Recently, Amazon has unveiled the newest of their Kindle feature tools, entitled the Kindle Comic Creator. Since it’s still relatively new and there’s not too much known about it, I wanted to give a basic breakdown in case you’re interested in utilizing it. This is a great way to update and transform picture or graphic-based books.
>> What Is the Kindle Comic Creator?
The Kindle Comic Creator is a completely free tool for both Kindle book authors and publishers that enables them to turn their comics, manga and graphic novels into Kindle books to be sold on the Amazon Marketplace. It makes it incredibly easy to import various file extensions of imagery, artwork and drawings in order to craft the most preferred customer reading experience, even allowing you to preview how the book will look on Kindle devices before you unleash it upon the masses.
Whether you’re looking to create an aforementioned comic, manga or graphic novel or even any other type of guided navigation experience you can think of. With the helpful integration of Kindle Panel Views, the Kindle Comic Creator automatically detects and even recommends the ideal Kindle Panel View placement for your book.
>> What Other Things Can You Do With the Kindle Comic Creator?
Not only does the tool allow you to craft comics for viewing on the tablet, but also practically any kind of guided navigation experience imaginable as well. Helping to support this, you can additionally create books with either double page spreads or even facing pages — whether they’re solely consisting of images, text or a combination of both is entirely up to you!
Additionally the Kindle Comic Creator also allows you to import artwork via .jpg, .tiff, .ppm, .png and .pdf formats, enabling you to use whichever image or design program that strikes your fancy so long as you save your work in any of the aforementioned formats.
Should you so choose, you can either import EPUB and KF8 files that are created according to the Kindle Publishing Guidelines or, alternatively, export images from EPUB’s that have not been created according to the Kindle Publishing Guidelines. Obviously so long as your newly uploaded Kindle comic book, manga or graphic novel does indeed adhere to the requirements.
>> What Are the System Requirements For Using the Kindle Comic Creator?
Unfortunately, most likely since it’s only just been released, the Kindle Comic Creator is currently only compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7 and Intel Mac OSX 10.6+ operating systems. No doubt Amazon is working on expanding the moderate restrictions of the tool (most notably allowing Linux users the opportunity to use it) and it should be available for additional operating systems, tablets and — most likely — smart phones in the near future.
Regardless of whether or not you’re even interested or able to create your own graphic novels, comics or manga books with the new Kindle Comic Creator tool, you have to admit that it’s a significant advancement in the medium. Allowing more artists and creative minds to create and share their works with the Amazon Marketplace is only going to make it that much more of a vibrant, rich and diverse of a place.
If you’re interested in trying out the Kindle Comic Creator, simply head on over to http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1001103761 to download the tool and read up on additional information regarding the features and restrictions it possesses in greater detail.
If you want to sell more books, your book needs to be available where your customers are. And while the Kindle store has become increasingly competitive, there is another thriving marketplace that is wide open: the iBookstore. This is Apple’s bookstore, and it comes pre-built into nearly all of their products, like the iPad. Millions of people are downloading and reading books right now from the iBookstore.
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A few minutes on Pinterest often leaves its users extremely hungry, adventurous and creative. This is due to the fact that the new social media network is an exceptional resource for finding new recipes, inspiring ideas for arts and craft projects and more. As with any social media network, there also exists the potential for you to promote your own Kindle book on Pinterest and get it out to the masses.
In this post we’ll be talking a look at four of the most effective methods that authors can use to promote their book wares on Pinterest. So let’s jump right along into it, yes?
1. Properly Showcasing Your Work
Creating your very own Pinterest board with which to pin your past or present book/writing achievements, book covers, fan letters or e-mails, reviews and even potential guest blog or local bookstore spots is an absolute must. This is so that anyone even remotely interested in either you as an author or your Kindle book(s) can have a launching point with which to learn more about you in as minimal amount of time as possible.
Plus, it’s always cool to have a nice little corner of the Internet that essentially acts as a trophy case of your book and/or writing accomplishments!
2. Showing a Little Love
Although most of the time you’ll spend on Pinterest will no doubt center around promoting your very own Kindle books, showing a little love via your own “Books Worth Reading” board is always a good idea. Not only will it essentially connect you with whichever authors you’re recommending, but you’re essentially doing them a favor by recommending them. And oftentimes on Pinterest, one favor is usually returned with another.
Obviously, however, don’t go into it expecting a recommendation in kind. Simply recommending the books you honestly feel are worth reading for your friends, family and fans is its own reward – so just be honest and hopefully your act of kindness will be returned down the line.
3. Present a Sounding Board for Fans and Critics Alike
Opening up your books (or even possible ideas for future books) for discussion on Pinterest is an excellent strategy, namely in that your fans will feel much more connected with your work and is if they had a part to play in potential ideas or plotlines you may have been having trouble with.
A Pinterest open discussion or sounding board also offers an excellent opportunity to gain some solid and constructive feedback on potential book covers you’re thinking about using for your Kindle books as well. Listening and responding to any active criticism on your past or present Kindle books will also paint you in a more humble, favorable light as well – so it really is a win-win either way.
4. Continuously Building Your Brand
Whether you realize it or not, you’re a brand and your usage and productivity on all of the social platforms you utilize feeds into this. While obviously you’re going to focus the vast majority of your time on these platforms to promoting your own Kindle book(s), don’t let this completely restrict you from not having a little fun like everyone else.
Whether it’s pinning favorite recipes you’d like to try or have enjoyed to the aforementioned “Books Worth Reading” board Pinterest offers, the more you use Pinterest (and other social media platforms such as Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter), the more you’re connecting with other people and getting your overall brand out there. And when it’s all said and done, this is always a good thing – and ultimately what your even being on these platforms like Pinterest is all about!
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