The recent addition of new formatting abilities in Kindle Format 8 (KF8) has made creating Kindle eBooks both easier and more difficult than ever before. While an ePub file can be designed in a way that covers all of the ePub-supporting devices and platforms (Apple, B&N, Google, Kobo, and Sony), creating beautiful KF8 files that are backwards compatible with older Kindle devices and software apps requires specific knowledge and skills that are not all needed for standard ePub workflows. This process becomes even more difficult when you are trying to use your single ePub file for Amazon, as well.
This session will cover Kindle Format 8 in detail, including the best methods of creating backwards compatible KF8 files that look good across the entire Kindle ecosystem. It will also cover some options for creating ePub files that can auto-convert though KindleGen.
For the bulk of the workshop, we will walk you through the process of creating a native Kindle file based on your ePub source. We will cover the main differences between the two formats and the easiest workflows for converting the individual ePub files into Kindle-compatible files. We will also talk about what formatting is possible in KF8 right now and how to apply solid backwards compatibility techniques to common design elements like poetry, lists, tables, sidebars, images, etc.
Then, we will discuss best practices you can use when creating your ePub files that will allow them to auto-convert to the Kindle format through KindleGen. This is not as easy as it might sound, since there are still some major differences between the two formats. We will talk about both basic and complex formatting, with ideas on making the content look good both in your ePub and in the auto-converted Kindle file.
This workshop is geared toward designers and developers who are working on eBooks regularly, and a foundational knowledge of the ePub format and its files is recommended. Managers and other non-techies are also welcome, and the information presented should be helpful for anyone who is tasked with developing in-house eBook workflows.
Joshua Tallent has been an eBook developer since 2002. He is an acknowledged expert on the Kindle and ePub formats, and his book, Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide, has been praised as the most thorough explanation of the Kindle format available. Joshua founded eBook Architects, his eBook design and consulting business, in 2008, providing services to both publishers and authors, with a focus on complex projects and enhanced eBooks. He regularly teaches at conferences and workshops about building and designing eBooks, and he is a vocal advocate for beautiful, functional, accessible eBooks. Joshua resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two daughters. He can be found online at www.ebookarchitects.com and @jtallent or @ebookarchitects.
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