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How to Include Images in Kindle Books

Once you have your images in your HTML for your Kindle book and have followed the instructions for creating a great Kindle ebook image you need to be able to include it in your book when you create the mobi file. You can convert your HTML file to mobi using Calibre or you can use the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to create your mobi file and set it up for sale.

Make Sure Your Book HTML is Ready for Conversion

The benefit of using HTML to create your book is that you can then use a browser to read through it and correct any errors. When you’re including images you should be sure to check your book in a browser to make sure all the images are displaying correctly.

Remember that ebook viewers like the Kindle are typically less sophisticated than web browsers, so your images may not be centered or aligned. What you should really be checking is that they all display in the book. It is very common to have an ebook with missing images because they were not in the directory referenced by the HTML file.

Once the images are all displaying correctly in the HTML, you should zip the entire book directory and all the images into one file. This is important because you can only upload one file to Amazon.
How to Zip Files and Folders in Windows • How to Zip and Unzip Files and Folders on a Mac

How to Get Your Book and Images to Amazon with the KDP

I like using KDP because then the books are ready to be sold on Amazon without any extra steps.

  1. Login to the KDP with your Amazon account. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you will need to create one.
  2. On the “Bookshelf” page, click on the yellow button that says “Add new title.”
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to enter your book details, verify your publishing rights, and target the book to customers. You should also upload a book cover, but this isn’t required.
  4. If you haven’t already done so, zip your images and book file together into one ZIP file.
  5. Browse for that ZIP file and upload it to the KDP.
  6. Once the uploading is done, you should preview the book in the KDP online previewer.
  7. When you’re satisfied with the preview, you can post your book to Amazon for sale.

Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Note 2 vs Kindle Fire HD: Size Doesn’t Matter

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet is a favourite all over the world, except for the price tag, so does it compare to more affordable tablets on the market that have been best-sellers? In particular does the Google Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD have a chance against a tablet/phone hybrid?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Google Nexus 7 & Amazon Kindle Fire HD

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In regards to the form factor the main difference between the devices is the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a phone too. Therefore you can call and text along with doing everything that the other tablets do. However the screen size is smaller than on the others. The Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD both have screens of 7 inches. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on the other hand comes with a screen of 5.5 inches. All devices offer full HD; however the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a ppi of 265, while the other two have 216ppi. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also has the S Pen.

For processing power the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a quad core processor with 2GB of RAM, which means that heavy apps run very smoothly. If you don’t need processing power that is intense, but you want email, browsing and gaming, the Google Nexus 7 and the quad core processor with 1GB of RAM, or the Kindle Fire HD and its dual core processor, with 1GB of RAM may be enough.

For internal storage the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 supports SD card and up to 64GB. The Google Nexus 7 along with the Kindle Fire HD only has up to 32GB on the high end devices.

If it is a great camera you want the phablet has the best, with an 8 megapixel on the back and a 1.9 on the front. However if you have a phone with a great camera and all you want is a tablet that can connect to the internet, both of the tablets have cameras that will suffice.

The Kindle Fire HD has Android 4.0, the Google Nexus 7 has Android 4.2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has Android 4.1.2. The tablets will set you back around $199 to $299; the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will cost more than $800, if you want the unlocked device.

So overall it is clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has the most advantages. But with a price tag almost 3 to 4 times bigger, you will have to see whether you need all the “extras”.