Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What is Kindle Textbook Creator?
A1: Kindle Textbook Creator is a free software application that makes it fast and easy to convert PDFs of textbooks, course notes, study guides, and other educational material into Kindle books. Kindle Textbook Creator is designed for educational content that is graphically rich with complex content such as large images, graphs, charts and equations. With Kindle Textbook Creator, you can enhance your book with audio, video, and image pop-ups and preview how your book appears on a range of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps. Kindle Textbook Creator is available for Mac and Windows PC.
Q2: Which devices support books created with Kindle Textbook Creator?
A2: Books created with Kindle Textbook Creator can be read on Fire tablets and free Kindle reading apps for iPad, iPhone, Android phones, Android tablets, PC and Mac. Interactive features like audio, video, hyperlinks and image pop-ups are currently available only on 3rd generation or newer Fire tablets and on free Kindle reading apps for Android phones and Android tablets. These interactive features are not available on free Kindle reading apps for iPad and iPhone. Books created with Kindle Textbook Creator are not made available on Kindle eInk readers.
Q3: When I create a book using Kindle Textbook Creator, how will I know which devices currently support interactive features?
A3: Kindle Textbook Creator includes a preview mode that shows authors which interactive features are supported on specific devices. For example, currently authors are only able to preview interactive content (e.g., audio, video, image pop-ups) for the Fire tablet reading experience because only Fire tablets currently support the Kindle Textbook Creator’s interactive features.
Q4: Can I preview my book before I publish it?
A4: Yes. Amazon provides a number of options for previewing your books. Kindle Textbook Creator includes a built-in previewer that allows you to see how your book will appear on supported Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps. In the Kindle Textbook Creator previewer, you will be able to view your book’s text as well as how interactive content (e.g., audio, video, and image pop-ups) will appear to readers. You can also preview your book after uploading it to Kindle Direct Publishing
using their online previewer; however, you will not be able to view interactive content with the KDP preview feature.
Q5: Will I have to update my book when Amazon expands support for Kindle Textbook Creator’s interactive features on additional devices?
A5: No. When Amazon adds interactive feature support to additional free Kindle reading apps for (e.g., Kindle for iPad, etc.), the interactive features included in your books will automatically become available to customers using those reading apps.
Q6: Beyond audio, video, images, what other interactive features can I add to my books with Kindle Textbook Creator?
A6:We will increase our support for additional interactive features in the future. In the meantime, if you have suggestions for a specific type of content you’d like us to consider supporting, please share your thoughts here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q7: Does Kindle Textbook Creator automatically save my files as I’m creating a book?
A7: Not at this time. Please save your work frequently just as you would do with any other content authoring application.
Q8: Is Kindle Textbook Creator only for education?
A8: No. While Kindle Textbook Creator was designed with educational books in mind, authors can use it for any genre they feel might benefit from added interactivity. For example, Kindle Textbook Creator could be used by a cookbook author to demonstrate a recipe in a video, a musician to provide an audio sample in a music book, or a travel guide author to add maps and graphics that can be viewed in image pop-ups.
Q9: How do I get started creating books with Kindle Textbook Creator?
A9: First, download and install Kindle Textbook Creator on your computer. Import one or more PDF files, add interactive features (i.e., audio, video, and image files) using the application toolbar, and preview the results. Once you’re satisfied with the results, you can export your book and upload it to Kindle Direct Publishing
to distribute it on the Amazon store.
Q10: If I have an existing book that I published through Kindle Direct Publishing, can I update that book with a version created with Kindle Textbook Creator?
A10: If the first version of the book you want to update was created with Kindle Textbook Creator, you can update that book on Kindle Direct Publishing. However, if the book you want to update was not originally created using Kindle Textbook Creator, you will need to create a new book in your bookshelf on Kindle Direct Publishing and submit that book as a new title.
Q11: What file format does my book, or course material, need to be in to use Kindle Textbook Creator?
A11: Kindle Textbook Creator supports PDF (.pdf) files as the source format for the pages of your book. You can enhance your book by adding audio files in MP3 (.mp3) and video files in MPEG-4 (.mp4).
Q12: : I am not sure what format my audio or video is in. How do I find out?
A12: On a Mac, find your audio/video file in “Finder” and then right click on the file and select “Get Info” from the menu that appears. You will see a pop-up box. From there, you can view the format of audio/video file under “General,” and you can find more details about the audio/video file under “More Info.”
On a Windows PC, find your audio/video file in “Windows Explorer” and then right click on the file and select “Properties” from the menu that appears. You will see a pop-up box. From there, you can view the format of audio/video file under Type of File, and you can find more details about the audio/video file under “Detail Tab.
Q13: What video formats does Kindle Textbook Creator support?
A13: Kindle Textbook Creator supports mp4 video files.
Q14: What audio formats does Kindle Textbook Creator support?
A14: Kindle Textbook Creator supports mp3 audio files.
Q15: What file format do my images need to be in to create an image pop-up?
A15: Kindle Textbook Creator supports the import of jpeg and png for the creation of image pop-ups.
Q16: Can I use Kindle Textbook Creator if I created my book using a different authoring tool?
A16: Yes. Many word processing and design tools will frequently allow you to export PDF files that can be imported into Kindle Textbook Creator to create your Kindle book.
Q17: Can I create a book using Kindle Textbook Creator if I don’t have a PDF file?
A17: No. Kindle Textbook Creator requires a PDF file as the starting point for your Kindle book.
Q18: Can I sell books I create using Kindle Textbook Creator outside of the Kindle store?
Q19: Can I distribute free books I create with Kindle Textbook Creator outside of Amazon?
Q20: Amazon provides software applications for creating comics, kids’ books, and now textbooks. Which tool is right for me?
A20: Each Kindle authoring application lets you add unique reading features that are optimized for each book category. We recommend choosing the tool that best lets you add the reading features that most closely match the reading experience you want to create for your readers. For example, if your book consists of a series of panels or frames that contain illustrations then we recommend using Kindle Comic Creator to add panel views that make it easier for readers to navigate each illustrated panel within your book. If you are creating a kids’ book with text pop-up, we recommend using Kindle Kids’ Book Creator.
Q21: Should I use Kindle Textbook Creator if my textbook is primarily text-based?
A21: No. If your textbook is primarily text based, prepare your manuscript using Microsoft Word or a similar program. When you upload your text document to Kindle Direct Publishing, your book will automatically be converted into a Kindle book.
Q22: Should I use this tool if I bought services to illustrate and layout my book?
A22: Yes. If the service you hired provided you with a PDF, then Kindle Textbook Creator will allow you to quickly convert your PDF into a Kindle book.
Q23: Can I do bulk conversion to Kindle books using Kindle Textbook Creator?
A23: No. Kindle Textbook Creator is designed to help authors and publishers in converting their PDFs to Kindle books one at a time.
Q24: How can I learn more about publishing my book on Kindle?
A24:To learn more about publishing on Kindle, please visit kdp.amazon.com
Q25: Where can I sell books that I create with Kindle Textbook Creator?
Q26: Will books I create with Kindle Textbook Creator be compatible with Audible.com immersive reading?
A26: No. Kindle Textbook Creator books are not compatible with Audible.com immersive reading at this time.
Q27: How can I provide feedback on Kindle Textbook Creator?
Q28: Does the downloadable Kindle Previewer support the preview of books created with Kindle Textbook Creator?
A28: No. The downloadable Kindle Previewer currently does not support the preview of books created with Kindle Textbook Creator. However, there is a previewer built into Kindle Textbook Creator that will allow you to preview your book.
Q29: Why does the KDP online preview look different than what I see on a device?
A29: As with most previewers, the Kindle Online Previewer provides a very close approximation to how your book will look on a device. However, differences between screen sizes and screen resolution between computers and device can result in small discrepancies in image resolution.
Q30: Is there a file size limit for books when using Kindle Textbook Creator?
A30: Yes. 650MB. If you find yourself over the file size limit, consider reducing some of the interactive features in the book. As an alternative, or in addition, you should considering going back to the original software applications you used to create your PDF exporting another version at a lower resolution.
Q31: How will customers know that my book has interactive content?
A31: If your book includes audio, video, or image pop-ups, you book will automatically be identified as a “Kindle Interactive Edition” on the book’s detail page.
Q32: Will “Look Inside” preview work for the books I create with Kindle Textbook Creator?
A32: The “Look Inside” feature is not available for books created with Kindle Textbook Creator at this time. However, customers can still preview your book by sending a sample to their devices.
Q33: What are the recommended hardware requirements for Kindle Textbook Creator?
A33: For both Mac and PC, we recommend the computer you use to run Kindle Textbook Creator meets or exceeds the following requirements:
• Processor: 1.2 GHz or faster
• RAM: Minimum 2 GB; Recommended 4 GB;
• Hard Disk Drive (HDD): Minimum 500 MB;
• Display: 1280 X 720 and above
Q34: I have an older Mac operating system, will Kindle Textbook Creator still work for me?
A34: We are not able to test Kindle Textbook Creator on any Mac OS version older than Mac OS 10.9. While we don’t block the installation onto older Mac versions, we will be unable to resolve any issues you may find as you work with Kindle Textbook Creator. We recommend upgrading your Mac OS to meet current OS requirements.
Q35: How can I preserve the hyperlinks that I’ve included in my book?
A35: To enable bookmarks into hyperlinks we need to preserve these links. Please follow these steps to preserve internal and external hyperlinks in your book.
• Open your book in Kindle Textbook Creator tool.
• Go to Edit > Preserve Links.
The tool now enables all the links present in your book. Hyperlinks are only supported on 3rd generation or newer Fire Tablets and in the Kindle for Android Reading App.
Please note Online Previewer will not preview interactive elements or Table of Contents.
To review hyperlinks or other interactive content, preview the book in the embedded Previewer included with Kindle Textbook Creator or use Kindle Previewer 3.
You can download Kindle Previewer 3 from here
You can download the user guide from here
Q36: How to remove orange color in hyperlink when links are preserved?
A36: It is an expected behavior that, hyperlinks will be underlined orange so that it will be easy for the readers to differentiate it from the normal content.
If you would like to disable this feature, your hyperlinks will not work as they will not get preserved as links in the book.
To disable the links, upload your PDF to Kindle Textbook Creator and do not preserve the links (when the option is prompted) and save for publishing.
Q37: How to preview Table of Contents (ToC) in Online Previewer?
A37: Online previewer does not support the preview of interactive elements or Table of Contents from KTC created books.
In order to preview interactive elements and ToC, you can use the embedded previewer in Kindle Textbook Creator or use Kindle Previewer 3
You can download Kindle Previewer 3 from here
You can download the user guide from here