I did a test upload with a.PNG formatted image and it did successfully convert via email@example.com file conversion system, but I wouldn't trust it to do a book that way.
I would recommend staying away from a.pdf format because PDF does not really do well with Kindle.
I have done a picture book of sorts using Microsoft Word (2003) and it didn't work compleatly to my satisfaction.
There are two ways to do this:
1) You can try to post JPEG's with text on the same page, but then the JPEG needs to be sized properly for the text to go hand-in-hand with the image on the same page,
2) You can add the text to the JPEG and then simply post one JPEG to each page.
For a children's book, especially a primary reader, this may be the best way of doing it as you can actually format the text on an image and position it exactly where you want the text to appear on the image much in the same way that a comic book can have the text positioned in those little balloons that associate it with the speaker.
I'm not saying that you need to have it look like a comic book, but the text can be positioned in the font will have more variety that is available in straight Kindle (which only has two basic types of text).
I'll poke around and see if I can create a display for an example....
If I was going to make a picture book. I would use Sigil, it's an open source epub editor.
I would get all my images ready, large high resolution color images. The resolution of the baby kindle is 600x800 but people might be reading your picture book on various screens with different color capabilities and resolutions.
Then I would just open Sigil and insert each of my images into its own xhtml file. Named page 1.xhtml page2.xhtml etc.. You could also have a TitlePage.xhtml with some text if you like, I'm going to attach some screenshots.
Then I would open the epub in Calibre and click convert to MOBI which is a currently Kindle Friendly format.
I'm just about finished a pre reader to beginner
reader picture book, for children and i want to
publish on the kindle and other places.
There is no formatting to do because each page is a
single image file that includes both the text and the
At present each page is a png file. I believe i have
to convert each of these to a pdf file and then i
could upload, is that correct ?
Cant do it as an html file because i dont know html
well enough. I use a wyswyg web builder and so i can
avoid html. Actually there might be a way around
that that i have just thought of.
Anyways, basically each page is an image file
including the text and illustration. Am i on the
right track ?
thanks for the feedback
but what sort of file IS it, eg doc pdf etc or is it already html?
the kindle guide tells you exactly what happens with images but a bit hard to follow SO we did the next step which was to make a book with various file types and pixel sizes so that YOU can see what happens on your device. You only need to get sample of book as rear end is "padded".
Operativewords' instructions are correct, but I feel compelled to point out that that type of children's book format, in ePUB, is expressly forbidden and will be rejected at iBooks, just in case you're thinking about publishing there...get a copy of their newest guidelines (Apple's) for "fixed format" books.
I couldn't seem to find those guidelines, there was sign up process through APPLE that might have given me the guidelines, but they wanted me to become a member of their publishing group first, do you have a copy of the guidelines I could read.
Also I downloaded that epubchecker program and didn't receive any errors on that test picture book I made, although I'm not sure if I used the epubchecker program right.
Why would APPLE be against a book such as this, is there a potential for abuse? Clicking on one of those pictures might send you to a site where you can purchase things outside the app store or something like that?