Proofing for Kindle

9 March 2014

From Aaron Shepard’s Publishing Page:

If you’re publishing on Kindle, chances are you want your book to look good on it. But that may require a task not usually performed by Kindle authors: testing your ebook thoroughly.

No, it’s not always enough to check your Kindle book in Amazon’s online previewer—and even if you pay someone to convert it, they may miss a problem your readers won’t.

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Originally, the chief difficulty of formatting for the Kindle came from its substandard, deficient ebook format. Nowadays, the chief problem is that there is no one Kindle. There are several families of Kindle, both hardware and software, with a variety of members in each family, and more than one basic format spread across them.

Families include e-ink Kindles (Kindle, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle DX, Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite), tablets (Fire, Fire HD, Fire HDX), mobile apps (for iOS, Android, Windows 8, Blackberry), desktop apps (for PC and Mac), and even a “Cloud Reader” for browsers. The Kindle also has two completely different formats for its books: the older Mobipocket format (MOBI) and the newer Kindle Format 8 (KF8).

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The simplest and most direct methods of converting and previewing your book are provided on the site of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), where you’ll submit your book.

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You can even set up a book title you never intend to publish, and use it to test any book or to just experiment. At this writing, for example, the titles on my KDP Bookshelf include Test and Test 2. They allow me to test new versions of a book already published without disturbing the finished files I’ve submitted earlier or taking the chance I’ll release a draft by mistake.

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After conversion, Amazon KDP will also offer the option of downloading your book as well as a previewer to run on either Windows or Mac. Though not perfect, this Kindle Previewer provides the best possible look at your book without seeing it on actual Kindles. The Previewer can also be downloaded here:

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As valuable as the Kindle Previewer is for previewing, it has another, less-known capability worth almost as much: It can be used to convert your HTML file to a Kindle book! Amazon’s Kindle converter is built right into the Previewer. All you need do is open or drag in your HTML file, and the Previewer will handle the rest.

The conversion provided by the Previewer is not quite as good as the one you get at Amazon KDP. Specifically, it will be missing your cover, as well as menu items for the book’s “beginning” and table of contents. Still, combined converting and previewing in the Previewer lets you run quick and mostly accurate tests of formatting without the need to visit Amazon KDP and wait for processing.

Link to the rest at Aaron Shepard’s Publishing Page

$20 off Kindles today

4 March 2014

Amazon is discounting the Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite by $20 today.

PG uses his tablet every day, but prefers reading long-form fiction and non-fiction on a Kindle, which he also uses every day.

The Amazon Kindle Numbers That Jeff Bezos Must Really Care About

14 December 2013

From All Things D:

We all know that Amazon’s annual touting of its new Kindles as the best-selling Kindles ever has become laughable since the company doesn’t provide any sales figures to back up its claims.

But a recent analysis of survey data by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows that maybe, just maybe, there are other Kindle-related figures that are just as critical to Amazon, if not more so.

First, at a high level, CIRP estimates that 20.5 million Kindles — e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets combined — are currently in use in the U.S., and that 40 percent of’s customers own one of the devices.

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Based on its research and analysis, CIRP estimates that Kindle owners spend $1,233 per year on Amazon compared to $790 per year for Amazon shoppers who don’t own one of the company’s e-readers or tablets. Kindle owners aren’t necessarily buying more at a shot, but are buying more frequently.

“Another way to look at Kindle Fire and Kindle e-Reader is as a portal to,” CIRP’s Mike Levin said in a statement. “Kindle Fire provides access to everything Amazon sells, while Kindle e-Reader has become the way that Amazon customers buy books, Amazon’s original product line.”

Link to the rest at All Things D

Record Holiday Shopping Weekend for Kindle

4 December 2013

From the Amazon Media Room:

Amazon today announced that this holiday shopping weekend was the best ever for Kindle, with customers purchasing more Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers than ever before. Additionally, Kindle Fire HDX 7” and Kindle Fire HD were the best-selling items on this holiday shopping weekend.

“We’re excited that so many customers have chosen Kindle this holiday season—and it’s just getting started!” said Neil Lindsay, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Our new Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers are the best we’ve ever built, and we can’t wait for customers to unwrap their gifts this holiday.”

Link to the rest at Amazon Media Room

As many of you know, new Kindles tend to result in a big jump in post-Christmas ebook sales.

Kindle First—Exclusive Early Access to New Books

1 November 2013

From The Amazon Media Room:, Inc. today announced the launch of Kindle First (, a new program that offers customers access to Kindle books a month in advance of their official release date.

Here’s how Kindle First works:

  • Each month, Amazon Publishing editors select several titles from Kindle’s most popular categories a month ahead of their official publication date, adding a note of recommendation and a behind-the-scenes look at the stories and the authors.
  • Customers can choose one of the featured books each month for $1.99. Prime members can make their selection for free – adding yet another benefit of Prime membership.
  • Customers can receive a monthly email alerting them of new Kindle First selections. Signup is free and there is no purchase obligation.
  • Customers can visit the Kindle store on or their Kindle device to select their book. All Kindle First books become part of your permanent Kindle library and can be read on any Kindle device and Kindle free reading apps.

Link to the rest at Amazon Media Room

Kindle Most Popular Device For Ebooks, Beating Out iPad; Tablets On The Rise

31 October 2013

From Forbes Blogs:

More people who read ebooks own an Amazon Kindle dedicated e-reader than own an Apple  iPad — or any other device for that matter. As more people buy tablets and fewer buy e-readers, however, that fact is set to flip.

According to a new study from the Book Industry Study Group, nearly 40% of U.S. adults who have said they read ebooks own a Kindle e-reader, compared with about 27% who own an iPad.

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However, according to the data, about 8% of ebook readers intend to purchase an iPad, versus about 3% who intend to purchase a Kindle e-reader.

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This growth is a double-edged sword for publishers of ebooks. On one hand, more tablets in consumers’ hands means more e-reading devices in the marketplace. However, unlike dedicated ebook reading devices, which are mostly (if not only) built for ebooks, tablets are used for myriad other things, mostly media consumption aside from reading.

Link to the rest at Forbes Blogs

A Book Is Never Really Done

17 October 2013

From The New America Foundation

When I started writing my first book in 2003, I’d been blogging for more than three years. I’d learned the value of a conversation with my readers. Most importantly, I’d absorbed the obvious truth that they knew more than I did. So, with the permission of my publisher, I posted chapter drafts of We the Media on my blog. The result was a variety of comments and suggestions, some small and some major, that in the end helped me produce a much better book.

That experiment was an early stab at bringing the Internet’s widely collaborative potential to a process that had always been collaborative in its own way: authors working with editors. The notion of adding the audience to the process was, and remains, deeply appealing.

Why so? It wasn’t only the fantastic prepublication feedback that appealed to me. It was also the potential for thinking about a book as something that might evolve.

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The most famous Internet collaboration is the one almost everyone uses, at least as a reader: Wikipedia. Editing isn’t terribly difficult, though not nearly simple enough for true newbies. Even if it were, Wikipedia isn’t a book with an author’s voice—and isn’t meant to be. Yet it shows many of the ways forward, including the robust discussions in the background of the articles. Wikipedia articles are also living documents, changing and evolving over time. Could books be like that?

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The book world has already gone through major shifts in recent years, even if the biggest traditional publishers have tried to hold back the tide. We’re still early in this transition, perhaps the third inning if it’s a baseball game. When books can truly become living documents, it won’t be game over—it never is—but we’ll be in a much more interesting, and valuable, publishing ecosystem.

See the rest here.


If Self-Publishing is the new Wild Wild West, Who’s the Sheriff?

17 October 2013

Chris McCrudden on Publishing:

“I want to talk about self-publishing. In particular the self-published pornography that found its way on WH Smith’s website via the retailer’s partnership with Kobo, which was spotted by The Mail on Sunday and has since led to a virulent press and social media campaign against ‘vile trade’.”


“For me this episode highlights a fundamental tension within the eBook selling industry which is all about why being a platform is different to being a retailer. The success of platforms like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and Kobo’s Writing Life are quality neutral at the point of entry. They exist to scoop up a critical mass of content because they believe consumers want to deal with the platform with the biggest inventory.”

Read the rest here:  If Self-Publishing is the new Wild Wild West, Who’s the Sheriff?

Julia Barrett

Amazon cuts Kindle Fire price by £30, new models incoming

15 September 2013
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Amazon has dropped the price of its cheapest tablet by £30. The Kindle Fire will now set you back just £99, the company has said in an email to customers.

You know what this means: there’s new models a-coming. We’ve already seen leaked snaps of the next Kindle Fire HD, so Amazon could well be trying to clear stock ahead of the launch, which is expected before the end of this month.

The next 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD leaked this week, and apparently there’s an 8.9-inch version in the pipeline, too. The new models will look alike, with a new angular design. The 7-incher should have a resolution of 1,920×1,200 pixels — that’s the same as the new Nexus 7 – while the 8.9-incher should have 2,560×1,600 pixels.

Link to the rest at CNET UK

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