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.