As part of the process of learning about the practicalities of creating an ebook for my Kindle, I practised on transferring the content of the digital book I had already created at http://issuu.com/miltoncontact/docs/monty-bear-and-the-chocolate-egg, which you can read online, but not download. (the Amazon Kindle link is at the bottom of the article).
The work process for creating the Kindle ebook was as follows:
- Convert and edit the images into greyscale, with a high contrast. This is important as the Kindle reader has a lower contrast range.
- The images were resized to be 520 pixels wide, the optimum for the Kindle reader
- I then used Sigil, a WYSIWYG ebook editor, to layout the book with the edited images and text.
- To force each image and its short text to be on a new page, I had to make each page a new chapter.
- The ebook was then saved in epub format.
- The ebook was then imported into Calibre and the meta information (about author, title, publication date and preferred book cover) was added.
- Using Calibre, the ebook was exported into the .mobi format, which is accepted by Kindle.
I could either import the book to my Kindle (best option) or use the free PC software to view Kindle ebooks available here:
By generating this very simple book, I learnt a considerable amount on the practicalities of producing an ebook for Kindle - and other - ebook readers.
Please feel free to sample or purchase the ebook, "Monty Bear and the Chocolate Egg" at only £0.70p for your Kindle from here:
I would really appreciate your comments after trialling this out on young children!