Ebook Development

Programming and designing, sideloading, file formats, QA, repair, covers.

Using Amazon’s Kindle Kids’ Book Creator (and a Work-Around for 1 Shortcoming)

The Kindle Kid’s Book Creator (KKBC) is a new free tool from Amazon that allows anyone to create children’s illustrated eBooks. Why is this significant? Because books in this category—think Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Green Eggs and Ham—are more challenging and expensive to program than standard text-based narrative eBooks. Regular eBooks, also called …

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Sideloading Large Kindle Mobi Files Using iTunes When Files are Too Big to Email

One of our specialties is programming complex eBooks and that can often mean that the final file can be quite large (here’s why*). If you are uploading the files into the stores then as long as the file size meets the requirements of the store, a large file won’t be a problem. But what happens …

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Fixed Format eBook Presentation-Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

This past weekend the San Diego chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators held a symposium titled Self-Publishing: How it Works and I was one of five panelists. I focused my presentation on what I consider to be the key differences between traditional, i.e. reflowable, eBooks and publishing eBooks for children. I’ve …

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Sideloading Mobi Files: Installing Kindle eBooks When You Don’t Buy from Amazon

Reading an Amazon Kindle Mobi eBook file is like reading a PDF, all you need is the free reading software designed for your device or app. But for many people the challenge isn’t finding the free software (click here for that), it’s how to get the darn eBook file onto your device! The most popular …

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