Formatting of Children's Books and Comics for the Kindle Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : November 13, 2012
- File size : 1114 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Publisher : KDP (November 13, 2012)
- Print length : 79 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B00A79U5NG
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #905,606 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Even though I am giving it 4 stars because it provided me a lot of useful information there were a number of things in the book that detracted from the goodness:
(1) foot notes are written in tiny font (and italic font to make things even harder to read) on dark gray background and I had very hard time reading them due to poor contrast and the smallness of the italic font.
(2) the book repeats a number of thoughts many times
Ali Julia review
If you follow the method Spender proposes you get what you need.
I tried Scrivener that it is an excellent writers tool but not good enough for comic fixed layout books. It embeds your full page graphics in text pages where you can't eliminate the margins. On its side, the free templates of Spender puts your full page graphics as background images that show beautifully in the Kindle devices included the Kindle apps.
And last but not least with Scrivener I got a File of the two first parts of my book in a 25.5 MB file and the one I got with the Spender method and templates was 3.5 MB. Amazing! to say the least.
On the other side Kindle Comic Creator, that also show your graphics full size and is very easy to use, does not have the ability to create Table of Contents (TOC) in a simple and efficient way and when you try to search for something in your book the app crashes.
So, the Spender method is the best until now and It will be difficult to surpass.
I just suggest some changes to the templates: to give a nice format to the TOCs and be able to have them in most than one page. Of course if you know HTML and CSS you can modificate the templates by yourself but it is not so easy and requires good knowledge and practice os such languages.
Thanks Charles Spender for your generosity and efficient work, you save my life as fixed layout books pretending author and I will have my book in the Kindle store sooner and better than I expected.
You can also have panel magnification on a comic book page, if you want it.
In the book, you'll also find links to the free software you need to edit your templates and illustrations.
I want to thank Charles Spender for creating this book.
Note: If you read the book on your computer browser in the Cloud Reader, you can click the links and download the templates directly to your computer. I don't know how you would download the templates to your Kindle and then transfer to your computer without a lot of extra effort.
Update, November 22, 2012: Customizing the downloaded templates was easy. Instructions in the book are very clear. Don't let the fear of html code stop you from creating your book. I believe anyone can.
This concise book takes you through all the steps needed to convert your jpegs into a fixed-layout kids' book .mobi file for the Kindle (I had the story text already screencaptured on the jpegs and used the simplest template). You do not need to be afraid of HTML or CSS because the author provides free templates and instructions for how to edit them to fit your book. If you follow his steps you won't have to deal with any other EPUB instructions or software.
Spender provides very understandable instructions for resizing jpegs using a free graphics program. I could not have done this quickly (or maybe at all) without his instructions.
It's worth repeating: All Spender's instructions are very clear.
What worked for me was to have Spender's book open on my daughter's iPad (using the Kindle for iPad app) while I resized the jpegs and edited templates on my laptop. (I downloaded Spender's free fixed-layout templates from the KDP forum. Spender lists the link above in his "Book Description." Look for FormattingChildren'sBooksandComics.zip on that page of the forum. You can also download the templates from within the e-book.)
If you have a book with a lot of rich images (I had 34 jpegs in the 600KB range, and a total compiled book size of about 20 MB), the Whispernet delivery fees will push you toward the 30% royalty rate.
Top reviews from other countries
Very useful with a checklist.
I have to admit I thought this was a children's story because of the cover ha ha ha