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It used to be so easy to upload an epub file from indesign to amazon kdp, and the conversion to mobi would happen right there, within amazon. Now, apparently, Amazon is making one use kindle create, which makes one upload word docs, and use one of their templates. One has to recreate much of the styling, as well as place images anew. Don't even get me started on footnotes with hyperlinks! I used to be able to create an entire indesign book for print, and then save another copy of that book, and save it as an e-book. Now, one can't do that. It seems I have to create a whole new book just for kindle. Has anyone mastered this, or can set me straight?
Is your epub reflowable or fixed layout?
Is the text live? Or is it part of a picture? What font are you using?
Its just text within a book document, laid out in InDesign cc. There's nothing live about it, except for links within footnotes, which are copious. Lots of images are included within the body of the text, and they're anchored. There's no image with embedded linkage. As for fonts, I'm just using Times New Roman font, regular and italic. Nothing fancy. I did see in the fuzzy kindle previewer that my italicized words did retain their italization. If I can understand better how styles will be preserved in KDP kindle book, then I may use a different font for chapter heads. In previous ebooks I've created, I had plenty of "styles."
Are you working on a Mac or PC. Can you share a file with a sample of pages where you see the fuzzy text?
At Amazon's site, there is an InDesign-Kindle plugin, but it does provide an Export to Kindle command as it says it should. It must not work any longer.
When I saved it to Flowable Epub, it did very little correctly. It sounds like I need to see if I can save it as Rich Text into Word.
Have you found any other solution yet to this issue?
How is this a "correct answer"? As per the many replies, this approach renders an unusable result, and is unacceptable. Is it possible to use some other Adobe product, such as dreamweaver, to produce content for kdp?
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You really don't need to jump though all these hoops to get an InDesign book into Kindle. You most certainly don't need to export to Word and then rebuild in that terrible novice's-tool Kindle Create, not if you're a reasonably skilled ID user.
Also note that Amazon has dropped the MOBI file, so all forms of conversion to it or from it are obsolete. (And good riddance!)
Getting an InDesign layout from ID to Kindle is four basic steps, but there are little pitfalls all the way through and far too many variables.
Some basics that have worked for me, up to and including very complex layouts like the most complex textbook you've ever seen, include:
But step one — maybe step zero — is to abandon all the old, crude, novice-centric tools and methods. You're an InDesign user: it and CSS have everything you need for professional Kindle results. You don't need to go through multiple conversion, rebuilding, using Amazon's crummy tools, etc. Learn to jump these hurdles the right way, and your publication skills will take a huge leap upward. (As will your marketability!)
Or you can look up my new book on professional Kindle publication, which is the above post x1000. 🙂
I should release it (on Kindle, duh) this week.
Never sure how much TPTB tolerate self-promotion, but as it's based on Adobe use...
Pre-sale until the 15th, probably sooner.
Hey, I'm a buck richer! 🙂
Doing the last tedious touch-ups now, it may drop over the weekend.
Well, that's crazy, but I've never pre-released a book before, so maybe it's normal behavior. (As if anything KDP does can be called normal... insert rant about the awful system for writing the book description!)
It probably won't show up in your account/library until it drops. All of the other info should be at the other end of the link above (or, here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09HZB4NQS.
The title is InDesign & Word to Kindle: A Professional Guide. I try to avoid linking my name and user name when I can (to keep my search results tidy, more than anything else) so the curious will just have to go look