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Building Your Complex eBook with Kindle Create

Kindle Create converts your PDF files into Print Replica eBooks. Print Replica eBooks maintain the rich formatting and layout of their print editions and offer many of the advantages of standard Kindle eBooks, but they do not allow the reader to resize text and are only
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You can use Kindle Create to:
  • Build a table of contents
  • Add interactive content , such as audio, video, images, and hyperlinks
  • Edit your eBook at a later date
  • Preview your eBook and create a file to publish to KDP
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.

Creating a new project from a PDF

To create a new Print Replica eBook 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 Textbooks, Travel Guides, Cookbooks, Music Books option.
  2. Click the Choose File button, navigate to the PDF on your local hard drive, select the file, and click Open. Your PDF 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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Building your table of contents

To build the Kindle Interactive TOC for your eBook:

  1. For each page that you want listed in the TOC, select the page in the Contents Pane, check the box next to Include Page in Table of Contents, and type the table of contents entry in the Page Title box. In the Contents Pane, each page that will be included in the table of contents is marked with a blue triangle in the upper corner.
  2. To save your work, click File > Save Project.
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Preserving hyperlinks

If there are internal or external hyperlinks in your PDF, select Edit > Preserve Links so that these links will function properly in your eBook. If your PDF has hyperlinks and you do not use the Preserve Links function, the eBook links will not work. Kindle Create displays preserved hyperlinks as a red underline.

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Adding pages

To add pages to your eBook:

  1. In the Contents Pane, right-click a thumbnail and select Insert Page(s) from the pop-up menu. The Import from a PDF File dialog box appears.
  2. Navigate to the PDF on your local hard drive, select the file that contains the pages you want to add, and click Open. The contents of the PDF are added to your eBook.
  3. To save your work, click File > Save Project.
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Moving pages

To move pages in your eBook:

  1. In the Contents Pane, drag and drop the pages in the order you prefer. To select multiple pages, use SHIFT + click or CTRL + click.
  2. To save your work, click File > Save Project.
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Deleting pages

To delete pages from your eBook:

  1. In the Contents Pane, select the thumbnail of the page you want to delete. Right-click the thumbnail and select Delete Selected Page from the pop-up menu. The page is deleted.
  2. To save your work, click File > Save Project.
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Working with audio, video, and image files

Positioning icons with rulers and guidelines
Adding audio, video, and images
Moving audio, video, and image icons
Re-sizing invisible audio buttons
Editing title text, descriptions, and alternative text
Replacing an audio, video, or image file
Deleting an audio, video, or image file
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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 TOC (where applicable).
    • In the TOC page, confirm that each item is clickable and links to the correct location in the book. There should be no page numbers.
    • In the Kindle Interactive TOC (CTRL + N), confirm that each part, chapter, and/or section is clickable and links to the correct location in the book. There should be no page numbers.
  • Go back 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.
    • Audio and video files: Click each audio and video file and confirm that they work properly. Review the title and description in each pop-up for accuracy and usefulness.

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.

Adding your textbook to the Kindle store

If your eBook is a textbook, you'll need to add this search keyword when you enter your book details in KDP during title setup so that your textbook will appear in the Textbook category:


You must add the keyword exactly as it appears above, complete with underscores. If you don't, your book won't appear in the Textbook category on the Amazon.com Kindle store.

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