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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.