5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 24, 2012 11:00 PM by Silkrooster

    Exporting Children's book to Kindle

    jeppersons

      I have several children's books that have a wealth of images mixed with text.

       

      They are more like text books than anything else; they are black & white ink drawings (average one per page) with 50-100 words per page. The images need to stay fairly close to the associated text.  They are currently 64 pages each.

       

      They currently exist in an older version of InDesgin: How should I proceed to convert?

       

      • Am I looking at resizing frames? (In some cases the image is defined as the entire page)
      • Am I looking at separating the imagines from the text and/or standardizing the images?
        • I currently use a lot of text wraps and would like to maintain that look if possible

       

       

      Based on what I have read in the forum, It appears I would simply need to upgrade to the current version and use Calibre?

       

      • There are some posts that suggests images are resized with mixed results

       

      • There is an older post suggesting I would be better off developing the book using PDF?

       

      Also, it is unclear to me: does Calibre let me export directly to the device so I can see the results?  or does it emulate the results?

       

      What would be my 'testing' environment be? (given the various screen sizes Kindle supports)

        • 1. Re: Exporting Children's book to Kindle
          MW Design Level 4

          As for testing on a Kindle when one doesn't have one, Amazon has a Kindle reader for the computer, so you can load and test in it.

           

          I don't know what version of ID you have but Amazon also has an export for Kindle plug-in for ID. It, as far as my tests go, works well. I don't know the supported versions off the top of my head but you can find the info on the Amazon site.

           

          Make sure all your inages are anchored where you desire them.

           

          Take care, Mike

          • 2. Re: Exporting Children's book to Kindle
            Silkrooster Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            FYI, The Kindle Fire can use flash and pdf documents. Which can be tested on the kindle via wifi or a USB cord which is sold seperately (why I don't know).

            I personaly have tested pdf documents on the kindle, a full page pdf will scale to fit the kindle, the viewer can then drag scale to enlarge the page. As for the kindle format, I haven't tried it yet.

            • 3. Re: Exporting Children's book to Kindle
              Silkrooster Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              For the wifi, I should clarify it to mean through email. (when self testing)

              • 4. Re: Exporting Children's book to Kindle
                BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional
                Based on what I have read in the forum, It appears I would simply need to upgrade to the current version and use Calibre?

                 


                You are under a false assumption. There is almost no chance at all that you will simply be able to go from InDesign to EPUB whether it's for Kindle or any other device. If you have no knowledge of HTML and CSS which what EPUB and MOBI use, you are probably looking at a world of frustration.

                 

                I strongly suggest that you upgrade to CS5.5 if you are going to be doing this since it does have the best tool set for it, but that's not going to be enough.

                 

                Check Anne Marie Concepcion's videos on Lynda.com. If you don't have a subscription, this link will give you a free one week trial: http://bit.ly/fcGpiI

                 

                Liz Castro has a couple of books available on the topic and you might want to get both.

                 

                EPUB Straight to the Point: http://amzn.to/xQcUSR

                and

                From InDesign CS5.5 to EPUB and Kindle: http://amzn.to/wNRj7i

                 

                Bob

                • 5. Re: Exporting Children's book to Kindle
                  Silkrooster Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Amazon's site has converters including a beta version of an InDesign plugin for the kindle. It would be worth your time to read through all of there info in creating/publishing a kindle book.