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I published a kindle ebook!

 
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Kirbyrules



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:58 pm    Post subject: I published a kindle ebook! Reply with quote

Bloody hell it turned out to be harder than I thought it would. As a project, it got in the way got in the way of my regular strip, but I enjoyed doing it, learned some HTML and gave me some new ideas, so a good exercise.

Anyone else had a go? How did you get on?

Steve

Ps if you want to see my effort, its free on 18th April.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Cardigan-Loose-threads-ebook/dp/B00CD4TRIW/ref=zg_bs_362385031_f_6

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. Congrats on completing it.

How did you go about making it? Is it as simple as making a big pdf and converting to Kindle format?
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Kirbyrules



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I followed a kindle book called "Formatting Comics for the Kindle and Nook" and the writers provided a guide and downloadable template which is used to upload the comic. Not having any HTML skills, I did have some difficulties getting my pages into the template and I found that uploading to Kindle took a while. Kindle has released a free Comic Maker programme which should make life easier (I didnt spot it when I started work, darn it!).

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've made epub and mobi (kindle) versions of the first Black Flag Book.

It's pretty easy to do if you have any html/css experience.

Personally I used Sigil to make the epub, and then converted it to mobi(kindle) using Calibre. I also tried using Amazon's Kindle Preview to make the conversions, but you end up with a MUCH bigger file, even though I couldn't see see any difference whatsoever when reading it. No clue what that's about.

I was having trouble for a while with my little low-end Nook cutting the bottom off the pages. Someone somewhere made a complicated script that solves this, but it's actually easier to fix it using css. Just scale the height of the page images to 100%.

Unfortunately, it didn't do me any good to figure that out, because the resulting pages were too small to be read. Grump. Looked fine on the larger screen of my daughter's Kindle though.

I've got a free version of the first chapter available in both formats if anyone wants to take a look at the nitty gritty and attempt to emulate it.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:47 pm    Post subject: Re: I published a kindle ebook! Reply with quote

Kirbyrules wrote:
Bloody hell it turned out to be harder than I thought it would. As a project, it got in the way got in the way of my regular strip, but I enjoyed doing it, learned some HTML and gave me some new ideas, so a good exercise.

Anyone else had a go? How did you get on?


First off, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it is configured wrong. I downloaded it to my Kindle yesterday and I went in to have a look at it today. When I opened it up (on Kindle Fire HD, holding the kindle in portrait) the comic appears on its side, so I turned the kindle to make it landscape and the comic 'corrected itself' to remain on it's side. In other words it isn't possible to read it the right way up.

I have also spend a month figuring out how to do this. I have the first three Girls in Space stories collected together into a collection. My Kindle file appears to be working and ready to go.

Converting an ePub or a PDF wasn't a workable option for me. It seriously compromised the quality of the images as the Kindle Fire doesn't appear to anti-alias certain file formats correctly. Also, my understanding is that if you want it to appear in Amaon's lists you have to assign a unique identifier to the content document which a conversion process cannot do. The only way I was able to get a Fixed Format mobi file was to literally create an html file for each page and manually set up the rules in the content file.

I haven't uploaded the file to Amazon yet because I'm still trying to get my head around the terms and conditions of Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing and I don't want to cause myself any problems! Hopefully I'll have it up soon.
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Kirbyrules



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I'd set it as landscape and scaled the pages to make them easily readable on a Kindle, which has the smallest screen. This wasn't a problem I'd expected.

Back to the drawing board to rework as portrait and reload.

Something else I've learned!

Cheers

Steve
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Kirbyrules



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fixed the problem by working through Kindle Comic Creator. Link is below.

Steve

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1001103761
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