We’re pleased to announce a wide range of new features and enhancements – including HTML5 support – coming in Kindle Format 8 (KF8). KF8 is the next generation file format for Kindle books – replacing Mobi 7. As showcased on Kindle Fire, KF8 enables publishers to create great-looking books in categories that require rich formatting and design such as children’s picture books, comics & graphic novels, technical & engineering books and cookbooks. Kindle Format 8 replaces the Mobi format and adds over 150 new formatting capabilities, including fixed layouts, nested tables, callouts, sidebars and Scalable Vector Graphics, opening up more opportunities to create Kindle books that readers will love.
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Q: What are the new capabilities that are supported? Where can I read a list of all the new capabilities?
A: KF8 has over 150 new formatting capabilities including support for HTML5 and CSS3. This includes embedded fonts, drop caps and CSS selectors such as line spacing, alignment, justification, margin, color, style and border.
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Q: Will KF8 capabilities be available on all Kindle devices?
A: Kindle Fire is the first Kindle device to support KF8 – in the coming months we will roll out KF8 to our latest generation Kindle e-ink devices as well as our free Kindle reading apps.
Q: Will my existing Mobi files still work on Kindle e-ink devices and apps?
A: Yes. All currently supported content will continue to work. Information on how to update your existing titles to take advantage of new capabilities in KF8 will be in the new Kindle Publishing Guidelines, available soon.
Link to the rest at Amazon
Here’s an Egyptian web designer’s portfolio showing some of the basic visual things you can do with HTML5. Roll over various parts of the portfolio front page and click through - Ahmad Ali
PG doesn’t claim to be an expert on HTML5, but he suggests that Amazon’s examples, while legitimate, don’t represent what some really creative people will develop. This is just one more technology that will change what books can be.
For example, can you have a book with only one page? Seth Godin thinks so. He just published a one-page book.
Referencing back to Kris Rusch’s essay (scroll down to the previous post), traditional publishing will never be able to pull this off. Indie authors, working alone or in small creative teams, will rock and roll with it.
And don’t be a geezer, thinking you can’t learn how to use new tools.