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Pictures on Kindle: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Photos, Illustrations, or Other Graphics, or Tips on Formatting Your Images to Look Their Very Best (New Self Publishing) Kindle Edition

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"Far and away the best resource I know for self publishers who plan to include photos or other graphics in their Kindle books. From tips on taking photos, through sizing, optimizing, and placing, this book wastes no space in giving you exactly the information you need. Highly recommended." -- Joel Friedlander, TheBookDesigner.com
 
"A detailed, comprehensive guide to getting the best out of your images on Kindle. From taking photos, to scanning, to optimizing, Aaron covers every possible step in making sure your images display well in Kindle format. In addition, he provides very useful explanations of the Kindle's image handling, for those of us who like to understand the reasons behind the steps. I for one will be adding this to my list of reference materials." -- Jim Brown, JimandZetta.com (ebook services)
 
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CONTENTS
 
Beginning
 
1 ~ PICTURE BASICS
File Formats | Resolution | Color Mode | Color Space
 
2 ~ PICTURE SOURCES
Photography | Scanning
 
3 ~ PICTURE EDITING
Cleanup and Repair | Cropping | Contrast, Brightness, Tint | Sizing | Sharpening | Transparency | Lines and Letters
 
4 ~ PICTURE HANDLING
Positioning | Pictures in Word | Pictures in HTML | Fixed Format
 
5 ~ PICTURE PUBLISHING
Submitting and Previewing | Cover Images
 
Production FAQ 
 
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SAMPLE
 
To work with pictures, you'll need a photo editor like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel PaintShop Pro, Pixelmator, or Gimp. For Kindle-only publishing, Photoshop Elements should do fine. Besides having everything you're likely to need for Kindle pictures, it maintains the legendary quality of the Photoshop brand, is far less intimidating than its parent program, and is very reasonably priced. You can also find lots of help for it.
 
For publishing that includes print, Photoshop -- not Elements -- is no doubt the most capable program you can find. It now comes in two versions. Photoshop CC -- Creative Cloud -- is the current and most advanced version but is available only by subscription. Photoshop CS -- Creative Suite -- is the preceding version, still available for outright purchase. That is what I originally used for work on this book and is what I've most heavily featured in it.
 
When I talk about Photoshop without distinguishing the version, I'm talking about CS and Elements -- and usually CC as well, though notes on differences will have to wait for a future revision. Specific versions I discuss are Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop Elements 11. Though most of the screenshots here are taken from Photoshop CS, you'll usually find a similar dialog box in the Expert mode of Photoshop Elements.
 
By the way, don't be fooled about this book's coverage by the name Photoshop, or by it commonly being called a photo editor, or by my many example photos. This book is not just about photos, or even primarily so. Photoshop is the stalwart of graphic artists, art directors, illustrators, and photographers alike. The techniques I describe are ones I've learned from using it for everything from photos to illustrations for my own children's picture books. If photos make up the bulk of my examples, it's only because I'm no illustrator myself, while I can use my own photos without permission!
 
In writing this book, I've tried to assume that you know little or nothing about dealing with pictures. So, I start by explaining basic properties like format, resolution, and color mode, and then provide a basic course in picture editing. I also give tips on getting the best results from your camera or scanner.
 
Many of you will want to include pictures in Kindle books that you compose in Microsoft Word. That may well be the most treacherous program you could use for this purpose -- but I'll show you how to do it safely and keep Word from degrading your pictures. (To make sure I got it right, I composed this book in Word.)
 
Kindle books are built from HTML -- the common language of Web pages and ebooks -- along with its companion language, CSS. This code provides instructions that help define how pictures in your Kindle book are displayed. So, for those of you with suitable software, workflow, and skills, I'll also give tips on how to optimize your code for pictures on Kindle.
 
My focus here is on pictures used to illustrate a book with flowing text -- text that adjusts its layout to different screens and also to different font sizes, margins, or spacing chosen by the user. But Amazon offers another kind of book as well: fixed format. In this kind, each page has a static layout and is simply reduced or enlarged to fit the screen.
 
Though there are disadvantages to fixed format, it may in some ways be the better choice for books featuring pictures more than text. So, toward the end of this book, I discuss a couple of specialized programs you can use to produce Kindle books of this kind, including the Kindle Comic Creator. It's not just for comics!
 
Other topics of special interest include tables, screenshots, transparency, children's books, poetry, cover images, and how to submit your picture files to Amazon KDP.
 

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BOOKS ON PUBLISHING BY AARON SHEPARD
 
FROM WORD TO KINDLE: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Microsoft Word, or Tips on Designing and Formatting Your Text So Your Ebook Doesn't Look Horrible (Like Everyone Else's). Using Word to prepare a Kindle book isn't nearly as difficult as many will tell you, but it's also not as simple and straightforward as others claim. In this book, Aaron offers his own tips for creating attractive, professional text with reasonable effort. 
 
PICTURES ON KINDLE: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Photos, Paintings, Drawings, and Other Graphics, or Tips on Formatting Your Images So Your Ebook Doesn't Look Horrible (Like Everyone Else's). Almost everything you've read about formatting pictures for Kindle is wrong. Aaron brings his years of experience in book design, webmastering, and photography to bear on a single question: How do you make pictures look great on the Kindle?
 
HTML FIXES FOR KINDLE: Advanced Self Publishing for Kindle Books, or Tips on Tinkering with HTML from Microsoft Word or Anything Else So Your Ebook Looks as Good as It Possibly Can. Saving HTML from Word or another program can bring you maybe 80% of the way to a well-formatted ebook -- but what about the other 20%? Aaron provides the tips to bring your Kindle book to the next level.
 
THE BUSINESS OF WRITING FOR CHILDREN. Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children's author -- or even if you're well on your way -- this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books. Read "The Business of Writing for Children" to learn the secrets you might spend years discovering for yourself.
 
ADVENTURES IN WRITING FOR CHILDREN. Fifteen years after publishing "The Business of Writing for Children" -- Amazon.com's all-time bestseller among guides to children's writing -- Aaron returns with a new collection of articles on the art and business of creating literature for young people. Whether you're aiming at traditional publishers or choosing to self publish, let "Adventures in Writing for Children" help you pursue an adventure of your own. 
 
AIMING AT AMAZON: The NEW Business of Self Publishing, or How to Publish Your Books with Print on Demand and Online Book Marketing on Amazon.com. There has never been a self publishing manual like this. "Aiming at Amazon" is NOT about getting your book into bookstores. Instead, it lays out an innovative approach that targets sales on Amazon.com. It reveals how to make a book sell well online, with tips never before offered. And it doesn't stop there -- it gives you a way to publish your book that can greatly increase your profit per copy. Avoid publishing plans that handicap you almost before you begin. Let "Aiming at Amazon" introduce you to the NEW business of self publishing. 
 
POD FOR PROFIT: More on the NEW Business of Self Publishing, or How to Publish Your Books With Online Book Marketing and Print on Demand by Lightning Source. CreateSpace uses it. Lulu.com uses it. So do AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris, and almost every other self publishing company in the US, Canada, and the UK. Lightning Source is the printer and distributor at the heart of the "print on demand" industry. So, why pay a middleman? In this follow-up to his groundbreaking book "Aiming at Amazon," Aaron Shepard explores how to greatly increase your profit by working directly with Lightning. If you're serious about making money with POD publishing, this book can show you the way.
 
PERFECT PAGES: Self Publishing with Microsoft Word, or How to Design Your Own Book for Desktop Publishing and Print on Demand (Word 97-2003 for Windows, Word 2004 for Mac). Nowadays, new technologies and services have made it easier than ever to publish your book, but there's one question you may still face: Do I need an expensive page layout program, or can I just use a word processor like Microsoft Word? With this book as guide, you'll soon be producing pages from Word that no reviewer will scoff at.
 

Product Details

  • File Size: 8438 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Shepard Publications (April 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CYPKEN2
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Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of numerous children's books, as well as books on reader's theater, children's writing, and publishing. He lives with his wife and fellow author, Anne L. Watson, in Friday Harbor, Washington.

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Aaron Shepard does it again! He's always on the cutting edge with information for independent publishers, and this book is among his most technical.

That's the good news... and the bad news. "Most technical" means it'll make your brain hurt if you're new to computer graphics. Don't let that scare you. It also means that Aaron answers pretty much every question you'll have -- now or in the future -- as a book illustrator or cover designer.

I've been a graphic professional for decades, and became an independent publisher (of my own books and others') about three years ago. My husband is a pre-press professional. And, I've been using Adobe Photoshop since the mid-1990s. So, I'm pretty fluent in graphic terminology. Despite that, some of what Aaron talks about... I'm still not at that level of expertise.

It doesn't matter. I picked up enough "ah-HA!" tips to make this book worth the cover price, many times over. Plus that, I hope he'll publish this book in print. I'll buy it in a blink. I want to follow along... and write (by hand) notes in the margins as I work. I have a LOT to learn.

Meanwhile, I'm grateful to have Aaron's book it in Kindle format, right now. I needed this information for all of my books.

For me, there were at least a dozen surprises in this book. The biggest was his advice about Kindle cover dimensions. I can't believe that didn't occur to me. Really. Even in the KDP previewer, some key issues completely escaped my attention.

He also confirmed something I'd suspected about Kindle illustrations, in general. So, that's peace of mind. I'm doing this right. Whew!

However, he shared tips that had never crossed my mind, and I know they'll radically improve the quality of my Kindle books.
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Having read all of Aaron's previous books about indie publishing, I wasn't sure there would be much to add on the topic of illustrations for Kindle books. But it turns out there was quite a bit, and certainly enough to warrant a dedicated reference to help authors ensure that their images in Kindle books appear as intended.

The web is flooded with tutorials on this topic, but much of the material is confusing and contradictory. This handy reference is sure to be a time saver for authors who want to make sure their Kindle editions look professionally crafted, not amateurish.

There is a mountain of technical information conveyed in this volume, but it's delivered in a clear, easy-to-understand manner that even technophobes should be comfortable with.

As a self-publishing author myself, I know from experience that unclear images in Kindle editions are an all-too-frequent gripe from readers. "Pictures on Kindle" will help keep such problems to a minimum.
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Aaron...thanks for writing this. I have been answering MANY of the questions you answer in your book all too frequently. Now, I'll just refer people to it. The biggest question I get asked is formatting graphics inside Kindle. I am a stickler for a consistent and professional LOOK on the inside of a book.

Well, I know of people who SAY they know what they're doing regarding formatting and the use of images, but their sample finds them out. However, once I looked at your sample, I KNEW you got it. So, I posted it to my FB page, to my FB writer's group and sent the link to someone who I had just answered the formatting question.

But...you went much further with this.

Your insight regarding the use of Kindle Comic Creator was priceless. Thanks for giving REAL examples I could check out. I also like that you gave tips for both Mac and PCs.

So, even though I will probably still answer cursory graphic formatting questions, I will now have some place to point people to...and that is to your book.

Thanks for a great read. Anyone sitting on the fence about this book is insane. It is a steal at your current price and a no-brainer for any writer who puts graphics/images inside a book they're writing, which is to be read on Kindle.

By the way, I'm not new to graphics/web design. I have been doing graphics for web since the mid-1990s.
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No need to write a long review of this eBook so I'll just sum it up this way:

If you're using Word to prepare your manuscript for an eBook and you have images/photos or other graphics to be displayed within the contents, then you need this book by Aaron.
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Don't even try to create a Kindle book without reading this ebook. I have just downloaded "Self Publishing Your Kindle Book" and I find all the details needed to produce a quality Kindle edition directly from the MS Word document of your manuscript. Kindle does not retain all the features of page layout software so why not go directly to Kindle from your manuscript. Find the details here for optimum conversion of your text, photos, drawings, and other graphics. Fred Sias, Woodsmere Press, LLC
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I acquired this eBook after previewing my initial draft and discovering at my scanned images didn't look very good. Quite simply, Shepard's advice solved all the issues. I just wish I would have read this before attempting to do anything with images, as I basically had to redo everything.
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