Let’s allow our minds to go drifting down that dusty road to years past when Kindle and CreateSpace worked together. One need only create a paperback book at CreateSpace, click a few buttons and allow Kindle to transform that paperback into an eBook.
Many writers took advantage of that, and the eBooks created by this ‘transformation machine’ did a decent job.
However, the control freak in me couldn’t relinquish control of such an import factor in my life, so I manually created each eBook I published.
Things have changed, and so has Kindle KDP/Amazon. Gone is CreateSpace and its clunky transformation machine. Now we have KDP Print and Kindle Create.
Up until this week, I was still creating eBooks manually. However, I had yet to master the inclusion of images to an acceptable degree. Also, I’m always looking for ways to improve my skill and create better books, including eBooks. So I did a little research, watched a video on Kindle Create and gave it a try.
Not bad. The program is limited but if I take care of the basic formatting in MS Word, the eBook comes out looking pretty darn good. I am able to tweak the formatting in the program to improve the overall appearance. And the program allows me to include images that don’t bounce around or change into something unrecognizable. Bonus!
I think part of the reason the images in my files had looked and acted horrible is they weren’t all JPEGs. Some had been PNG. The need for JPEGs is made clear in Kindle Create.
The first eBook I’ve created with this program is Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove. To my shock, I had never published it on Amazon. Anyone who’s followed this blog for any length of time knows I have two pen names: one for my adult fiction and one for my children’s fiction. I never wanted a ten-year-old to see my name and think, “I want to read that book” when that book might be A December Knight. No, that would not be good.
Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove was the very first book I ever published. I created the paperback at an obsolete printer in 2010 named Blurb. It started me on this crazy self-publishing journey. It’s only fitting that I’d test drive Kindle Create and Kindle Hardcover with it.
To be honest, Kindle Create was easy to use. I recommend it. While it’s not perfect, it’s an improvement over my old eBook formatting.
Take a look inside Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove at Amazon to see how Kindle Create creates an eBook.
I’m waiting for the hardcover version to be approved. Then I’ll order a copy to see what it looks like in my hand. I’ll do an update when it arrives.
I’ve used a few other eBook formatting programs, such as Calibre, but they weren’t very good. Kindle Create beats them hands down.