Have you ever seen an Amazon Book description that looked absolutely stellar? Nice big words, perfect layout, well structured?
Well, there’s a secret to how self-publishers are making it look that way. They’re using Amazon’s approved HTML. That’s right…they’re coding it to look that way, and you could too.
By adding a little code to your book description, your sentences can now be bold, underlined, or even bigger in size.
As you can see, there is a clear difference between a well-structured book description using Amazon’s HTML and a book description that doesn’t use HTML.
And it isn’t as simple as writing it in Word Document and copying and pasting…nope. That well-formatted beauty requires a little HTML love.
So, in this article, I’m going to show you exactly how you can tap into this even if you know nothing about HTML or CSS—and I’ll also introduce you to a free book description tool that will help you build beautiful, eye-catching descriptions so that your book will stand out and get even more customers.
Amazon Book Description Tips
Lucky for us, Amazon allows us to use special snippets of code to access their font styles…all you need to do is type the right things around your book description sentences to make your book description words stand out and look great.
To do this, let’s first look at what you’re allowed to do:
Don’t worry if you don’t know what all that means because I’ll show you.
To get your words to do the above, all you need to do is sandwich your sentence or words with the <fill in the code> above and end your sentence or word with <fill in the code/>. (Don’t write “fill in the code”—instead, use the cheat sheet above to see what letters will make the change you’re seeking.)
HTML Examples for Each Tag
Now that you know how to wrap each tag around a sentence and which HTML tag you can use, let’s go through each, how it’s applied, and how it will look on the US Amazon Market.
Header Font Size:
To get the words to be larger, you’ll need to use the Header Tags which are <h1>, <h2>, <h3>, <h4>, <h5>, and <h6>. The H1 tag is the largest with H6 the smallest.
Let’s see what they look like when wrapped around a word:
To make a sentence or word bold, all you need to do is wrap that word or sentence with <b></b>
Like this: Self-Publishing School is <b>amazing</b>.
To make a word in italics, you can use either <i> or <em>
Like this: Self-Publishing School is <i>amazing</i>.
Underline uses <u></u>
Like this: Self-Publishing School is <u>amazing</u>.
If you want to separate some text with a horizontal line, all you have to do is add <hr> and it will look like this:
There are two types of lists: Ordered lists and Unordered lists. Ordered lists are numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. Unordered lists are bullet point lists.
Unordered are denoted at the beginning using <ul> and their structure looks like this:
<li>Unordered Item One</li>
<li>Unordered Item Two</li>
<li>Unordered Item Three</li>
Ordered Lists are denoted by the <ol> and their structure looks like this:
<li>Ordered Item One</li>
<li>Ordered Item Two</li>
<li>Ordered Item Three</li>
Free Amazon Description Generator Tool
Hand coding your own book description can be tedious. That’s why I designed a special free software that lets you see real time what your description will look like. It’s called the Amazon Book Description Generator.
Just type in or copy and paste your book description, highlight a section, and click the button to make it look the way you want it.
Once you’ve gotten it the way you like, then just click the button “Get My Code” and it will automatically create the HTML code you need to make your description look like you designed it.
Then take that code, go to the KDP bookshelf and update your book’s description.
Examples of Well Formatted Book Descriptions
So as to help you get your creative juices flowing, here are some examples of other books who have used book description formatting and taken it to the next level:
Chandler Bolt’s Book Launch: Clean, and effectively uses the bold feature to highlight the most important words. That way, those that skim the description will immediately see the parts that Chandler wants you to see.
Patrick King’s Conversion Tactics: One of the most effectively uses of underline as well as neatly organized information with bullet points. One thing I really think that Patrick has rocked with this is his final sentence, the Call to Action (CTA). It leaves a strong lasting impression and how can you NOT see it?
Steve Scott’s Learn Email Marketing Blueprint: Again, a well laid out description that highlights the right spots and makes it easy on the eyes. But my favorite part about his book description is the first paragraph. That paragraph shows up even before the person clicks “read more.” Basically, Steve has made it so that his most catching hook is highlighted, and featured right smack dab at the top of his sales page. Nice move.
So, now that you know what is allowed by Amazon, how to code HTML for book descriptions and a cool tool that is completely free that will do it for you, it’s time you get started in creating your book descriptions.
Once you’ve created a savvy looking book description, comment below with your book’s link, and I’ll check it out and respond.