Kindle Create Add-in for Microsoft Word Released

There are a hundred and one different ways to make a Kindle ebook.  many start with Microsoft Word, and now there's an option that both begins and ends there.

Kindle Create Add-in for Microsoft Word Released content creation e-Reading Software Kindle (platform)

Amazon has released a Kindle Create add-in for MSWord that can be used to make a Kindle ebook. I don't have Word (Libre Office for the win) so I cannot test it. But according to the download page:

  • Format your manuscript by specifying styles like Chapter Title, Chapter Subtitle and others.
  • Save time by using pre-formatted sample pages like book title, copyright, dedication to complete your book.
  • Preview your book any time on as it would look to customers reading on Tablets, Phones and Kindle E-readers before publishing.
  • Work in Microsoft Word and publish your .doc/.docx manuscript with Kindle Direct Publishing.

The install file requires a PC with Word 2007 or newer, just not a PC that runs macOS.

If you install the add-on, please do let us know how well it works.

Amazon

P.S. There's no Kindle-making extension for Libre Office, but Writer2Epub fills a similar role.

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11 Comments

  1. Carmen Webster Buxton2 August, 2017

    Actually, the Amazon conversion of an MS Word file works great, if you use styles consistently and make your chapter title style start a new page.

    This might be better, though. I wonder how it does with creating a table of contents? I don’t think I want to buy a new copy of Word to find out. When I decided to start creating paperback versions, too, I bought InDesign. Once you learn it, page layout is easier than in Word. And it will create an epub file, which I can convert with Calibre.

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  2. Allen F3 August, 2017

    I’ll have to try it when I get my next one ‘done’. As I recall, Libre Office can save as a word doc so it ‘might’ work. (As my word is from office 2000 I will be pushing my luck too. 😉 )

    Still, beats saving a doc as a html to feed the old kindlegen at the dos prompt!

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    1. Frank3 August, 2017

      If you have Word 2000, most likely this add-on will fail to work.

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      1. Allen F3 August, 2017

        Most likely, though we’ve seen many other things ‘work’ that weren’t suppose to. (And if it does fail 2000 has the ‘save as html’ option which they will take.)

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  3. Tom S4 August, 2017

    The ‘Amazon’ link in the article isn’t working (Safari iOS).

    I’ll try the plugin when I have a chance.

    And gawd people, Office 365 is very affordable ($99/yr for up to 5 installs of Office on Windows or MacOS, free mobile apps for iOS or Android, 5 ‘users’ of your choosing with 1TB cloud storage for each). Worth it just for the storage, and you never know when you might need the Real Thing instead of LibreOffice.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder4 August, 2017

      thanks for the heads up.

      Something (a plugin?) broke the link by trying to turn it into an affiliate link. I am going to have to take the blog apart to find out what.

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    2. Anthony Pero9 August, 2017

      “And gawd people, Office 365 is very affordable”

      I ended up finally breaking down and buying this simply to have wildcard replacements available in Search and Replace, rather than being forced to do what should be a simple task with complicated regular expressions.

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  4. Chesca26 November, 2017

    Hey all, why is that Kindle Create Add in cannot be installed in my laptop? I have enough memory space, what is the possible reason why? Advance thanks for your replies.

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  5. Okorie Stanley29 April, 2018

    Same here. Still wondering why it’s not installing on my system despite the fact that I have MS word 2010. Any insightful replies, please. Thanks.

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  6. One Time Engineer29 April, 2018

    I had the same problem where the Kindle Create Add-In would not install despite the fact that I have MS Word 2010. In my case, at the end of the installation process, I got a message along the lines of “Kindle Create Add-In Installer failed”.

    However, I managed to get it installed, and this is how I did it. When you use the downloadable installer from Amazon, it downloads and stores the installation files in the following location:

    C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Amazon\Kindle Create Add-in for Microsoft Word

    a) In that folder, run the installer called “Microsoft Visual Studio Runtime Tools” and follow the on-screen instructions
    b) Once step a) has completed, in that folder, install the Kindle Previewer by running the installer called “Kindle Previewer” and follow the on-screen instructions
    c) Once step b) has completed, navigate into the folder called “DISK1” within the folder above and run the installer called “setup” and follow the on-screen instructions. This will install the Add-In for MS Word

    And you’re done, the Kindle Add-In should now be installed! 🙂

    Hope this helps!

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  7. One Time Engineer29 April, 2018

    My comment above was changed, but the path to the installation files should be:

    C:\Users\Your Windows User\AppData\Local\Amazon\Kindle Create Add-in for Microsoft Word

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