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Digital publishing tools

edited May 2013 in The Toolbox
Another item in the toolbox, for digital publishing.  Amazon has released Kindle Comic Creator (a free app for Windows and OS X) that packages comics into a file compatible with their Kindle tablets. It's always been possible to do this using generic tools for creating Kindle-compatible documents, but this makes it simple and relatively idiot-proof. I've played around with it a little, and since it doesn't really do a whole lot, it's pretty easy to use.  It's a bit like putting together a PDF using Adobe Acrobat.

It includes support for Amazon's panel-by-panel viewing (it'll autodetect pages with clean white gutters) which you pretty much need if you want people to read the books using apps on their phones.  There's a feature for embedding fonts, but that doesn't apply to your lettering (only to text that you add within the program, which I guess you could do in KCC if you were intent on fine-tuning your comics specificly for the Kindle), and doesn't make a difference for pages you import with the text already bitmapped.  The Previewer that comes with it even does a good job of converting the blacks and whites to dull gray to mimic how they'd look on Amazon's e-ink devices. :)

You can download it here.

Comments

  • Oh, cool! Thanks Jason!
  • Just remember to read the details of the pricing plans very carefully. One takes a huge cut, and another takes a smaller cut but charges you a fee per MB when someone downloads the file, which for comics is quite a bit. Amazon givith, Amazon taketh away. 


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