Since I’ve gotten my new computer, I haven’t updated my self-epublishing software. No need to – I’ve been working on the non-fiction books and not really writing fiction for a long while now. So when I saw a Facebook friend asking questions about putting books up on Kindle and B&N, I remembered to go get my software.
Seems things have slightly changed since the last time I used the software, but maybe I’m cracked. It looks for all the world like either I missed something along the way, or didn’t really know what I was doing, if the software’s the same as it was when I last published something.
The software is pretty nifty. It asks for a file to convert. I give it a Word file.
It spits out an HTML version. Then it converts the HTML version to a PRC file, which Kindle supports and likes.
That’s. It. NOTHING. Else.
Holy crapola. Are you kiddin’ me?
I spent days writing about how to format an eBook for Kindle. (See this post, this post, and this post if you’re interested.) Now it can be done in a couple of steps? What the heck have I been doing?!
Well, no matter. It’s all good, because now I’m here to not only tell you about it but provide you a link to the software I use. If you’re interested in converting books to eBooks you can publish on Kindle, it’s the easiest way I know of to get the job done. Now it’s even easier.
The software’s called Mobipocket Creator, and the link is right here. I gave it to you before, but just in case, now you have it again.
The software is about ten meg as a download, and installs easily and quickly. I installed the advanced option when presented with the choice, and maybe that’s the difference in how it worked this time from last time. Once installed, just run the software, tell it you want to input a document for conversion and it will transform said document into an HTML file. Then you do the build with the HTML file, your book cover and your table of contents if you’ve done one up separate. Put it all in, click the Build button on the toolbar and in a couple of really fast seconds, BANG! – eBook.
I’ve got to spend more time looking into whether the HTML is clean or not, but once it’s a PRC file, I’m not sure it matters. Only one way I know of to find out – publish it on the Kindle store and see if Amazon accepts it.
No more excuses about formatting! Go publish! – or make other excuses why you can’t, ‘cause that one don’t hold water no mo’. Heh.
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