[KDP] best page size formatting?

A forum for questions about all aspects of self-publishing.
Forum rules
Please start your post with a tag, for example FORMATTING. ISBN, SPARK, CREATESPACE,COPYRIGHT, etc.
Post Reply
KIALea
Posts: 25
Joined: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:59 am

[KDP] best page size formatting?

Post by KIALea » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:50 pm

Me again,

im trying to format my kdp version from my 8x10 book and its being a mega pain, is there a page size to go with where it doesn't push things over so much to the next page?

Thanks

User avatar
Seisa
Posts: 142
Joined: Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:32 pm
Location: Washington, DC
Contact:

Re: [KDP] best page size formatting?

Post by Seisa » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:54 pm

I'm confused. Aren't you already using CreateSpace and IngramSpark for print? If so, there's no need to use KDP Print (and it will actually cause more problems to try to use it along with CreateSpace).
Sarah, Moderator
Editor & Book Designer
https://sleepingcatbooks.com
https://www.facebook.com/sarah.holroyd.editing
https://www.facebook.com/SEHolroyd

Image

Learning French? Try our bilingual English-French series: https://sleepingcatpress.com

KIALea
Posts: 25
Joined: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:59 am

Re: [KDP] best page size formatting?

Post by KIALea » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:23 pm

im using KDP for a kindle edition, its not the same book it has loads more images that i couldnt afford to put in print. but even still when i load the print files the same it screws it up.

KIALea
Posts: 25
Joined: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:59 am

Re: [KDP] best page size formatting?

Post by KIALea » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:27 pm

i wasnt going to use the ebook feature in either CS or IG a) because its a different book again and b) because i read to stick with KDP for kindle as it the best, like wise with CS for print and the two do not do each other well.

I basally have 3 books, 1 of which is in colour on both CS and ingram for price issues and distribution, black and white on CS only and Kindle on KDP only.

User avatar
Seisa
Posts: 142
Joined: Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:32 pm
Location: Washington, DC
Contact:

Re: [KDP] best page size formatting?

Post by Seisa » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:29 pm

You shouldn't be uploading your print files to KDP for the Kindle edition. Ideally you'd upload a properly formatted ePub or Mobi file, or a filtered HTML file that is zipped into a folder. If it's asking you for the trim size then you're not in the Kindle upload but KDP Print, which is the wrong place.

In addition, ebooks generally have reflowable text, which means that the publisher doesn't control exactly what appears on the screen but the user does. The user can change the font and type size, which changes how many words will appear on the screen at any given time.

Take all your preconceptions about what a "book" looks like, what a "page" looks like, and throw them out the window when you're dealing with ebooks. :D
Sarah, Moderator
Editor & Book Designer
https://sleepingcatbooks.com
https://www.facebook.com/sarah.holroyd.editing
https://www.facebook.com/SEHolroyd

Image

Learning French? Try our bilingual English-French series: https://sleepingcatpress.com

KIALea
Posts: 25
Joined: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:59 am

Re: [KDP] best page size formatting?

Post by KIALea » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:34 pm

im deffo in ebook part. says i can load a word doc but as you say the formatting is a mind field, ive googled the standard cover dimentions and reformatted the whole book to that size, and taken all my pretty coloums out and sorted my images, its flowing good now, just justifying font which i cannot figure out and also its adding odd paragraph heights in randomly!!

like banging your head on a brick wall eh!! will try the epub route tomorrow see if i have more luck!!

Thanks :)

walton
Site Admin
Posts: 210
Joined: Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:05 pm
Location: Prescott, AZ
Contact:

Re: [KDP] best page size formatting?

Post by walton » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:33 pm

There are resources: Sigil (WYSIWYG epub eitor) and Calibre (conversions and epub editor) are free. Aaron Shepard has several Kindle books (From
Word to Kindle, HTML Fixes for Kindle, Images in Kindle (I'm sure I've botched the titles)) that can help.

The print to Kindle takes some planning. Be informed.
Walton

Bleeds , free, 91 page guide to bleeds, margins, covers, and annotated CreateSpace guidelines. Prepress Glossary free, 79 page, fully illustrated prepress glossary with annotations forCreateSpace users. Typography free, 112 page illustrated guide to designing books, typography, with glossary and type specimen pages. Free list of free PDF downloads.

Image

KIALea
Posts: 25
Joined: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:59 am

Re: [KDP] best page size formatting?

Post by KIALea » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:32 am

Thanks :)

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests