Hi, I'm a rank newcomer to KDP. I have prepared a manuscript including 30 illustrations. I believe I have limited their resolution to working sizes. I have vetted the manuscript text, but I need to know if there is a way to see what the pics will look like on Kindle and the other platforms. At present, all I am seeing is a place holder. Regards, D.
Upload your book to the KDP and look at it in the online Previewer (or download the converted mobi file and Kindle Previewer for your computer). If you see a camera icon, then either you haven't uploaded the photos or the book file is pointing to the wrong place. To fix, specify what sort of file you're uploading.
One of the regulars on this forum has given instructions on how to upload images within an ebook, and that's what I follow. I regularly have four or five cover images of my other novels (plus an excerpt) following the ebook, so I have to make sure they come out right.
I assume your manuscript is in Word, and all the images are inserted in the proper place in the manuscript (with a page break at the end of the previous page and after each image). You then save the manuscript as Web Page, Filtered. This produces an html file for the text, and a separate folder containing the jpeg images.
You then create a separate folder (call it book title upload). Move both the html file and the folder with images into this folder, then zip it (right click, Send to: Compressed (zipped) Folder. This zipped folder is what you upload. Amazon then processes it and puts the images in the right places. Of course your cover image is uploaded separately. Best of luck.
quailrancher, thanks for the suggestions. The word document converts and is visible. I used the PDF from Kindle for instructions. I did not see any reference to page brakes with photos. However, I went ahead and inserted them before and after the pics. That did not change anything. I still have the camera logo as a space holder. Is the photo folder supposed to have a specific name?
There are two important things to achieve. One is winding up with a folder containing images, along with an html file for the novel. The next is placing these two things into a folder and zipping it. Place the images folder in the folder to be zipped, not the images by themselves. The folder to be zipped doesn't have to have a special name.
If your images are all large, they will automatically go onto the next page, filling it, so page breaks won't make a difference as far as I know. If the images are small, some could wind up directly under the previous text, which you may or may not want. If you want that, you can use Word's paragraph after spacing to create the desired white space between text and image. Or between images, for that matter.