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How to Use Scrivener to Format an e-Book for Kindle and Nook

You all know how I feel about Scrivener, but it is truly the best program for novelists out there.  For $49 it’s a steal and it is really not that complicated to use.  Today I thought I would show you how to format a Kindle .mobi file and an .epub file that is used on most other digital readers.

Front matter tells Scrivener what to insert as the first few pages of your book.

First thing is front matter. In the Scrivener “binder” which is the cool side bar on the left of your document, you have a place to insert front matter for an e-book.  This will include the copyright page, the title page and maybe a dedication.  Don’t bother with the cover art because you simply upload that file separately when you fill out the step by step on Amazon or Nook or Smashwords’s website.  You should get a front matter pull down tab in the binder and it should have an “e-book” front matter section.

Next we have to click “File” and then “Compile”.  Make sure that beside “Format As” you have selected “e-book” and you have ticked the box that says “Add Front Matter” at the bottom and selected “e-book” from the pull down window as shown in the picture below:

Select the book format and then tick "add front matter" and select "e-book"

Next choose which type of e-book you wish to produce.  If you want to publish to Amazon, Nook and Smashwords you will have to produce two texts.  Smashwords will take a Word document, and then it will convert it to several different formats.  Scrivener will automatically save it as a Kindle (.mobi) or Nook (.epub) file and will insert a table of contents with links to all of your chapters.  You don’t need to do anything at all other than “Compile” it.

Choose which format you wish to compile the document for: Kindle or E-Pub

The final step is to sign on to Kindle Direct Publishing, Nook and Smashwords and start uploading.  In moments you will have published an e-book.

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