2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 6, 2014 9:14 PM by pooja2087

    epub to Kindle - not!

    notannhavoc Level 1

      I'm sure like many others - I've been searching and scouring the forums for what should seemingly be a routine procedure.

      I have a fairly complex book with many images, captions, footnotes. The client wants it prepared for Kindle as well as print.

      Issue 1: how to get captions to stay with images in the Kindle version?

      I've resized images in a dummy version - grouped them with the caption and then copied and inserted them as an anchored object in CC. Then I discovered that CC wills rasterize text if anchored object is inline

      In CC 9.2 Inline Positioned Text Frames will be rasterized!

      http://helpx.adobe.com/content/dam/help/en/indesign/InDesign_EPUB_Changes_CC_9.0_to_9.2.pd f

      Issue 2: Image size - the consensus seems to be to go for 600 x 800 pixels at 96 dpi. And file size needs to be fewer than 128 kb per image - otherwise Kindle resizes it. Still - although all my images are well within these specs - they appear smaller and smaller on the different versions of Kindle, Kindle Fire, etc. seems that the higher the resolution of the device - the smaller the image.

      Issue 3: save in Kindle *.mobi format

      Well - The Kindlegen plugin available from Amazon


      Does not support CC - it does CS6 and CS5.5

      There are a number of suggestions as to how to convert to mobi - there is software called Calibre which does this - however - nowhere near as completely as Kindlegen in terms of keeping styling [drop caps, bullets, etc.]BTW - it helps to convert numbered lists to text as these don’t convert properly if at all

      I even tried to use   kindlegen with command prompts

      Using KindleGen to make Your MOBI/KF8 eBook for Amazon

      http://bbebooksthailand.com/bb-epub-kindlegen-tutorial.html#epubkindlegentutorial_kindlege n

      But the results were really poor


      So given the problem with rasterizing text [captions] and inability to use the kindlegen plugin - I opted to work with CS6

      BUT - why is this?

      Why is it so difficult - Adobe says it is Amazon's problem to support InDesign - over in the Amazon forum


      the consensus seems to be pretty much to  stay away from InDesign and to use MS Word. Seems Amazon thinks that InDesign is not worth supporting. Perhaps because the problems and complexities of InDesign files are beyond its Kindle tools.

      In any case, this is unacceptable - there has to be a  clear-cut way to  prepare books from InDesign - the leading  DTP tool- to  Kindle - the leading  digital reader.

      Adobe keeps promoting new versions of its software - yet the most feasible solution seems to be to go with earlier releases.

      Why put all this energy into developing new functionality when we so desperately need a clear path from InDesign to Kindle?


      I'm sure I've  over generalized and misstated lots - but it seems to me that what I'm  trying to do is not all that unique and shouldn't be  this difficult!