Hey lovely people,
I am a travel book writer and I like to offer my books also on Amazon. Is it possible to create E-Books with many pics on KDP? What tool you recommend? Is it true that its not worth it because Amazon charge you a lot if you offer many pics? Of better just copy the text and make a very low version of the book with no pics?
I am really thankful for your support!
Yes, it's possible.
Each one of my books contains more than 80 illustrations. Books are less than three magabytes. You need to learn how to optimize images with tools like Photoshop, Photopaint, PaintShop Pro or Gimp. If you can, use GIF format. Filesize is lower than JPEG.
GIF is hopeless for photos though as it can only contain 256 colours. Really, Amazon should sort out their ludicrous delivery charge. They want us to illustrate with high quality high res pics (so that they look great on Kindle Fire) and then they penalise us with a delivery charge.
Yes, I've done it. But you just have to accept 35% royalties. My first book has about 180 colour images, mostly landscapes and maps. The download file is typically 22Mb so with a delivery charge of £0.10 per Mb and a selling price of £2.99 the 70% royalties option is a non-starter.
But I do make higher royalties in monetary terms on the paperback. Sadly, the paperback has to have black and white illustrations, otherwise it would be unaffordable.
I used Sigil to create the eBook. I am sure it could be done in Word but all I read on here was I would have much more control over the final book building it in HTML in Sigil. My second book will come out in a couple of months and I will be using Sigil again to make it. Hopefully, I haven't forgotten everything I learned on the first book.
In another thread on here (CSS stylesheets) there is some discussion on how to reduce images sizes but I'm currently unconvinced I could ever get them down to where 70% royalties becomes attainable without sacrificing too much quality.
I'm not sure if this will work but there should be one of my photos below. It's probably wider than the screen but it might be possible to zoom around on it.
Of course it's possible! It's done all the time. (I use color whenever I have it, though of course the e-ink Kindles display only grayscale.)
You can and probably should reduce your images to 127 KB. So how many is many? 127 x100 = 12700 = $1.95 download fee if you choose the 70 percent option. If you want to sell it for $2.99, obviously you'll have to choose the 35 percent royalty, which is three or four times the royalty you'd get from a conventional publisher.
Tools? I finish up in Word, then run that Word doc through Word2CleanHtml dot com online, open the resulting html file in Sigil, and tweak it there as needed. Takes some learning, but easiest in the long term. You can get the latest version at https://github.com/Sigil-Ebook/Sigil/releases.
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)