The Tools for Publishing Your E-Books Online

This article will discuss the publishing tools that Amazon provides to e-book writers. The tools you will find here are offered and maintained by Amazon, which means you won’t experience any compatibility issues with your output and the Kindle platform.

The Tool for Writing Children‘s Books

Amazon has a tool called “Kid’s Book Creator”. This tool can help you add illustrations to your own children’s books. Here, you can use images that are in PNG, JPG, PDF, PPM, or TIFF formats.

Important Note: This tool has limited compatibility with the Japanese book format. Specifically, you have to use horizontal text for your e-books.

The main features of this tool are:

  • Add text and pages to converted PDFs.
  • Preview the book before publishing. You can check how your work will appear on different Kindle devices.
  • Insert images and PDF files to your children’s books.
  • Add cool tools (e.g. text pop-ups) that are completely compatible with Kindle devices.
  • Change the program’s language. Some of the languages that the tool supports are Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese and German.

The Tool for Writing Textbooks

Amazon offers Textbook Creator, a powerful tool that helps you convert PDFs into Kindle-compatible file formats. With this tool, you can convert the text and graphics present in your original files. If you want, you can also use the Textbook Creator to add music, videos and image popups to your files.

This tool is available for MAC and Windows computers.

The Tool for Formatting E-books

Make sure that your e-books have the right format. If a book has a flawed format, it will likely get negative reviews, poor sales performance, and removal from Amazon’s Kindle Store. The formatting that you should use depends on the file type of your e-book. Some file types don’t require extensive formatting. To format your e-books properly, you may download KindleGen from Amazon.com’s tool repository.

Basically, KindleGen generates e-books that are compatible with the Kindle platform. You need to run it through your computer’s command line. It is a powerful tool, which can convert ePub, XML, XHTML, and HTML files into Kindle e-books.

The latest version of this tool is called “v2.9”. It is compatible with Linux, Macintosh and Windows computers.

The Tool for Reading your Books

You surely want to read the books you published through the Kindle platform. Reading your work is necessary because it helps you know how your work appears on your customers’ devices. This task is easy if you have a Kindle-compatible device (e.g. an Android phone). If you don’t have such a device, however, you can just use your computer to peruse your work.

Amazon offers applications for reading Kindle e-books on Macintosh and Windows computers. These applications offer color modes, brightness controls and full-screen reading. That means you can review the appearance of your e-books thoroughly even without a Kindle device.

The Tool for Previewing E-books

You can use “Kindle Previewer” to find out how your work will appear on Kindle apps and devices. This powerful tool can help ensure the legibility of your work, regardless of the readers’ preferred font size or screen orientation. If you want to produce high quality books, use Kindle Previewer before publishing any e-book.

This tool is compatible with Mac and Windows computers.

How to Improve Your Computer Skills With Computer Books and Ebooks

Are you looking for a computer book to improve your computer programming skills or general IT knowledge?

A distinguishing mark of professionals is that they keep up-to-date with the newest ideas, techniques and developments in their field. If you are a computer professional you should read every computer book and computer eBook which can help you to improve your computer skills.

You can find good Computer Books and eBooks on the Internet. Some of them can be purchased online, whereas other ones are free and can be easily downloaded.

Purchasing Computer Books

There are many online Book stores, which sell Computer Books and Computer Ebooks and the most famous one is surely Amazon. They have search facilities which allow to find what you are looking for in a way that is surely easier and faster than searching in a main street bookstore.

You can select a category from a menu (e.g. Databases, Programming, Linux and Unix, AS/400) or use the search facilities to find Books or Software in your area of interest.

If you browse some computer book among the possible choices, you will normally find a good product description which often includes the table of contents and, in many cases, you will find also reviews submitted by people who have read the book. Often there is also an average customer review which can be useful to decide if the purchase is worthwhile.

If you decide to buy, you can easily add your choices to a shopping cart and pay online by using a Credit or Debit Card. The Books are usually delivered from the Online Bookstore pretty fast.

Free Programming E-Books

There are many good Computer Ebooks, often published in PDF format, with plenty of useful information.

Some of them are free downloadable Ebooks whereas other ones (especially computer tutorials) can read online.

Computer manufacturers, such as IBM, often allow to access an online library of their technical documentation and often provide good computer tutorials (visit for example the site Developer Works ).

An author which offers online many free downloadable ebooks is Bruce Eckel. His company provides public and private training and consulting services and he has decided to offer the FREE downloadable eBook version of many good Programming books, which are also sold in Book stores in the printed format.

Bruce Eckel has published over 150 articles and several computer books such as Thinking in Java (Prentice-Hall, 1998, 2nd Edition, 2000), the Hands-On Java Seminar CD ROM (available on his Mind View site and enclosed to the previous book), Thinking in C++>/b> (PH 1995; 2nd edition 2000), C++ Inside & Out (Osborne/McGraw-Hill 1993), among others.

He’s given hundreds of presentations throughout the world, published over 150 articles in numerous magazines, was a founding member of the ANSI/ISO C++committee, speaks regularly at conferences and is the C++ and Java track chair for the Software Development conference. He provides public and private seminars and design consulting in C++, Java and Python.

His books can be purchased in Book stores, but previous versions can also be easily downloaded as Ebooks and are surely very useful to Computer professionals.

Conclusion

If you want to improve your computer knowledge, try the Internet as a valid alternative to traditional Bookshops and Libraries.