OK, we’ve got a nice clean file, cleared of all MS Word format code, except for paragraph returns.
As we said last time, it looks pretty naked, but we can use MS Word to pretty it up in a hurry.
Highlight a few words of your text, then, pull down Format (from the top bar), just as you did before, and look at the Styles and Formatting box at the right of your screen.
Most likely you will see only a few items in that box, and the single-line box at the top, labeled “Formatting of selected text” (that’s the text you just selected) will display “Normal”.
Normal is the default text on your computer, and it is “probably” Times Roman 12… at least that’s what it is on my MS Word 2003.
It is governed by the “Normal” MS Word template. That’s an internal file of MS Word that requires way too many words to discuss here… let’s just say that it controls the appearance of your MS Word text, according to however MS Word originally set it, or however you – or the person in charge of your computer – changed it.
But, actually, it doesn’t really matter what your default type font is… Kindle will turn it into its own default type font.
Whether that makes you happy or sad will likely depend on whether you were working with a cluttered messy old file, or one that you had labored long and hard over to format with your own ideas of fancy and/or pretty fonts.
But whether we are glad or mad doesn’t matter… and why the Kindle does it, doesn’t matter… we have to work with what the Kindle will display
As far as I can determine, the Kindle will display only two fonts (or typefaces, to use the technically-correct term), a default font that resembles Times Roman, and a mono-spaced font that resembles Courier.
You can choose variations of those typefaces… big or small, and bold or italics, or underline, and you can alter the spacing, so if you work within those confines, you can create nice-looking pages for the Kindle.
But if you set up your body text in Fancy Font Script, for example, you will still get plain old Kindle default font, so it’s best to resign ourselves to that fact, and figure out what to do about it.
Luckily for us, MS Word has some built-in Formatting Styles that look great on the Kindle.
We’ll talk about that next.
In the meantime, a good book to buy is Stephen Windwalker's Complete User's Guide to the Amazing Amazon Kindle.