Export to Kindle in InDesign

Community Beginner ,
Mar 19, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

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Could someone help me export an ebook created in InDesign to the reading format on the Kindle?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 19, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

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You need to create an ePub from an InDesign document first, by exporting to the format. There are two kinds of ePub: a Reflowable ePubs (for text-heavy books) and Fixed Layout ePubs (for illustrated books), Having created the ePub, and validated it, you can use the free converter from Amazon to create a mobi file, which is the format the Kindle uses.

 

Linkedin Learning have useful online video tutorials on how to create these formats. You can get 30-days free access.

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Mar 20, 2020 Mar 20, 2020

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. In addition to what Derek suggested, you may click on help article https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/export-content-epub-cc.html to know how you can create EPUB using InDesign. Hope it helps.

 

Regards,

Ashutosh

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Mar 20, 2020 Mar 20, 2020

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Oct 24, 2020 Oct 24, 2020

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Hi, Thanks for this. I have a fixed layout ePub created by InDesign for Apple Books. Is Kindle Create still required, or helpful? So you'd need to export a PDF from InDesign, import it into Kindle Create and go from there?

 

 

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Guru ,
Oct 24, 2020 Oct 24, 2020

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"So you'd need to export a PDF from InDesign, import it into Kindle Create and go from there?"

Yes, that's the way to create a Fixed Layout for Kindle. Very simple process.

 

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Oct 30, 2020 Oct 30, 2020

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Hey there, I'm trying to do the same thing but I'm having trouble. I've got a reflowable epub document and I'm trying to figure out how to also create a kindle version. When I go to kindle create, it only recognizes .kcb files when I go to open existing file.

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Guru ,
Oct 30, 2020 Oct 30, 2020

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For reflowable epub you need to get the app Kindle Previewer. When you open your epub file with Kindle Previewer it gets automatically converted to a MOBI file. The mobi file is used then to publish on KDP.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 25, 2020 Oct 25, 2020

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Anyone producing FXL ePubs and who's on a Mac should have a look at CircularFLO:
https://www.circularflo.com

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 16, 2021 Jan 16, 2021

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Thanks, Derek. The only hesitation is that it does not say what the price will be after the free period. Free is good but learning how costs me my time may not be a good investment if I'm back to Rich Text rebuilding later anyway. Got the email that says $99 "purchase credit" but that does not clarify if that's per page, per book, or dozen books.

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