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Easy Make A Kindle and Every Other Type of Ebook

Kindle, Nook, ePub, iBook

Using free software- Open Office Writer or Microsoft Word-  No software to buy.
BETTER than Mobipocket or any other free software


Learn from someone who makes his entire income publishing quality books-

A revolutionary Fast, Easy, No Cost Method to Make Your eBook,
EVERYTHING you need to know
even if you have zero experience.
ESPECIALLY for beginners. NO CODE or HTML needed. WHEW!!

Add images, a Table of Contents, A Cover, and Internal and External Hyperlinks Instantly without any problem.

Make one file that works for ALL FORMATS.
The entire process from start to finish-
Get ONLINE on Amazon, Nook, and iBook

I was shocked to see what some people and companies
were charging writers to do this job-
a process that can be done by anyone for nothing, certainly in a day or far less, in some cases, within an hour.

After spending a couple of weeks sifting through all of the junk, the free, cheap, and expensive programs,
I synthesized a complete and stupid-easy method for creating
fully professional ebooks of all types, with illustrations,
and without having to making different formatted manuscripts for each type of ebook.

I’ve tried all the so-called free and easy applications
like Mobipocket and other, online instructions-
and they all make things far more complicated then necessary-
or they flat out don’t work at all and don’t deliver the goods.

Get on the right track IMMEDIATELY, enjoy it,
and get published immediately on Amazon Kindle,
Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBook,
and every other Digital Format with ZERO headache and frustration!

74 Pages
Blissfully Easy to Understand Step by Step Directions-
Use just the sections you need for your own eBook


(you need Free Adobe Reader on your computer)



What This Book Will Show You


Here’s THE BIG SECRET you will find in this book- astonishingly found nowhere else online or in print:

You can make and easily published every type of eBook- for Kindle, Nook, iBook, and other ePubs in virtually one go

1) Easily

2) Quickly

3) Free

You will soon have an eBook- Fully functional and with PERFECT formatting (and with images if you choose) TOTALLY without resorting to editing code or HTML- simply by using Microsoft Word or the free equivalent Open Office Writer.

You will create or re-format your existing manuscript, and then easily, quickly, and perfectly convert it for all electronic book readers, Kindle, Nook, iBook, and all other devices- Foolproof and completely professionally.

Then you will get it online for Kindle, Nook, iBook, and all other eBook readers. You will learn how, every step by step of the way, right here. I will explain ISBN and the various ways of getting one, including for free.

I’ve tried the other free and paid software and written and published methods out there (and shall remain nameless here). They don’t work well, if at all, or are dreadfully incomplete in their instructions and will result in nothing but a poorly formatted amateur presentation that you wouldn’t want anyone to see, much less have your name attached to and respected.

I’ve done all the hard work figuring out what REALLY does work. I’ve selected only what is essential, practical, and simplest- and gotten rid of all of the confusing and useless junk that you will find lurking to lure its literary victims everywhere else.

And, oh my, there certainly is a planet full of bad eBook creation advice and eBook making software out there.

This short book allows you to skip all of the baloney and go right to the fun and success of creating your own eBook and getting it online, without any hassle- and enjoy doing it from beginning to finished product!

I’ve broken down the process into teeny tiny steps, and I haven’t left anything out (unlike what you will find elsewhere). You can skip what you don’t really need for your project, and find what you do need later for a different situation.

 Everything is explained in simple language that everyone can understand the first time, even if you’ve never done anything like this before. You cannot fail.

You will have a big smile on your face as you go along, and especially when you’ve crossed the finish line a winner.



1) Making a Kindle or other ePub electronic book is far easier than you can imagine. 2) If you have someone else do it for you, they invariably will make errors or not do it as you would like. 3) eBook formatting by anyone else will cost you far more money than it should. 4) And very importantly, you will certainly want to make updates, changes and modifications to your book, quickly and without any hassle or additional cost.

You want to control your eBook publication yourself, have it done exactly right, have it done instantly and at no cost, and have it completed any time you choose without waiting.


As an global publisher and author who has made 100% of his living online for the past 15 years (tooting my own horn here, forgive me), I simply do not have the time or energy to waste jumping through endless wasteful procedures that don’t bring results- and you shouldn’t either. I’ll show you what works the best- that’s my job in this book.

Congratulations for landing on the Planet of Publishing Pleasure!



Everyone has a story to tell or a lesson to share with others.

However, until the Digital Age and the World Wide Web, it could be nearly impossible for most people to get published and distributed successfully.

Getting a publishing deal, not to mention the difficult matter of actually getting paid for one’s efforts, has been akin to winning the lottery. It has been out of the reach of most people, especially those new to book writing and publishing. Unless you win the unlikely treasure jackpot of having a best seller- in the end, a writer rarely sees much of anything for his or her efforts.

If one manages to actually get picked up by a printed publisher, you are still at the mercy of corporate whim and the publicity budget. You will be dropped like a hot potato if your book doesn’t sell big. You probably will get nothing for promotion, and that job will be left to you and your own wallet. And even if your book does sell, you’ll see a pittance of the sales as your royalties- if anything. Conversely, publish yourself on Amazon Kindle and you get 70% of the sale price for the digital book, immediately.

Read the headlines these days to see what major authors are foregoing “the big publishing deal” to go it completely on their own digitally, for a much more deserved piece of the pie.


I love printed books, and I will always offer them right along with my digital books. They are a timeless, unique and important form of art and communication. But the art of making a printed book- affordably- that’s another lesson and story in itself, full of potential pitfalls and wasted expense if you are a novice.

You might decide to gamble with your own money and print copies of your own books. If you are like 99% of self published authors, a large inventory of printed books will unfortunately probably just end up sitting in your basement, collecting dust, unsold.

But now, anyone- importantly, YOU- can publish and distribute their own writing in the digital realm- and generate a modest or even a substantial income without any outlay of money or risk. In a single day you can have your manuscript made available to virtually billions of online potential customers, millions of which already own and love to use their digital eBook reader.

There is an audience out there for EVERYTHING. Certainly, many readers will be excited to get your eBook.

It will cost you nothing. You can create your eBook for free, as well as distribute it for free. You have everything to gain, and absolutely nothing to lose- not even big blocks of your time.

You wouldn’t think so if you have seen one of those commercial “We’ll format your eBook for you” web sites that charge dollars per page, or a few hundred dollars for a single book. What a racket! These companies probably don’t spent even an hour doing the work, done by low paid employees who care little about your content or career. Even if you are paying less than that- that’s like charging people for the air they breathe.

No need to go there.


Once you’ve written your book, most people know that they can create a free web site or blog to tell people about their project, document, or book. The best web building sites are as easy (or easier) to use as writing a letter or creating a flyer on Microsoft Word.

What people have yet to learn is that one can further publish and distribute their book via Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and get it on iBooks- again, nearly effortlessly and at no cost.

The 21st Century is a golden age for writers.

Welcome to this fantastic new world of global online electronic publishing!




Until now, the process of creating an electronic book, properly formatted to distribute via Kindle, Nook, other eBook formats, iBook, and even PDF books has been a frustrating mystery to even the most experienced author who has never created an electronic book before.

You would think that Amazon and other distributors who gain from having eBooks online would make the directions for doing this easy to understand. They don’t. Amazon’s actual instructions for making a Kindle book is a spider’s web and a black hole from which you will likely never escape alive

It’s ridiculous.

It’s not at all complicated, and there are just a few things to keep in mind. Do it once and you’ll have it memorized forever.




When I first began to prepare my own books for Kindle, Nook, and iBook distribution I was completely shocked to find that there was no easy or pragmatic guide for doing this. The only instructions that I found online were confusing, and a failure in many respects.

Some, remarkably promising ease of use (they lied), were far from that. Other instructions did not work at all- even when I followed the instructions to the letter. Amazon and Barnes and Noble provided nothing but an indecipherable and bewildering hodgepodge of guidance- virtually worthless help.

(Don’t believe me? Go for it. Please don’t tear too much of your hair out, okay? I’ll be waiting here for you when you’re done.)

So, I set out to figure it out on my own, using a bit from here and a bit from there, synthesizing and inventing my own techniques from years of publishing experience, knowing what people really need- both the authors and the readers. In the end, I took what was essential, threw the rest down the garbage disposer, and calculated the absolute best and easiest way to create an eBook, painlessly.

I have a degree in education, and I’ve taught tens of thousands of music, art, and other kinds of lessons over a thirty year period to kids and adults. I know how important it is to keep things simple.

I’ve done all of the research and hard work for you. For the very low cost of this one eBook, the door has been opened for you to make your own fame and fortune or simply to enjoy seeing the fruits of your own creative labor.

 Sell one eBook, and this inexpensive lesson has been paid for, and you’ll soon understand that it was the best $10 you ever invested in yourself.



It is to SERVE THE READER.  No more, no less.

An electronic book has a few unique requirements to do its job well-

  • It should resemble a printed book in correct line and paragraph formatting and chapter headings- and be easy to read.

  • It must have a usable Table of Contents that allows the reader to instantly navigate to any chapter in the book.

  • It should properly display images if needed, without distortion, and render them in a fine manner.

  • It should work similarly in every type of electronic book reader or equivalent computer eBook application- and you shouldn’t have to reformat your manuscript repeatedly for every kind of eBook reader.


These key things are easily accomplished using Microsoft Word as your manuscript editor, (or the free Office Writer .doc creation software)- all without using HTML, any other text editor, or resorting to manipulating code and tags. Using Word or Open Office to create an eBook is a total breeze and the smartest way to work, bar none. I find it absolutely incredibly that people are still doing it any other way. It is PERFECT for creating any type of eBook.

Well, I guess people continued to think the world was flat long after sailors were already circumnavigating the globe…

Bear in mind, you can not simply use a typical Word document written for the printed page. Your file must be modified slightly in the correct way to upload for Kindle and other formats, otherwise your eBook will not look right and will not allow proper navigation for reading. But the changes are not difficult to make. And these simple changes will be light years faster and easier than any other method employed.

In this efficient manual you will be shown how to first make a SINGLE FILE that can be used across the board for the three types of eBooks- Kindle, Nook, and iBook with a minimum of modifications to work for all. (Other readers such as Sony and iRiver use the same type of language as the Nook.)

The easy step by step instructions provided here will supply you with a foolproof method for creating your own electronic book, complete with images and illustrations if you choose.

You can create your eBook from scratch, or modify a previously existing manuscript with some quick changes.

As a teacher myself for over three decades, I continue to be amazed at the torture people put themselves through to learn something.

Not here, not anymore.






Electronic books have their own requirements for images, and I’ve written a special chapter to easily guide you through this process to make your images and illustrations look their best for Kindle and others. Again, I’ve kept this process as easy and as straight forward as possible with a minimum of fuss.




You will soon have your electronic book finished in no time at all. It will look perfect and it will work perfectly for everyone and for all of the various brands of eBook readers and applications.

So, let’s get started!


How To Use This Book

Making your electronic books for all devices and reader applications is a simple process:

Just begin here with “Part One: Easy Make A Kindle Book”.

You will create all of your eBooks in the same way, starting with creating a book for Kindle. After you make your Kindle book, you will make just a couple of small changes to make a Nook eBook and for other ePub formatted books. After you have done that, it will additionally be ready to upload for iBook readers using another simple process.

Follow the steps one at a time.

Do not skip any of the steps.

To navigate in this manual to the Table of Contents, and thus skip to any chapter or instruction, just click one step to the “Beginning” of this book with your favorite eBook reader. (Incidentally, this is THE best way to provide an instantly accessible linkable Contents page for every single reader in one fell swoop without any hassle).


Frequently SAVE YOUR WORK with a unique file name as you go along. In case you make a mistake, you can simply re-open a previous file version, and go again from there.  DO NOT ERASE or OVERWRITE your saves, and give each save a separate name such as “ebook_1.doc”, then “ebook_2.doc” and so on.

Continue to do this as you convert your .doc file to make your Amazon Kindle book and ePub books, i.e.  “ebook_1.epub” and “ebook_2.epub”

This same habit of saving all of your files should extend to your images as well, as you will create images of slightly different sizes and dimension, and you don’t want to discard an image that you may have to re-tweak later on going back to an earlier version.

I use Microsoft Word 2003 as my own application for writing books. I feel that it is the simplest to work with and that it provides all of the tools I need. There is no advantage to using a newer version of Word. My instructions will give tips on menu navigation using Word 2003, but you may use a later version if you choose, or for that matter Open Office Writer (free at Open Office  )

Just use any program’s Help menu if you are not sure how to get to the formatting option menu that you need to use.


This book first presents your eBook making procedure step by step, with a short explanation “why” when necessary. For your convenience, the procedure is then reproduced as a simple numbered outline at the end of the book that you may use for simple reference later on. You may skip to this outline by clicking on THIS LINK or navigating to the outline from the Table of Contents. (The outline link works in this book’s full version).


One other suggestion that I would make is that you acquire two pieces of optional hardware for your eBook creation process. These are not absolutely necessary, but can make your job easier and faster.

1) Get a mouse with a quick scroll wheel. I use a Logitech VX Nano Cordless notebook mouse (my favorite, about $30 on eBay) that has a scroll wheel in the center that can be clicked on or off to work as a fast flywheel. This allows very rapid and precise scrolling through pages and text. Using a quick scroll mouse is like driving a race car! Once you use one of these, you will have a hard time going back to a plain mouse without one.

2. Get hold of an actual Kindle or Nook (or both) to check your work as you go. Although you can absolutely create your eBook without either physical reader and use the Kindle Direct Publishing preview screen and the Nook preview for epub type books (both work quite well), they will not actually let you test links (like the Table of Contents navigation), and I’ve seen the KDP preview stick in a blank page after a full page illustration that did actually not show up in the completed book. The KDP preview also does not show the nice ¼” margins on a real Kindle or in a Kindle Reader app.

However If you follow all of the directions in this manual, you will be fine, even if you just use the KDP or Nook preview readers on their own publishing page. Further, I show you how to test all of your links before publishing.


Kindle uses its own eBook language (.azw file), whereas Nook uses the .epub type of file. Nook will display fundamentally in the same manner as other brands of ePub readers like iBook, Sony, iRiver and a few others. The Kindle will not read ePub files and vice versa.

If you want to work quickly and check your work as most other people will view it, I would suggest you get hold of one or both of these electronic eBook readers. Save money and snap one up for cheap on Craigslist or eBay. It will be well worth your energy to acquire and use as you go along, and it makes checking your work a little simpler- and actually, fun! And when you’re done with your own eBook, you can enjoy reading other eBooks with it as well.

One wonderful thing about an electronic book is that you can make your book uniquely interactive with the Internet- something a printed book cannot do. Your eBook can open up a whole world to your reader in a completely new way readers have never experienced before. Just use your imagination- !

iBooks are read on an iPad or other Apple device only. None the less, you can create and upload an iBook online and never touch or own any Apple computer or iPad at all.

Once your book is published, you can actually send yourself a copy of your book and read it on the free Kindle or Nook reader application for PC or Mac.




These instructions are presented in the order in which you would create a book from scratch or in the order of modifying an existing manuscript. You may check your work at any time by using one of the applications above or by importing into your Kindle, Nook, or other eBook device.

If you are not sure how to import your working manuscript into your device as you go along for review, you may skip to this section of these instructions first HERE (Chapter 6) for Kindle, and HERE (Chapter 7) for Nook and ePubs.  Be aware that you will first need to open a free Kindle account or a Nook account to do this.


Finally, although the evolution of eBooks is certain to change quickly and introduce new elements, at present (April 2011), there are already over 5 million Kindles and other electronic book readers owned and used by readers. You want to make something that works for everyone, old and new alike.

The features and limitations in these original and present generation of eBook devices is taken into consideration here. Your eBook manuscript created from this set of instructions will not only work in every future eBook reader, but will continue to perfectly work in all of the eBooks devices made to date, for each and every one of those millions of happy readers and customers.


In case you are wondering about the differences between the Kindle, Nook, and iPad- briefly, the Kindle and regular Nook use a black and white display that is highly visible in any normal light, even in bright outdoor light. At present, the Kindle can open up linked web pages while still reading an eBook, where as a Nook cannot. Kindle has a built in minimal but usable, type of audio book reader to read your book to you- say while you are driving or just want to listen instead of read. Both double as audio players and rudimentary web browsers.

These readers use a minimum of battery, and will go for a week or more on a single charge.

As time goes on, the Nook will probably offer the same features as the Kindle 3, but presently, the Kindle clearly comes out on top with some of its features.

The Nook Color and iPad have a color gloss screen that can be difficult to read in bright light, and they have a much shorter battery life of about eight hours maximum. You can buy an inexpensive matte screen stick-on that greatly reduces the glare, although perfect application of the anti-glare screen takes careful finesse. (I did it- you probably can manage it too!)

The iPad and Nook are much superior for looking at web pages and can do other kinds of portable computer pad operations as opposed to the Kindle and regular Nook which are more limited.

The Nook Color is a very good touch screen portable pad at around $250, whereas the iPad is a hefty $500 for the lowest priced model. The Kindle 3 is a bargain at around $139, and the regular Nook is slightly more. (These prices are as of April 2011, and will likely get even lower). Again, you can save money by shopping around for a perfectly working used one.

As for the other eBook readers, if you have one, you can use it for viewing ePub files. I am not a fan of Apple proprietary schemes, but if you like Apple products and own them, the iPad can be used to view any type of file with the properly installed application software.

Bear in mind, that a computer or iPad eBook reading application will display your book somewhat differently than a physical reader because of the larger display and the greater numbers of viewing options than the eBook reader allows. Personally, I create my own books and then cross check them on my Kindle 3 and then on my Nook Color. If it looks good on these devices, it will look good on  

That’s all the preliminaries-

Okay- here we go!

Part One:



Make A


Do these same steps first for ALL formats and devices.

Regardless of whether you are making a Kindle, Nook, any other ePub, or an iBook- follow the procedure to make a Kindle book first. You will complete the steps for the other formats after you follow all of the instructions to format for Kindle.

Chapter 1   Kindle Book



1. Resize page size to 3.5” X 4.75” to approximate the viewing page size for electronic readers.

The reason for doing this is so that you can closely approximate what your book will actually look like in on most portable electronic books devices. The display size will vary somewhat on different brands of readers and on computer applications for reading eBooks, but 3.5” X 4.75” is the size of the Kindle and regular Nook screen- the most common size (and the lowest common denominator). To see what your eBook will actually look like while format editing in Word is very helpful and helps you to gauge many aspects of your presentation.

In Microsoft Word, you can change the page size by menu navigating to: File/ Page Setup/ Paper 

To set up your default measurements units to “Inches”, navigate to: Tools/ Options/ General/ Measurement Units

2. Remove Page Numbers

Page numbers should not be in your document for an eBook. This is because any eBook pages actively change as the user changes the type size for viewing. With a smaller type font size, a book will have fewer pages, and vice versa. Thus, page numbers are changeable in every eBook, and useless in eBooks. Navigation through an eBook is done either through simple page turns or through clicking on the Table of Contents links that you will create.

If you are writing an eBook from scratch, do not create page numbers.

If you need to remove page numbers from an existing manuscript, navigate to:  View/ Header-Footer  then cursor highlight the first page number and delete it….