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Building Your Comic eBook with Kindle Create

When you import your comic PDF into Kindle Create, your file is converted to a comic eBook and you can add Guided View panels. Guided View allows readers to view a comic on a panel-by-panel basis in a way that mimics the natural motion of the user's eye through the comic.

Suitable for mobile devices, Guided View animates panel-to-panel movement with each swipe to give a clear indication of how the story progresses across each page. Guided View features include:

  • A guided panel-by-panel reading experience using the panel order set by the publisher
  • Panels magnified to full-screen size and centered
  • Custom masking colors around each panel when magnified
After installation, you can launch Kindle Create by selecting Windows key > Amazon > Kindle Create (Windows) or Launchpad > Kindle Create (Mac).

Note: If you're not sure whether this is the right format for your book, see Choosing your book type.

Guided View example

Creating a new comic from a PDF

This feature is disabled by default. To enable comics, select Help > Settings > Early Access (Windows) or Kindle Create > Preferences > Early Access (Mac) and then check the Enable Beta Features box. Kindle Create restarts to complete the process.

To create a new comic from a PDF:

  1. On the Kindle Create launch screen, click the New Project from File button. You can also launch a new project by selecting File > New Project or using the shortcut CTRL + N (CMD + N for Mac users). The Choose File dialog box is displayed. Click the Comics with Guided Panel View option.
  2. Click the Choose File button, navigate to the PDF on your local hard drive, select the file, and click Open. Your comic is imported and displayed in Kindle Create.

    Note: If you get an error message while importing the file, click here for troubleshooting tips.

  3. Select File > Save Project to save your imported eBook. The Save dialog box opens. Navigate to the location on your computer where you want to save the file. Enter the File name. Click Save.
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Editing your Kindle Create eBook with the .kcb file

When you click Save, Kindle Create stores your book’s .kcb file and other resources in the folder you specify. Amazon recommends saving and backing up this .kcb file, which is required for any future updates to your book.

You can resume a previously saved project by selecting Resume Existing Project or File > Open Recent and choosing the relevant .kcb file.

When you click Publish, Kindle Create produces a publishable file (.kpf) that you can submit to KDP. (The .kpf file is only used for publishing; the .kcb file is used for updates.)

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Adding Guided View panels to your eBook

Guided View allows readers to view a comic on a panel-by-panel basis in a way that mimics the natural motion of the user's eye through the comic.

To add Guided View panels to your comic:

  1. Click the Add button and drag the cursor across the area you want to magnify.


    Adding a Guided View panel

    1. To modify a panel, click the entry in the Page Attributes panel to reveal the details:
      • Adjust Width and Height to change the size of the panel.
      • Adjust Left and Right to change the position of the panel.
      • Use Mask to change the mask color around the panel.
      • Use Opacity to change the transparency of the panel.
      • To delete the panel, click the trashcan.
    2. To change the order in which the customer will read the panels, drag the entries in the Page Attributes panel.
  2. Continue adding Guided View panels to the parts of your book that should be magnified.
  3. To save your work, click File > Save Project.
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Previewing and publishing your eBook

When you have finished creating your eBook, you are ready to preview and publish it.

Video: Saving and Exporting with Kindle Create

Previewing your eBook

After you have made all the improvements and changes you wish to your eBook, you can review the layout and formatting on a simulated device by launching Previewer. To use Previewer, select the Preview button.

Previewer launches with its own controls for changing device type, text size, and font face. You can move through your eBook page-by-page, chapter-by-chapter, image-by-image, etc. You can type a book location or drag the scroll bar to change the position dynamically. There is also a Table of Contents view that shows the Kindle Interactive TOC.

While previewing your eBook, use this checklist to confirm that it does not contain blatant errors:

  • Go to the first page and flip through every page of the book.
    • Images: Images should not be too small. Make sure that all text in images is legible. Large pictures should be scaled to fit the page and display in their entirety on one screen.
    • Material only included with physical book: There should not be any references to material (such as a CD or DVD) that is only included with the physical book.
    • Magnification (comics only): Activate Guided View and confirm that all panels have corresponding magnification, no content is overflowing the edge of the screen, and magnified reading order is correct.

Publishing your eBook

Once you have completed previewing and updating your eBook, create a publishable file with the Publish command. This process produces two files: a work file (.kcb) that allows you to update the eBook at a later date, and a publishable file (.kpf) that you can submit to KDP.

  1. Save your work file (.kcb) by selecting File > Save Project.
  2. Click the Publish button. The Save File for Publication dialog box is displayed.
  3. Accept or change the file location and name, and then click Save.
  4. When packaging is complete, the confirmation box is displayed. Submit the .kpf file to KDP to publish it.
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