Creating a Free Kindle-Compatible eBook: Part 4

June 22, 2012
Author Article Book Technology

4. Compiling the eBook

Now at last we get to the bit that you have been waiting for! We are going to compile the eBook. To do this, we need to use the Mobi Creator, so launch that bad boy now.

On the opening screen, click “Blank publication”.

On this second screen, fill in a brief name for the title. This does not have to be the same as you will put on the cover. Also, work out what folder you want your eBook files to be in. Then click Create.

On the next screen, add the publication file or files. This is where you add your cleaned html files.

On the left hand side, select the second option, which is the Cover Image.

Click on the “Add a cover image” button, and select your cover image.

Once your cover image has been added, click update. Then click on Table of Contents.

As this is a small book, I am only going to have the first level of contents. This level is going to look for the <h1> tag. If you had different h1 tags, you could specify an attribute and a value, if you wished. For example, the main title could be <h1 id=”maintitle”> while the chapter headings were <h1 id=”chapterheading”>. The id attribute and its value could be used to help the Table of Contents wizard find the right headings. When complete, click update.

In the Book Settings section, you simply need to define the book as an eBook. No other changes are required. Now select the Metadata.

Don't forget to choose a Main Subject and fill in a price. I am going to give the eBook a perceived value of $5, even though I am giving it away free. Also, for a free book like this, you do not need an ISBN number. These numbers are not necessary, in any case, though if you wanted to sell your book through a major retailer, they would probably not stock it without one. However, for as free book, it is not worth the hassle.

Don't forget to fill in the description. If you also have a review, then put something in that box too. Ignore the DRM box like the plague. If we wanted to put DRM on this book, we would have used the easier wizards on the Amazon website.

Click update. Nothing else is needed in the Guide section, unless you want to go to the trouble of designing an index.

At this point, it might be safe to save your work before proceeding.

Now we are ready to click on the Build button. Select Standard Compression, and No Encryption.

Click Build.

Although I could view the book in the Mobipocket Reader, I would rather use the Kindle Reader. So, I select “Open Folder containing eBook”, and double-click on the .prc file.

If you find any errors, just go back through these stages, make the corrections, reload the files and build the eBook again.

The eBook is now ready to be deployed.

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