Creating Files Fit For a Kindle
3rd June 2011
On Wednesday me, Simon Gray from Birmingham City Council’s web team and Kate Cooper of The New Optimists ran a full day workshop on creating electronic books. Specifically, it was for creating files that go on a Kindle.
We had a pretty full turnout, with nearly 20 attendees, and a very full day. You can get a feel for the areas we covered by looking at the breakdown of sessions on the Eventbrite page.
First, we ran through the simplest way to publish on the Kindle, going directly from a single Word document and creating a file from that. Then we looked at gaining more control over the formatting by editing it as an html file.
The final step was to bundle a number of pages up, including images and a cover, to create a full book with a table of contents.
Then, having gone through the process of creating the file, we looked at the video below, which Amazon provide to show the steps involved in publishing on their platform.
And finally, we had a discussion lead by Kate about the sort of editorial decisions you might make when publishing to Kindle. This was usefully framed by the sort of decisions she is going to be making when she publishes the first batch of New Optimists essays to Kindle.
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The content we used on the day was from the Wikipedia entry for Birmingham and that is included in the bundle, as is the completed Birmingham book.
The people who came along were from a range of backgrounds. We had people there who can practically think in HTML and others for whom it was completely new. We had attendees from publishing houses and we had individual copywriters. We had the Library of Birmingham and the Museums and Art Galleries represented and we also had people who had come from Leicester, Milton Keynes and Cheltenham.
All of the attendees made a contribution and that made the day the success that I think it was. We knew from the start that we were going to be dependent on a good class, and we got a great one, so thanks very much to everybody who came along.