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Kindle Export Plug-in for InDesign CS6 Released! — 18 Comments

  1. Hi,

    Nested tables are supported by kindle plugin. I just created one and exported the same using the plugin. Also regarding insets within box, I just selected the text frame with border greater than 1px and added insets using “Text Frame Options>Inset Spacing”. This worked too.


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  6. hi:

    I have converted to mobi using Indesign. I have a desktop Kindle app for my mac and when I open the file it looks good. Fonts are there because they are installed on my computer. When I send it to my iPad it is all messed up. So does the plugin embed or not or what am I doing wrong. During the process to convert it shows me the fonts it is embedding.

  7. I have exactly the same problem. Embedded fonts only work on the Fire. Non of the desktop or tablet apps support embedded fonts. It’s a major problem. If you find someone to talk to at Amazon, bug them. I haven’t found anyone.

  8. I have converted a word file to Kindle by using the Kindlegen. I have used word wrapping around an image and it looks good on the desktop Kindle app for my PC.

    When I send it to my iPad it is all messed up and only one word is wrapped around the picture. Any idea how to overcome this

  9. Sorry I responded so quickly. To fix this you’ll need to crack the ePUB and fix the code. Liz Castro shows how in her book “EPUB Straight to the Point”. I don’t do code. If I can’t make it work straight out of InDesign I do not use that feature. Most of it is solved when you realize that you are using 72 dpi images so you better be using 600 pixel wide images to get enough detail to be able to see the image. You do not have to worry about text wraps on full frame width images.

  10. Thanks, David.
    I am publishing a technical book with lots of images and tables.

    I had read earlier in one of the Kindle self publishing guidelines that the images should be around 800 pixels wide. Hence, I redrew all images to be around this size. So, like you pointed out – there is no need in this size.

    However, when i was reading the Kindle publishing guidelines for Indesign plug-in, it says that images should be 500 to 600 pixels wide. So I am now confused. Which will ultimately look good in the final Kindle version.

    Also, is the Kindle app for Mac a good simulator for the actual version.

  11. The 500×600 pixel size surprised me also, but I’ve learned to just do what they ask. Also make sure your JPEG is less than 127K or they will “Optimize it”. I just uploaded a book with 120 images all sized to 600 pixels wide [I kept them less than 500 pixels tall] and I had no trouble that I know of.

    I use the Kindle Previewer to check out my KF8 files. That’s the best I have (without buying a Kindle Fire [which I do not want]). It seems to work fine. At least I’ve heard no complaints.

  12. I self-published a print book last year using InDesign CS3 (tough learning curve that!) and it came out well. I want to upgrade to CS6 (not cloud) and basically want to know if Kindle have a plug-in for CS6 and will my new 240 p. book of my art convert to eBook form. The files are huge and the ID file is at 1.7GB and 180 pages. My understanding is that when KDP converts the print book, the file sizes are downsized to screen resolution.
    What immediate problems will I face with CS6 vs Kindle? And, will CS6 handle files done in CS3?
    Thanks, Jim

  13. CS6 should be able to open CS3 files. The largest problem is converting all your graphics so they are 600 pixels wide @ 72 dpi. Kindle will only take files that are 127K. If they are larger than that Amazon will resample them and ruin them. You want to do the resampling yourself in Photoshop. You can make them look as good as possible.

    The Kindle Export Plug-in for CS6 works very well.

  14. Using these numbers, a max image size on the page would be (e.g.) 4″ x 2″ at 72 dpi (121.5K). This is no good for a book say, 8″ x 10″, the images would be way too small.(?) I will have over 200 images to convert in PS.

    Thanks for your prompt reply, David


  15. Thanks for the information. I am diving into the world of ebooks. I want it to be able to be read on Kindle. My book is a short children’s book with large pictures and little text at the bottom. I do not want this text be be flowable text. whenever I export it, it keeps the text formatting on the device. Is my best bet to put text onto my image in photoshop, flatten all and save as a GIF? Or is there a better way?

  16. PDF is definitely the best for this. The are fixed-layout ePUBs, but I do not know how well they embed fonts. I haven’t tried one yet.

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