Amazon offers new text editor with format options for Kindle book descriptions

Amazon is offering a new text editor for Kindle book descriptions which provides options for formatting the description and previewing before publishing.

The tool offers the ability to bold, italicize, underline, create numbered and bulleted lists, and create heading styles, although only h4, h5 and h6 are available. It’s actually a fairly thin selection of formatting possibilities but it does offer a preview of what your description will look like when published and is definitely a step forward.

If you prefer to write your description using HTML, you can toggle between the text editor and the source code. Any existing HTML tags in your book description will continue to work as they do today.

You can access the text editor within your title set-up through Kindle Direct Publishing and find out more about writing book descriptions on the Amazon website.

There are free HTML editors available online with a wide range of options — including html-online, and html5-editor — which you can use for formatting your book descriptions and then cut and paste your description into the Kindle editor but remember to switch to Source before pasting it in. There might well be some HTML that Amazon doesn’t support, but the Kindle site should highlight any problems which you can then amend.

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