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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.
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How to Add Storage to a Kindle

Only the first-generation Kindle accepts SD cards.

The Kindle reader comes with enough space to store dozens of e-books, newspapers, magazines and other media files. If you are running out of space and you don’t want to delete any of your content, you may think about adding an SD card for extra storage. Unfortunately, only the first-generation Kindle allows you to install an SD card; this model supports SD cards up to 4GB.

Items you will need

  • SD card (4GB maximum)

Step 1

Power off the Kindle and turn it over so that you are looking at the back cover.

Step 2

Press down firmly on the back cover and slide it to the right to remove it.

Step 3

Locate the SD card slot on the right side of the Kindle.

Step 4

Slide the SD card into the Kindle’s card slot with the logo facing up and the gold-colored contacts facing down. Push the card in until you feel and hear it click into place.

Step 5

Place the cover back on the Kindle and slide it to the left to lock it in place.

Step 6

Turn on the Kindle. The new SD card is detected automatically.

Tips

  • You can use the Kindle’s Content Manager to move items between the Kindle’s memory and the SD card. To do this, launch Content Manager from the home screen, select the items you wish to transfer, and then choose “Menu.” Choose “Move to SD Memory Card” or “Move to Kindle Memory.” The files will transfer to the destination immediately.

Warnings

  • The process described in this article only applies to first-generation Kindles.

Amazon Kindle finally coming to China?

Last week with the Kindle Paperwhite’s software update came the newly added support for Simplified Chinese. This maybe another hint alluding to an incoming Chinese release of the electronic reader.

Addition of Chinese support alone isn’t enough evidence to justify this theory of course. There may be been technical issues in the past which prevented Amazon from supporting the complex Chinese script. However, that’s not all.

Another clue comes from the China Radio Management Agency’s website, which shows that four Kindle devices were submitted for evaluation for a Chinese radio license. If that’s not a big X marking the spot, I don’t know what is.

Finally, Chinese support. What took you so long, Amazon!

What’s more, in 2011 Amazon already confirmed that they were planning a future Chinese launch, so what is really surprising is that its took them this long. Amazon would be foolish to miss another Christmas’ worth of sales, and may be ramping up for a festive release in the mainland.

It is interesting to note the timing of this move too. 2 weeks ago I wrote an article about Amazon China’s president Wang Hanhua resigning amongst rumors of Amazon attempting to ‘speed up’ the strategy of the Chinese branch. This would correlate with the sudden rush of events to indicate a Kindle launch. Amazon have also just released their Kindle devices in Japan, and this may be part of a larger strategy to take on Asia as a whole.

Until Amazon get a move on, we always have… this thing….

With billions of potential customers, Amazon would be silly to miss out on this opportunity. While e-book piracy is rampant in the mainland, that doesn’t mean that people wouldn’t be willing to pay for quality content should it be easily available. Hopefully Amazon can rectify that situation better than any local tablet clone has in the past.

Amazon Kindle eBooks lending library launches in the UK

Amazon Kindle TouchAmazon Kindle owners in the UK can now borrow eBooks, including all seven Harry Potter titles, from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which launches today.
Kindle users can choose from more than 200,000 books to borrow for free. These can be read on Kindle e-ink e-readers and also the Kindle Fire tablet computers.

Amazon has also today announced that its new Kindle Paperwhite, the most advanced e-reader it has ever offered, is coming to Britain this month.

To access the Lending Library, consumers must sign up for an Amazon Prime membership, which costs £49 per year and gives users discounted delivery on products bought from Amazon.

UK Prime members with Kindle devices can now also access thousands of digital books to borrow for free, as frequently as one a month with no due dates.

Alongside JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter books, the library also offers various popular titles across fiction and non-fiction, including Stephen Leather’s The Basement and M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series.

There are also thousands of titles available from the Kindle self-publishing platform, including best-sellers such as Love…From Both Sides by Nick Spalding and As if By Magic by Kerry Wilkinson.

“Owning a Kindle is getting even better. Today, we’re announcing that our newest Prime benefit, built just for Kindle, is coming to UK customers: The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library,” said Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com.

“Prime members will have exclusive access to a huge library of books to read on any Kindle device at no additional cost and with no due dates.

“We’re already seeing the programme’s success in the US for both readers and authors – customers are reading more and authors are reaching a whole new audience while making money in a new way – and we’re excited to bring it to customers in the UK.”

Books can be checked out from the library using a customer’s Kindle device, and users can have one book at a time. The titles are also returned with the device and any notes, highlights or bookmarks are automatically saved should the person re-borrow the book.

Alongside the UK, the Lending Library is coming soon to users in France and German.

Amazon has also started UK pre-orders of the Kindle Paperwhite and confirmed that the product will ship to customers on October 25.

Billed as the “most advanced e-reader ever constructed” by Amazon, the Paperwhite offers 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast than other Kindles, and comes with a patented built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions.

The Paperwhite offers up to eight weeks of battery life and is priced from £109 for the WiFi version or £169 for the WiFi and 3G model.

As with other 3G Kindle devices, the premium Paperwhite model involves Amazon paying for the 3G connection so that customers can download content anywhere and anytime in more than 80 countries with no annual contracts.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Barnes & Noble Nook HD tablet – Mini Tablet war begins

It is a great time for consumers especially if you are on a lookout for an affordable Tablet. On Monday Barnes and Noble introduced their Nook Tablet as a direct competitor to Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

If you compare the two tablets on cost, both are economical. However which Tablet one must choose depends solely on his tastes, lifestyle and technical needs.

The Nook tablet costs $199 and offers same RAM and 8 GB of memory. The Nook Tablet also has a microSD slot for an additional 32 GB of external memory. Kindle Fire and Nook Tablets both offer cloud storage for the users.

To be fair to Kindle fire is priced $199 and offers over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games.

The Nook Tablet comes with Netflix and Hulu plus and if the user has already subscribed to these, it will be better to get a Nook Tablet. If the user has an Amazon Prime membership he will naturally choose the Kindle Fire. The deciding factor could be with which service the user is hooked on to.

EPUB files will not be supported by Kindle Fire while the Nook Tablet will not support AMZ files. Both the tablets will not support Sony or Microsoft‘s eReader file formats.

Other features of Nook include Ad free experience which is not the case with Kindle Fire. The Nook also boasts as being the lightest Tablet and also has the highest resolution screen.

 

The Nook comes with a wall charger while Kindle Fire does not have it and has to be purchased separately for $9.99. The screen of the Nook Tablet has a resolution of 1440-by-900, Displays HD @ 720p, 243 pixels per inch.

The screen of Kindle Fire has a resolution of 1280-by-800, Displays HD @ 720p, 216 pixels per inch. The Nook has a 1.3 GHz Dual-Core, OMAP 4470 Processor while the Kindle Fire has 1.2 GHz Dual-Core, OMAP 4460 Processor.

Overall both the tablets are almost equal in most features except a few like expandable memory and processor where the Nook scores slightly more than Kindle Fire.

Amazon’s new Kindle line-up has eyes on growing e-reader market in the UAE

Dubai:

While all of the attention has been taken up by Apple and Samsung, the Amazon’s Kindle is getting ready to make a splash of its own in the UAE.

The 7-inch Kindle HD is likely to be in stock by the end of this month itself, according to a top official at Jumbo Electronics, which is selling the tablet here. The other models within the expanded Kindle line-up — the Fire HD 8.9-inch in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with 4G — will be in stores by mid-October.

“Customers with an existing Amazon account can easily access the digital content for their Kindle,” said Vishesh Bhatia, CEO at Jumbo. “New users who have a US postal number can also register and start using the device.

“Once you are registered, it’s a very simple process of choosing the digital content, be it books, newspapers or magazines.”

The Kindle Fire HD And Second Gen Kindle Fire Both Have Locked Bootloaders

So, you were thinking about picking up a Kindle Fire HD, rooting it, and throwing a ROM on it for an impressive $200 tablet? Turns out that idea may not work out as well as we initially thought: both the Kindle Fire HD and the second gen KF have locked bootloaders. Bummer.

This may not mean that custom ROMs are impossible on these devices, only that it’s more improbable.

For those who may not know, the bootloader is responsible for checking the firmware’s signature before a device boots. In this case, if it doesn’t match what Amazon says it should, then it simply won’t do anything. In order to make it work, this key needs to be cracked or otherwise bypassed, which isn’t always an easy task.

It’s worth mentioning here that this probably won’t make the KF and KFHD unrootable, as we’ve already heard that a root method is currently in the works.

What this does mean, though, is that you should probably hold off on putting your order in until the development community can spend some time working with the new Kindles to judge how difficult a hack is going to be. With that said, initial reports aren’t looking good.