KINDLE FORMATTING 2 -- Stripping Out Extraneous Formatting

I repeat … what follows is tedious but absolutely necessary.

We all type in different ways. Sometimes we use auto-paragraphing (letting the computer indent for us when we hit return); sometimes we hit the space bar five times to indent; sometimes we do things there is no explanation for. All those strokes show on our manuscript in various ways, and, will, perhaps, give Kindle heartburn.

What you need to do is make everything consistent with the new formatting you’ve just provided. Here’s how:



Turn on ‘Show Formatting’ (the icon in your Standard Tool Bar that says ‘Show’)
Now you can see all the formatting marks in your ms.


Go through and remove all arrows and any extra spaces between words (in other words, there should never be more than a single dot to define a space.)

Remove lines of dots, if that’s the way you center or create spaces.

Go through your entire manuscript. When you're done, there should be only two formatting icons in your manuscript: a single dot between each word and a paragraph symbol at the end of each paragraph.


Delete any text in headers and footers, including page numbers.


If you use elipses ( … ) and dashes ( -- ), make sure there is one space before and one space after each, as in the examples.


Insert and center three *** wherever you want a blank space between paragraphs. Be careful with these. If you hit four instead of three by accident, you’ll insert an entire line of asterisks, and then have to figure out how to remove that line. Solution: Place cursor above line, go to Borders/Shading, choose Borders, choose None, choose Okay, and the line of asterisks will disappear. The three asterisks will show in your kindle document, but that’s okay. The asterisks will signal a ‘break’ in time, a white space on the page that Kindle would otherwise ignore.