A few of my friends have seen the books I’ve published on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and they were wondering how to get started writing and publishing books. I was wondering that, too, at one point. That was when I found a Word template to use. I’ve now improved it and this is the exact template I use for publishing my own Kindle and e-books online.
Here’s a free download of the Kindle template (Word document, 35 kb). It’s in the right format and it works well for PDF e-books as well.
My Free Amazon Kindle Word Template
Here are the instructions on how to use it once you put it in your cart (for free) and check out.
Change things like the title on the first page and in the footer. Edit the Table of Contents and then set up as many pages as you need. The title for each section should be a Heading 1. That way, you can easily link to each section of the book. I like to start each section as a new page. I’ve put one in there as an example.
When starting a new page, I find it helpful to have a blank line at the end of the previous page. This kind of helps the heading of the next page stay separate from the previous page.
When you publish on Kindle, you won’t have page numbers but make sure you link your Table of Contents to each section so that it’s easy for people to get to those pages. Just go into Word and make hyperlinks. You’ll link each item in your Table of Contents to the header, so again, make sure each section has a header (I included some for you as examples in the template).
When you export to PDF, make sure your links work by going into the PDF and testing the links. The best way to make sure links always work is to make all your links actual URLs – versus linked text. I sometimes have to open the document in LibreOffice and then export to PDF to make sure the linked text works if you do it that way (instead of linking URLs). You may not have this issue but again, make sure you do good testing.
It’s a Free Download
Download this template and then use it for all the books you publish.