This is me yesterday trying to make a kindle ebook.
This is me fighting a one on one battle with my computer.
This is me at the end of the game…
Making a Kindle version of my book was not only a painful experience due to the cramping in my hands, but quite an annoying problem… Yesterday, practically all day, I was figuring out how to create a mobi file for my kindle version. I did go to the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) site and enter in my information for an ebook. I did not enroll into the KDP Select because apparently they want your exclusive rights, so they can sell your book in a certain area of cyberspace. Eh, yeah… 😐
I guess if anyone wants to do that they can, but I’d like to retain all my rights regardless of what happens. They claim they can help authors by getting more readers to see the ebook, but I don’t know enough facts or the statistics of whether or not that actually works. If someone has done the KDP Select and would like to enlighten me on how it’s done, whether it works or not, I’d be more than happy to hear you out.
Anyway, I did finally figure it out. I do have Scrivener program; however, I can only convert my files into epub…for some reason I need a kindle program to create mobi files…. but every time I download this kindle program it doesn’t work, so I’m thinking it’s not designed for Macs. Of course, I may do some more tweaking along the way, but I’m getting sick of it… every time I fix something and convert the epub files into mobi files through Calibre (which is a free online program) something new would always pop up.
Kindle does say (after reading their free ebook on Publishing through their site) to convert your files to .html because it’s better that way; however, doing that made my text a lot smaller. They do have a preview section where you can view the book. For some reason, I didn’t like how it was being previewed. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ll stick to mobi files where I can easily see them in the Kindle for I have a Kindle already.
The only thing I didn’t like about Kindle is not having the beautiful images that Nicoy did for me. I don’t know how anyone adds other images to Kindle, besides the book cover, but oh well. I wish I could go on and on, typing more about what I went through, but my hands need a break.