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For those of you who have tried to get reviews for your ebooks, only to have attempts rebuffed by readers who only review physical books, you can meet them half-way! Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing has added a new wrinkle — now you can more easily make your ebook into a print book! If you check your KDP Bookshelf, you should see the ‘Create new title’ section divided into Kindle ebook and paperback.
For existing books, you should find that there is now a ‘+ Create paperback’ button. The wizard behind this button still needs work, it’s true, but it’s already very simple to use, if a little inflexible around cover design (I could add neither ASCII nor Unicode characters to the spine, and a picture for your LLC is not possible; likewise there is no room for graphics except an author graphic on the back cover — which I replaced with a cover swirl).
This is very like a connection or bridge between CreateSpace and KDP, but it is very easy to use for ebookers, and very encouraging! One thing I should like to note is that your manuscript, in Kindle form, is unlikely to be formatted to book size, nor is it likely to have alternating page numbers for printing.
CHANGE THE MANUSCRIPT TO 6 x 9 BOOK SIZE
- Open a copy of your manuscript and click the Layout tab.
- Click ‘Size’ in the [Page Setup] section > More paper sizes.
- Set the width to 6′ and the height to 9′.
- Check every page of your book for blank pages. It will save you time.
PAGE NUMBERS | ALTERNATING PAGE NUMBERING IN WORD
If you need to start your page numbers on another page than the first or second page, and you need to alternate page numbers outside to outside for printing, here’s what you do in Word 2016.
- Remove any page breaks between, say, your TOC and your Prologue or first chapter. (Anywhere in Word where you clicked Control+Alt+Enter to jump, say, a new chapter heading to a new page).
- Put your cursor between the end of the TOC and the beginning of the Prologue or Chapter 1 (you may need to go to Home > Style > Normal to have a normal-sized cursor).
- In Word, go to the Layout tab > Breaks > Next Page.
- Go to the page where you want to put the first number.
- Click the Insert tab > Page Number [Header & Footer section] > Bottom of page > Plain Number 3.
- If you still see numbers on the copyright page and the TOC, enter the footers and remove them by selecting them and clicking delete. If the ‘New Page’ break is working, this deletion won’t change the rest of the document’s numbering at all.
- Once you are sure the page numbering is as expected, set ‘Different Odd & Even Pages’ in Header and Footer tools.
- Insert > Page number > 2 on the second page.
- Return to the TOC and make sure it has no number. If it has a number, go to chosen page two and remove it’s ‘Link to Previous’ by clicking Same as Previous on the footer and unchecking ‘Link to Previous’ as it appears in the Navigation section of the Ribbon.
You should be done!