Optimum Maximum Image Size For The Kindle:
The largest your image should be, in order to not get cut off and not cause formatting issues is: 6.25″ wide x 8.33″ tall, and that is if you would like it to be on a full page with nothing else on that page.
How To Identify Your Image Size In Microsoft Word:
Remember, you can’t tell if your image will be too large for the Kindle screen just by viewing it on the Word page, you need to know the image dimensions to be sure. There are various ways to get (and change) your image dimensions outside of Word, and I’ve covered them in previous blog posts, so in this example, I will show you how to identify and change the image size right from within our Kindle Template for Word.
To identify the size of an image, right click on that image and select “format picture”. That loads the image formatting section which will look similar to this:
It’s important to select the right tab so at the top of the “Format Picture” area, make sure to click on the tab that says “Size”. In the example above, the image I selected took up less than a full page in Microsoft Word so it looked “right”, but in looking at the image dimensions, I see it’s 6.93″ wide x 9.24″ tall. If we were to publish this book on the Kindle with this image at that size, it would be cut off, show up on multiple pages, and mess up the formatting of our book. Of course we don’t want that do we?
How To Re-Size Kindle Images In Word:
Now that we know our image size, and that it’s too large for the Kindle, we need to size it down. If you want it to be on the full screen of the Kindle, you can have the maximum size be 6.25″ wide x 8.33″ tall. If you have other text on the page or you would just like the image smaller, you can size it as small as you would like, just don’t go larger than that.
Here is how to re-size the image:
Looking at the image above, all I needed to do was to adjust the height down to 48% (the 1st red arrow) and because I made sure that the “Lock aspect ratio” was checked, which I recommend, the width automatically adjusted as well. Locking the aspect ratio will ensure that your picture will look right when you size it down.
Looking at the yellow circle in the image above, you can see that I was able to size the image down to 6.25″ x 8.33″ which will look and format perfectly on the Kindle. Remember, you don’t need to have full page images on the Kindle, you can size your images much smaller as well.
Once you have re-sized your image, just click “OK” and you are all set.
If you would like to watch this done on video, I did a screencast that you can watch below: