the button turn grey while the document is being converted.

When the document is done being converted, you’ll see the formatting report appear. Obviously my “test” document didn’t need much work since it had no formatting in it, but if I had converted any of my other ebooks – eek! You don’t even wanna know. There is a bunch that has to be cleaned up in those. I’m in the process of rebranding and reuploading all of my Kindle books. Thank God for this tool or I’d be hosed.

After that, you click on “Download” to download your .mobi file to your computer. Then you’re ready.

Bonus feature! If you wish, you can click the box “Delete all files from the server immediately”. Check this box if you prefer keeping your niches secret.

Next Steps?

  1. View your .mobi file in the Kindle Previewer.
  2. Make changes to your Word file and submit again
  3. When you’re happy with the result? Submit it to Kindle Desktop Publishing!

Get Started Now.

Why wait another day to be a published author?

If you haven’t yet, check out the Kindle Formatting Tool here -> Easy Way to Format your Kindle Books.

I hope this has been helpful! If you have any questions, please ask.

Warmly,
Nicole Dean

PS. Want More Tips for Kindle Success?

For more information about publishing on the Kindle, be sure to check out this blog post – Publishing on Kindle for Increased Profits – and be sure to leave a comment and/or share if that post is helpful!

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Comments

  1. Hey,

    Easy as pie!

    Hard part is the writing of…

    Bob

    • Bob – Always. :) That’s why I recommend reusing as much stuff that comes out of your head as possible.

      For instance,

      Blog Posts
      Emails you’ve Written
      Forum Posts
      Facebook Notes
      etc.

      Reuse. Reuse. Reuse. :)

      Thanks for commenting!
      N

  2. Hey Nicole,

    Do you know if you need to (or should) prepare the document at all before importing it into the Kinstant Formatter? For example, do I make sure I have a header 1 set for each place I want a chapter identified, and what about hard page breaks to separate chapters? I would normally do this manually in preparation to set up a table of contents, so do you recommend continuing to do these manual preparations before loading it into the Formatter. I have been playing with this tool myself (just bought it), but wondered how much time it would really save me if I still need to do that preparatory work. Guess I will just need to play with it more with a variety of ebooks.
    Andrea recently posted..Be Part of Our Great Kindle eBook ExperimentMy Profile

    • Well, page breaks are unnecessary, in my opinion, since the Kindle flows so nicely.

      Headers, yes, I would do that, but that’s just a matter of format painting through your doc. Shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. :)

      Let me know what you discover. I’m reformatting and rebranding all of my old Kindle books at the moment, too, so will know more soon.

      Thanks for commenting!
      N

      • Thanks Nicole. I’ve spent a lot of time playing with it over the weekend. Running the same doc file through, tweaking some changes here and there.

        One particular item I’m struggling with is with the table of contents – when I created my own table of contents in Word, after running it through the Kinstant Formatter and not selecting to add/change the table, it showed there was no table of contents in the Kindle Previewer even though it was there. So I went back and removed the TOC from the Word doc and let the Formatter take care of the table for me, which it did. I just don’t like the double spacing of it. I’m still using it, I just wish I could control how the auto-created table looks a bit. Not a deal-breaker, just an observation.

  3. JaneVanOsdol says:

    Does the software work well with e-books that have lots of photos/ graphics? Thanks!

    • Jane – let’s try it.

      Want to send over one of your ebooks through our support desk and we’ll try it out?

      Otherwise, I will let you know shortly as I’m reformatting all of my old Kindle books at the moment, using this tool… so I’ll have screenshots and videos soon.

      Thanks!
      N

  4. Oh, I LOVE Kinstant Formatter. If I could find an ePub formatter just like it, I’d be on cloud 9. ;-)

    • Hmmm… sounds like a business idea to me.

      Will tag Rachel on this one. :)
      N

    • Delton says:

      Sherry, I use “Ultimate eBook Creator” to create most of my online content.

      Just type the title into google and you will be taken to the sales page where you can see several videos explaining the software.

      Personally this is the sw I use for all my eBook conversions.

      Everybody Be Safe & Share Your Ideas…

  5. Phillipa Kiripatea says:

    Love it Nicole. Thanks for sharing such a great resource!
    Now to gather all my blog posts and get my kindle ebook cracking!

  6. Hey Nicole,
    Thanks for this great tutorial. I got my credits and was going to put my cookbook on Kindle, but I realized I don’t have the word version on this computer. :( So I have to wait until I get home tonight. Which brings me to my question…

    A pdf file won’t work is that right?? It absolutely has to be a word doc correct?

    I’m not knowledgable enough about this stuff to know what the difference is, but I figured you would know. :)
    Mary Blackburn recently posted..Where Has Mary Been?My Profile

    • Mary,

      You can upload a pdf directly into Kindle, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It won’t give you the look you want.

      The software will convert .doc & .docx files for you. So, if it’s in Open Office format, be sure to quick “Save As” either of the above and then load it in.

      Hugs and good to see your pretty smile again,
      N

  7. I have another question. You said in your email newsletter that you can’t use plr on Kindle. Why is that? What if some of it is plr recipes with the recipe names changed? Or some of the ingredients changed?

    Just wondering. :) Thanks.
    Mary Blackburn recently posted..A Grilling Alternative – The Crockpot?My Profile

    • Amazon is staring to clear up its books and is fighting the “content crap” battle.

      Because many people started submitting the same PLR content (without changes) and public domain content in bulk – they ended up having bookshelves full of junk Kindle books.

      So, they are banning PLR from their storefront.

      That means that, if you have PLR content in your books, you’ll want to go back through and rework that part so that it’s unique – and awesomely you.

      Hope that helps!
      N

  8. How does this work with links? Can I just copy and paste some of our articles that have links in them already and will they stay or will I have to go back and put them in.

    How are you doing your old books right now. Mike just spent a week working on one150 page e-book trying to get it on Kindle. :-(

    • Tawra,

      If you are copying and pasting a blog post directly into Word, it should be carrying the links over just fine. Am I missing something? I mean, I don’t want to skim over an issue you’re having. I just can’t understand why you’re struggling with this. What links specifically? Can you show me a blog post that you’re trying to copy over AND tell me the links you’re referring to?

      Mike really shouldn’t have to be spending so much time on each Kindle ebook… Remember speed is critical in this business – especially on the Kindle. You guys gotta fly with those and get them up and approved asap.

      • Nicole, the problem is we are trying to transfer our other e-books and having trouble. Hopefully with the new books it will go faster. Thanks so much! Tawra

  9. Yeah, we need to get them up but have spent over an month trying to get 3 done. :-) (which is why it’s taken us a year to just get started since you recommended it at last years NAMS :-)

    I will ask Mike again and see. Maybe it’s because he’s taking it from the PDF that we are selling right now.

    The thing is I really want to get it figured out because I can think of 100 e-books we could make with the over 1000 pages of content we already have on the site. :-)

  10. Great post Nicole and very timely. I am just starting to offering a formatting service along with my ghostwriting. I have used the Kinstant formatter and it is a great tool and time saving too. I just use the Kindle Previewer to make sure everything looks great before uploading to Kindle.

    Thanks!

  11. Thanks to your encouragement I am working on another e-book using content from our site.

    The actual articles only gave me a 7 page e-book. :-( I didn’t want to write more content so I went through th 200+ comments and had “readers tips” at the end!

    Now it’s up to 12 pages which is much better for our free e-book.

  12. I would love to get something published on the kindle. I have been working on something for a while. No where near ready to publish but hopefully one day I will be using this article for real. Lee