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writerbn

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Re: Kindle Create - Amazon's new Word to Kindle tool
Posted: Apr 7, 2017 4:34 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
It would be great if this proved to be an option for Mac users, who otherwise seem to have a struggle coping with KDP publishing (a struggle that seems to get harder as time goes on!).
Some of us do just fine with uploading validated ePub files to KDP :)
man2010

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Posted: Apr 7, 2017 7:53 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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I have Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. Probably my test file fails because it contains Russian text; I am reluctant to do any more testing.
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Posted: Apr 7, 2017 10:01 AM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
 
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Amazon has Kindle Kids' Book Creator to simplify the publishing process for illustrated children's books, Kindle Textbook Creator to simplify the publishing process for textbooks, and Kindle Comic Creator for comic books.
What has been missing is a simplified publishing process for novels and for nonfiction books with mostly text. To me, Kindle Create is intended to fill this void.
For a typical novel, Kindle Create seems to be a good fit for new authors, inexperienced e-book formatters, and authors who are intimidated by Word's paragraph styles and e-book formatting.
As the book grows more complex, the current version of Kindle Create has limitations (even with something simple like bullet points, and there are virtually no image options).
I was wondering how it would deal with special characters. If your error message is triggered by Russian characters, maybe that's my answer.
I plan to run a few more tests. I was fortunately able to get my .docx files to load. I don't plan to publish any books with this tool, but I remain curious about how well it will work and I'm still assessing how well it will serve new or inexperienced authors.
Thank you for sharing your feedback. :-)
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Re: Kindle Create - Amazon's new Word to Kindle tool
Posted: Apr 7, 2017 11:29 AM   in response to: extradimensions in response to: extradimensions
 
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I plan to run a few more tests. I was fortunately able to get my .docx files to load. I don't plan to publish any books with this tool, but I remain curious about how well it will work and I'm still assessing how well it will serve new or inexperienced authors.

Thank you, Extra D! I look forward to what you find.

Thank you for sharing your feedback

Indeed. I wish both of you would post here more often.

Good luck! -- NJ

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man2010

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Posted: Apr 7, 2017 6:39 PM   in response to: extradimensions in response to: extradimensions
 
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@extrad You're welcome. I am sure that a year from now this app will be pretty good.

@NJ thanks, man. I will.
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Re: Kindle Create - Amazon's new Word to Kindle tool
Posted: Apr 7, 2017 8:06 PM   in response to: extradimensions in response to: extradimensions
 
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man2010...I think that if you import your Russian ebook into KC as a pdf then it would work. All the pdf pages would be turned into page images so you wont have problems with things like accommodating Russian charsets and the like. Perhaps not the ideal solution but it is an option with KC.

ED said:
For a typical novel, Kindle Create seems to be a good fit for new authors, inexperienced e-book formatters, and authors who are intimidated by Word's paragraph styles and e-book formatting.

Completely agree. But probably best to wait a while to see what people post as problems for Kindle Create on this forum before making any final judgements.

ED said:
As the book grows more complex, the current version of Kindle Create has limitations (even with something simple like bullet points, and there are virtually no image options).

I think that if you just properly add your ebook images and lists into your Word doc and import that into KC there won't be a problem. You can also do exactly the same in OO or LO, export as a Word doc and use that in KC. If you prefer, you can also import a pdf doc into KC and then you will be able to insert ebook images into KC using Edit > Insert > Picture from File. Don't forget that KC has different capabilities depending on whether you start with a Word doc or pdf doc.

ED: said:
I was wondering how it would deal with special characters.

Shouldn't really effect it at all because special characters are always derived from fonts and not language charsets.

Why not try my new and free Sigil plugin now available on MobileRead?

OpenDocHTMLImport

This plugin gives a full OpenDoc HTML(Writer) conversion to epub format.

man2010

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Re: Kindle Create - Amazon's new Word to Kindle tool
Posted: Apr 8, 2017 4:16 AM   in response to: William Thompson in response to: William Thompson
 
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man2010...I think that if you import your Russian ebook into KC as a pdf then it would work. All the pdf pages would be turned into page images so you wont have problems with things like accommodating Russian charsets and the like. Perhaps not the ideal solution but it is an option with KC.

Yes, this approach works.
Artur Y. Akkerman

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Re: Kindle Create - Amazon's new Word to Kindle tool
Posted: Apr 8, 2017 11:13 AM   in response to: extradimensions in response to: extradimensions
 
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Where do I find Kindle Create? Thanks
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Posted: Apr 8, 2017 1:00 PM   in response to: Artur Y. Akkerman in response to: Artur Y. Akkerman
 
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You should see a link in the very first post in this thread. If you click that link, it should take you to Amazon KDP's Kindle Create page, and you should be able to download this free app there.
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Posted: Apr 10, 2017 11:12 PM   in response to: Artur Y. Akkerman in response to: Artur Y. Akkerman
 
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Do a Google search on "Kindle Create (Beta)" and download it from there.
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Re: Kindle Create - Amazon's new Word to Kindle tool
Posted: Apr 12, 2017 1:40 PM   in response to: extradimensions in response to: extradimensions
 
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Has anyone tried publishing a book using this tool?

I am curious to see how the final result looks.
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Posted: Apr 13, 2017 3:55 AM   in response to: John R. Howell in response to: John R. Howell
 
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I've run a couple of *.docx books through it. The first one failed; the second one worked. Superficially it looked very good, especially when I found that I could opt for a "classical" look and get a serif'ed chapter title. However, the TOC didn't make it through the conversion, and I found it hard to tweak the chapter titles so that they looked good on the page, so I abandoned the attempt until I have some time on my hands.

It certainly looks more promising than Amazon's longstanding advice to save the Word doc as html and upload that, as if uploading html would somehow improve the formatting.

(The book that failed didn't contain any Russian, but it did have other languages, including French and transliterated Japanese.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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