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Ann L. Taylor

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My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 7:29 PM
 
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Hello to all,
My book is 60 MB in Word. It has 23 chapters. Each chapter is a Word file. I uploaded each chapter, but only the last chapter shows up. Was I writing over the previous file? How does one download a 23 chapter book? Tom Taylor
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Re: My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 7:42 PM   in response to: Ann L. Taylor in response to: Ann L. Taylor
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You put all the chapters and any meta data you choose to include in one file and download - no problem.
Give it a try. B
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Re: My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 7:59 PM   in response to: Ann L. Taylor in response to: Ann L. Taylor
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Yes, you were overwriting each chapter as you uploaded (not downloaded) the next. As BG says, combine all your chapters into one file and upload that.

60 MB seems very large. Usually a text-only book, even hundreds of pages long, is one MB or so. Do you have a lot of images? It's possible it's just too big. For an ebook, you can reduce the dpi of the images down to 72 dpi, which will look fine on the screen and use a lot less space. A large book will have very large delivery charges. I seem to recall 30 MB being the maximum, though KDP's conversion process can shrink a file.
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Re: My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:23 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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Thank you. I thought so. I am new at this, but I have a fine book, Maybe Amazon is not the right place for it. Tom
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Re: My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:24 PM   in response to: Ann L. Taylor in response to: Ann L. Taylor
 
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My book has 1,140 images and 50,000 words. I see that if I only take 35% royalty that they pay for delivery costs. I didn't know about delivery costs, or I probably would have not bothered Amazon. 15¢ a MB is way too much—$9.00 per delivery.

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Re: My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:30 PM   in response to: beachgardener in response to: beachgardener
 
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Do I click on the file folder that holds the 23 chapters or do I have to make a 550 page single word document? Thanks, Tom
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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:31 PM   in response to: Ann L. Taylor in response to: Ann L. Taylor
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Okay 1140 images explains this. Maybe you don't want to do an ebook at all. Something this large, even if KDP takes it, will download very slowly to readers, and will have high delivery charges. You will have to accept 35% royalties rather than 70% in order not to pay ruinous delivery fees. If it's too big for Amazon KDP, it will be too big for other e-tailers.

Maybe you'd do better with a print book, though you'd have to do your images in b&w to avoid extremely high color charges. Check out CreateSpace, an Amazon-owned print-on-demand company. Good luck!
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Re: My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:34 PM   in response to: Ann L. Taylor in response to: Ann L. Taylor
 
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You have to make a single file that has your complete text, and "insert" each of the images where it goes (rather than copy & paste). You could just try uploading that directly, or you could save-as html. In that case, the images would migrate to a new file of their own, which you would have to "zip" together with the text file, and upload the zipped file. Get Amazon's free book, "Building your Book for Kindle." This explains things.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:45 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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Thank you. I barked up the wrong tree with Amazon. Tom Taylor
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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:46 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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Thank you. I think I will abandon Amazon. I don't understand. Tom Taylor

Give me an email address, and I will send you a sample. Maybe you have an idea of someone who would like to publish this book. Tom

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Re: My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 9:10 PM   in response to: Ann L. Taylor in response to: Ann L. Taylor
 
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Afraid you are way beyond possible with so many photos. A single file with the entire book content is what is required. I do large books, no pictures. I suppose you could break it into several "books" and present it as a series? But check out the recommendations of those who do use photos.
Good luck. B
Ann L. Taylor

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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 9:59 PM   in response to: beachgardener in response to: beachgardener
 
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Thanks to both of you. I offer it now on a thumb or flash drive. It is perfect for use with a tablet on an airplane, on a campout, a boat, or other place where no Wi-Fi is available. I appreciate your help. Tom Taylor
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Re: My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 8:53 AM   in response to: Ann L. Taylor in response to: Ann L. Taylor
 
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You can certainly offer it that way but I doubt it will sell. I would suggest uploading it to Amazon in the most optimized form possible (probably fixed format) and taking whichever deal is best. If the ebook is too unwieldy, offer it as a paperback. Amazon is where the customers are and no customers = no sales.
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Re: My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 14, 2017 1:43 PM   in response to: Ann L. Taylor in response to: Ann L. Taylor
 
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There are programs that will 'shrink' the file size of both the images and then the final file. Just do a Google search.
That being said, the other posters are 100% correct that it will still take too long for readers to download.
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Re: My book is large - can Kindle handle it? 23 chapters, 60 MB
Posted: Sep 15, 2017 7:27 AM   in response to: Angela in response to: Angela
 
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I think a fixed format version would not be too difficult to download. A little tricky to read on some devices, but you have to give up something.
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