Hello SErs. Harmony here. As promised, here is part eleven in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.
If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts in this series, please click on the links at the end of this post.
So, here’s Part Eleven: How to Preview Your eBook.
The quickest and easiest way is to use Amazon’s online previewer to view your eBook. However, it is always best–if you can–to check how your finished book looks on as many devices as possible … more on that later.
As we saw in Part Ten, once you’ve uploaded your eBook, you can click on ‘Launch Previewer’ at the bottom of your eBook details page.
The following screen will load >>> (It might take some time.)
You can use the arrows to navigate from page to page, or alternatively, you can type in a location at the top of the page. I would recommend checking all of your internal links here too to make sure they work properly.
Other ways you can preview your book involve first downloading the file to your computer or device. See the next screenshot >>>
As you can see, Amazon gives you two options. The first one will dowload a Mobi file to your computer.
If you want a Mobi file to send out to friends/family/or freebies to email, then downloading to your computer, using the ‘Preview on your computer’ option, gives you your finished eBook to keep in your files.
Option 2 also involves downloading a file to your computer, ready for emailing. To use this option, you will first need to have set up an approved ‘send to Kindle’ email. See this link HERE for more information on that.
When I make an eBook, I always make mulitple versions (ePub, etc.), rather than just Mobi, so that I can check how the book looks on all platforms. Also, this allows me to gift a selection of book files to reach as many readers as possible.
You don’t need to have a Kindle ereader to preview your book on your tablet or phone. You can use a Kindle app instead. Amazon also has an app to read on your computer.
You can download the apps HERE.
That’s it from me for today. I hope you’ve found this post useful. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and I’ll see you all again on Wednesday, July 15th, where we’ll be taking a look at how to edit your eBook.
Past posts in this series:
Part 1 (Software for Writing) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-29t
Part 2 (General Formatting Necessities) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-29J
Part 3 (Ebook Conversion) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2ah
Part 4 (Paperback Formatting) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2eS
Part 5 (Image Software for Making Book Covers) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2gi
Part 6 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2gQ
Part 6 B (Making your own ebook cover to upload to Amazon) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2hQ
Part 7 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for Paperback) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2jY
Part 7 B (Making your own PDF book cover to upload to Amazon) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2kf
Part 8 (Setting up your KDP account) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2kF
Part 9 (An overview of your KDP Dashboard) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2lq
Part 10 (Uploading your eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2pL
To make it easy to browse back and forth, I’ve set all links to open in new tabs. As this series progresses, I will update the links for you so that each post includes links to all past posts in the series.
©Harmony Kent 2020
(If you’re reading this post on or after July 15th, 2020, then here’s the link for Part 12 in the How to Publish with KDP series: https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Aa. Please note, the link won’t work until July 15th, 2020.)