Free Kindle Publishing Book Template

I was writing another kindle book the other day and came across an interesting thing. I have heard about kindle formatting being a pain but I have to say that I haven’t experienced it – probably due to the excellent job Geoff does in his Kindling Course.

Anyway yesterday I added some bullet points in my book. When I had finished and uploaded it to Kindle PublishingΒ I went to preview my book and it looked awful with funny looking objects that should have been bullet points!

Bullet points don’t work with the old Kindle. So I had to go back and change it. I then got into sorting things out and making it look better etc.

Basically my day turned into a ‘create a template for kindle’ day!

So I have made them available to you if you want them.

I have created a word template and an open office template.

The only thing you need to note is that if you are using open office to write your kindle books then you need to save them as .html or you will not be able to upload them to kindle publishing.

Download Open Office Kindle Book Template

Download Word Kindle Book Template

Here is a video showing you the template and how to use them.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Thank you Thank you Thank you! You are THE best!

    I bought a giant self publishing with Amazon book to figure out how to publish on kindle. I don’t think I need it now. Hahahahaha!

  2. Nitin Jain says:

    Thank you so much for this useful template. This is going to be really helpful for a first time Kindle publisher like me.

  3. Claire says:

    Do you have a template that will work in Kingsoft? Thanks.

  4. Sandra says:

    Kay,
    I have been searching for a word template that you have posted for a very long time. God bless you for sharing!

  5. I am using your OpenOffice Template with LibreOffice. Libre Office supports docx πŸ™‚

  6. Mary Ann says:

    Kay… I must be honest. I’m too much of a chicken to venture out into your “Ultimate Ebook Creator Template.” You taught me with the same one I’ve used a few times and I’m stickin’ with it until my feathers fall off!

  7. Many for this. I find Word daunting. This is a piece of cake. All the best, S

  8. Athmane says:

    hi Kay,

    how do I add images please? Thank you.

    • Hi there,

      For a kindle book make sure the pixel size of your images are a 625 pixels on the shortest side and 1000 pixels on the longest side – this is what amazon recommends for the cover image and so it works well for all images. I generally go with about 600 pixel wide and it’s fine. Your images will change anyway when converted and depending on the device people use to read it anyway.

      To add your images to your word or open office document and click on ‘Insert’ then ‘Picture’ and then locate your image on your computer and click on it. Make sure you put your cursor in the correct place within your document that you want the image to go before adding it and then it will go straight there. I suggest you center the image too.

      Remember that if you are using an open office document then you will need to save your document as an HTML file and then zip that file and upload that to KDP. For word you don’t need to do that.

  9. Kay,

    Do you have any suggestions for those of us who might like to change the template font? (Preferred fonts, etc.)

  10. Alessandro says:

    Hi Kay, I follow your blog by some time, and make you my compliments, especially for your life saving templates on this page! I’ve a question for you: I’m going to publish a new ebook showing how to write Kindle books from zero, and I would like to know if it’s possible to give my readers your url for checking out your template. I think it’s always better to ask before!

    Thanks so much and see you soon,
    Alessandro

  11. Rev. Terry Mattson says:

    Kay.. I too want to say ‘thank you’ for both the simplicity and quality of the template and your obvious kindness in helping many of us who are just getting started.

    I have one question: In the Table of Contents, all of the Chapters Titles are not working, that is they are not forwarding. The Introduction, Prologue (you have Legal), About the Author, etc.. are forwarding.

    With Chapter Titles, I’m getting the following error message: HTTP Status 404 – /XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX & Type: Status report & message: /XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX & description: The requested resource is not available & finally:Apache Tomcat/6.0.39.

    Any clue to what I’ve done to mess up the functionality of the Table of Contents? Is there a fix or should I pull a new one and just try again? Terry πŸ™‚

    • Hi Terry

      It sounds like you might have edited the names of the chapter titles within the Table of Contents (TOC) itself.

      The way to update the TOC is to move your mouse somewhere in the TOC and right click and then click update. If you manually edit it, things go wrong.

      Try to update the TOC as I’ve described and see if things sort themselves out.

      Kay

  12. Great work you did!
    Your template and video helped me publish my internet traffic ebook on Amazon, that is,
    ” Advanced Internet Traffic Formula: Your Master Key To Internet Riches Part 1, An Internet Traffic Generation & Conversions Course”

    More grease to your elbow!

  13. Dear Kay,

    Thank you so much for the templates & the excellent video. I shall attempt to use them quickly, as I have a couple of books on Amazon presently but not in the proper up loadable template style.

    Thank you,

    Giovanni Maria Tommaso

  14. Mary Ann says:

    Kay β€” I’m ashamed of myself! As much as I refer to your fantastic template and wealth of information, all the time, everyday, sometimes every night, and definitely on weekends β€” I cannot believe that I missed this particular page to applaud you more!

    You have gone waayyy over-the-top helping me to get my very first ebook on Amazon!

    The link for my new book is:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YNKMLPA?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

    I wish I could make it free for everyone but Amazon had other plans!

    Mary Ann πŸ™‚

    • It’s so exciting to see your book is now on Amazon as well! I have heard that it can take some time for Amazon to price match (change the price to zero). Let’s hope they will eventually.

      Kay

  15. Dawn S says:

    Hello Kay, First let me thank you SO VERY MUCH for this. This template is AWESOME! And has just made my life 1000%easier.
    I would like to know if you can add footnotes to this template. If so would you please kindly advise?

    Thanks again a million! Kind Regards, Dawn

    • Hi Dawn

      Yes in Word just put your cursor where you want to reference and go to ‘Reference‘ and then ‘Add footnote‘. A little number will appear and you add the text in the place at the bottom of the page where indicated.

      In Open Office put your cursor where you want to reference and go to ‘insert‘ then ‘footnote/endnote‘. Then add the text where indicated at the bottom of the page.

      Kay

    • Dawn S says:

      Thanks so much Kay! It works! Your help is invaluable!!! Thank you for helping me and so many others. Kind regards.

  16. Celia says:

    This is super helpful, Kay — thanks so much!

  17. James says:

    Hey thanks for the template. One quick question: How did you get the template to display multiple pages at 100% zoom? i hope you know what i mean.

  18. Christine says:

    Thank you so much I had to go through a ton of instructions I couldn’t understand before stumbling on your site.You really saved me.

  19. Eva says:

    Hi Kay,
    Thank you so much for posting this Kindle template, it’s so helpful! There’s one problem I am having with it, and hope you can tell me how to fix it: In your TOC you have some text following the chapter number “Chapter 2 XX” “Chapter 3 XX” but when I type in a title for the rest of the chapters in the TOC the title becomes a blue hyperlink. That’s fine, but not when it only looks like that for chapters 4-10. How can I get them all to be consistent in the formatting? Either have them all show up as blue hyperlinks or have all look like normal text, but work like hyperlinks?

    Thanks so much for your generous help πŸ™‚
    Eva

  20. Al says:

    Hi Kay,

    I’m bashing away at my first book thanks to your easy to use template, but I have a general question about content. For Ebooks is it OK to add quite a few pictures? I’m writing a non – fiction instructional book so would really like to include a number of illustrations/photos. Just wondering what your thoughts are on this one – good to bad to include them from a readability point of view?

    • Hi Al

      I have written a few instructional kindle books and I certainly include images as I believe that really helps. It adds value because it helps your reader understand what do to more clearly. I suggest you make them no more than 600 px wide as then they shouldn’t be scaled down during the conversion process (they will on smaller devices but not larger ones).

      I would also suggest you include something like “in the image below” or better still “in the following image” so that readers know you are referring to an image that they might not yet see – it might be over the next page. Sometimes you can add an image and believe it is on the same page as your text but when it gets converted it ends up and another page!

      Kay

  21. Tish says:

    Kay,
    Thank you so much for the free template!! I may be missing something, but I can’t seem to add more than ten chapters. Any advice?

    • Trish,

      Here’s what you need to do,
      1. Add chapter heading text
      2. Highlight it and then assign the heading 1 format to it
      3. Make sure you update your table of contents

      Kay

  22. Molly says:

    Kay,

    Thank you so much for the free template. Its very generous. Anything I can help with? No strings attached. I’m an expert in natural health.

    -Molly

    • You’re welcome Molly.

      There is something you could really help me with… Do you have any advice for a natural anti inflammatory? I suffer with back pain but am allergic to all the anti inflammatory medicines!

      Kay

      • Alan says:

        Hi Kay,
        Thanks for the template, I am about to write my first book!

        This may sound crazy but for your back try taking raw honey each day and by that I mean honey from a local beekeeper that has not had all the goodness removed by the mass honey producers!

        • Hi Alan

          Good luck with your first book!

          I’ve not heard about honey for back pain, I will get some. I know of a local honey producer nearby. Thank you!

          Kay

          • Hazel Wood says:

            Hi Kay,
            It depends on your type of back pain. I damaged my back as a child and needed several years in hospital, back supports and an operation. If there is damage there look up Low Dose Nalrexone, for me it has given my life back. I take it nightly (the liquid is more effective than the tablets).
            Also, go and relax in a hot spa tub but not for more than 20-30 minutes, otherwise it could aggravate. Lastly look up McTimoney Chiropractor, very gentle (my back won’t take any added pain or stress), very effective. Between that and LDN, I’m now back to where I was 15 years ago, out and about and doing things not down in a stupor with drugs. Also look up JointAce, with aroma oils, that’s good for when I over do things.
            Hope it helps
            PS Hoping to write a book on pain management – all personally experienced in 35 years of dealing with pain!! So thanks very much for the template and I hope the above helps.

          • Hi Hazel,

            Thank you so much for your tips on back pain. I’ll look them up. I am seeing an osteopath regularly now and my back is better than it was but when it feels better I am prone to then over doing things!! Like playing tennis in the garden with my daughter – well it is Wimbledon week after all! πŸ™‚

            Please let me know when you finish your book on pain management, I will be interested in purchasing it. If you get stuck at any point just email me.

            Kay

          • Hazel Wood says:

            Just a quick add on to my info below. If you exert yourself and in pain, get some Epsom Salts (available from chemist but cheaper from garden centre which use it for roses, but get purely Epsom salts). Add a large handful of the salts and dissolve in a hot bath, soak for 20 minutes and go straight to bed. Do not go downstairs for anything or do anything. Your body will begin to relax and get warm. It works!

          • Thanks Hazel, I will definitely try that!! πŸ™‚

            Kay

  23. Hey Kay,

    Thank You so much for the Template … Helped me amazingly … I just submitted 2 books of mine to Kindle by using your Template : ones Link has come already … the other one is in Review πŸ™‚ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SNUN9HU/ thats the link to my book πŸ™‚

    Thank You Once again πŸ™‚

    Monish πŸ™‚

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  25. Ian says:

    Dear Kay,

    How refreshing to hear your accent, rather than the one’s I normally hear (I’m sure you’ll work out what I mean)

    Thank you very much for the template. I will be using the Open Office one and I would like to know how I can install pictures. You mention that they do not work in Open Office. I’ve got a children’s book to publish, with a lot of cartoon graphics.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Ian

    • Hi Ian,

      So you like my West Country accent! πŸ™‚

      You can now add images using open office. All you need to do is insert your image (you can just paste it in if you want to – with Open Office) but make sure that you create an .html file of your book (save as .html) and then zip of the files up and upload the zipped file to KDP. Then your images will work fine.

      Kay

  26. I just wanted to thank you for the template. I was terrified of posting my short story to Amazon, until you shared this. Any chance you have another template for longer novels? A variety of sorts?
    A.

    • Glad it helped you. What other templates do you have in mind – I’m open to suggestions!

      Kay

      • Hi Ms. Franklin!

        I have a novel I’m working on and it contains a dedication/Information page, Legal Notice, TOC and the ending pages that you’ve provided. My issue is that the book has thirty four chapters and I don’t know how to add extra chapters. I’ve tried and messed things up royally.

        Do you have a longer chapters template? Or is there a simpler way to added the extra chapters in? I am at a loss!

        Thank you!
        Alyssa

  27. Leslie says:

    Your template is exactly what I was looking for. I’m sure I’ll be using your products soon! Thanks for the help!

  28. Lazlo says:

    Awesome resource, many thanks!

  29. Jim Shaffer says:

    Hi Kay.

    I’ve downloaded your template, but I can’t seem to get it
    to work in WORD.

    Help!

    Thanks,

    Jim

    • Hi Jim

      I have just downloaded it myself and it works fine.

      Are you sure you downloaded the template for word and not the open office one?

      • Jim Shaffer says:

        Thanks Kay,

        yes, I down loaded the WORD version, but was’nt
        sure what folder to put it in.

        I selected the usa language, but all I get is
        garbage.

        simple instructions please!

        Thanks so much for your help!

        Jim

        • Jim Shaffer says:

          Sorry Kay, the template works fine!
          must have gotten damaged while windows was
          doing its update thing.

          Thanks again for the help.

          I’ll let you know when my book is finally
          published on amazon.

          Best,

          Jim

          • Oh good. Yes windows can mess things up when it is busy doing updates! I have noticed quite a few lately.

            Glad it is all sorted out now.

            I’ll look forward to hearing about your Kindle book Jim!

            Kay

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