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How do I Get an in design CC epub file into Amazon's kindle?

Participant ,
Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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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?

 

 

 

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Guru , Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021
You need Kindle Previewer: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G202131170Open your epub file with this app, It will be converted automatically to mobi file. Save it and upload it to KDP.

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Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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Is your epub reflowable or fixed layout?

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Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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Flowable.

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Guru ,
Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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You need Kindle Previewer: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G202131170

Open your epub file with this app, It will be converted automatically to mobi file. Save it and upload it to KDP.

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Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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I had tried that. But the Kindle previewer gives me fuzzy text. Just
awful. I read other people had the same complaint.

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Guru ,
Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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Is the text live? Or is it part of a picture? What font are you using?

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Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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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."

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Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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Are you working on a Mac or PC. Can you share a file with a sample of pages where you see the fuzzy text?

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Participant ,
Jan 06, 2021 Jan 06, 2021

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I'm working on PC. Apparently kindle create only allows uploads of word
docs.
Meanwhile, here's a screenshot of the fuzzy text, from when i opened an
epub in the kindle previewer:

[image: image.png]

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Jan 06, 2021 Jan 06, 2021

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Never mind. I am just going to use kindle create and manually apply the
style changes I want. If one uses Kindle Create, and then select the
preview, the text looks fine.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 16, 2021 Jan 16, 2021

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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.

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Participant ,
Jan 16, 2021 Jan 16, 2021

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KindleGen used to work. Not any more. I finally surrendered, gave up on
export to epub from InDesign, and started using Kindle Create. First I copy
all the indesign chapter text and paste all of that, all the chapters, one
after the other, into one long Word doc, then remove all the images, but
keeping the photo captions in, The photos, even when anchored in the
indesign file, do not carry over into KC. In a whole separate step, find
the photo captions to see where to insert the photos. *aaaargg!* I did
discover one can change font sizes, font face, to some extent, and color. I
don't think one can do it globally, just one element at a time. Hugely
painstaking and time-consuming, as is photo insertion. Also, one has to
manually insert page breaks. One thing that surprised me - Kindle Create
puts all the footnotes at the very end of the book, regardless of how many
chapters. But at least it works with the footnotes function, so the
footnotes get renumbered within the text as well as in what are now "end
notes," and they actually match. Imagine that!! One cannot click, with the
kindle previewer, on the hyperlinked urls and have those go anywhere. So
impossible to test until and unless one has "published." Then, if it
doesn't work, I guess one has to *un-publish* and go back to ground one.
What were they thinking???

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Jul 06, 2021 Jul 06, 2021

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Have you found any other solution yet to this issue?

 

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Aug 19, 2021 Aug 19, 2021

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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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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 19, 2021 Aug 19, 2021

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You might find this useful (this is the latest creator from Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Create/b?ie=UTF8&node=18292298011&fbclid=IwAR1KsvAseooxRnsM_wUFWWtuUdT...

 

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Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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Thanks, Derek. I had discovered this, awhile back. I'll keep on file, in
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