formatting and creating digital code to get your book published on Amazon

When is a page not a page?

When is a page not a page?

When it’s on Kindle!

In a normal printed book there are a predefined  number of words that will fit on page based on the page size and the font size.

With Kindle it is a different Kettle of fish altogether!

Screen Size

There are several different types of Kindle, from the most prevalent monochrome device to the new Kindle Fire and Fire HD.  There are then the Kindle Apps that are available on phone such as the iPhone, Blackberry and Android and Tablets, from the iPad to all the different Android devices, all have different screen sizes which mean different amounts of text that can fit onto the screen.

Reading Style

On tablets like the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad you can set the App to show two pages at once, much like a proper book so you have a facing page as well as the one you are reading.  This again impacts the number of words available on a screen.

Font size

On all devices the consumer has the option to increase or decrease the font size, again this impacts on the amount of words that fit on the screen.

Think ‘screen’ not ‘page’

As there are so many variables out of our control it isn’t possible to fix certain pieces of text in certain places, images can be difficult to insert properly into text.

As such, the best formatted books on Kindle are effectively continuous streams of text that the Kindle fits to the screen based on the font the consumer has chosen.

Examples

The 9 images below show the 3 key devices, the traditional Kindle, the Kindle Fire HD and an iPhone, all with the same text but in 3 different font sizes.

As you can see, a page really isn’t a page on Kindle!

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