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Amazon’s introduces the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator

On Sep 3, 2014 Amazon introduced Kindle Kids’ Book Creator. Amazon has offered tools for authors to publish their own books for a while but kids books are a completely different product. In the past making ebooks has been fairly simple because it’s just been flowing text into a e-book program (this is an over simplifyication), but tons of bright and colorful images as well as type that is a bit more playfully laid out, makes picture books completely different than a textbook. This is where Amazon’s new tool, the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator comes into play. It’s a free tool for authors and publishers to turn their children’s picture books into a digital version for use on the Amazon Kindle line of products. Which sounds great if you’re happy with only publishing on the Kindle store. “Kindle Kids’ Book Creator makes it easy for authors and publishers to import artwork, add text to pages, and preview how their book will look on Kindle devices.” says Amazons page for this product. Amazon’s new piece of software is available to download from their site and supports both Mac and PC. Chapter books can be imported using the following formats: Word’s doc/docx, HTML, Mobi, and of course ePub. Import formats available for Illustrated books are: PDF, PNG, JPG, TIFF, and PPM.

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“Authors want to focus on telling great stories and we want to help them do that. No one should have to be a computer programmer to create a beautiful, illustrated Kindle book for kids,” said Russ Grandinetti, Senior Vice President, Kindle.

Alongside this new piece of software Amazon also opened a new section in their Digital self publishing platform called Kindle Direct Publishing Kids. This new section was created to help authors prepare, publish and promote both illustrated and chapter books in Kindle Stores worldwide. KDP Kids also offers authors better age and grade recommendations so their customers can more easily choose the best books for their kids. You can read the full press release here.

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  • Norm GrockNORM GROCKContributor, Founder

    Having grown up on the shores of Maui, Hawaii, Norm has always had a love for drawing. Since leaving the Islands’ beautiful beaches and landing in Oregon he went to college and received a degree in graphic design. Now living in Beaverton, Oregon, Norm has been working as a full-time graphic designer and illustrator for the last 12 years. He has spent countless hours perfecting his craft as a freelance illustrator working on several children’s books, a few video games and creating numerous educational products. His ability to draw has given him the chance to do the thing he truly loves — Create.

Robot Media is Trying to Make Creating Digital Children’s Books Easy

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As we all know, the last couple of years the publishing industry has started to move more to the digital side of publishing. Leaving us illustrators that don’t have any or very little coding skills trying to find ways to get are content out there. But what if anyone could create interactive children’s books for tablets and mobile? Well thats the question Barcelona’s Robot Media is trying to answer.

Right now on Robot Media‘s website you can sign up for an invite to get the beta of their application, Storybuilder. Storybuilder is an award-winning (Publishing Innovation Awards) desktop application made to produce stand alone children’s and comic book apps for mobile devices. With 3 million downloads and content from publishers like Random House and HarperCollins Robot Media could be on its way to becoming the industry’s leading interactive picture book platform. The “Storybuilder” tool provides “everything an author needs to build a rich, interactive, animated book as easy as creating a Powerpoint presentation” says the companies founder Hermes Pique.

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So what’s in it for Robot Media? Their model sees them take 30% of what is left after Apple’s or Google’s 30% app store commission.

I’ve downloaded the Storybuilder application and I’m playing around with it now. Not a lot to report yet, but I will give it a full review when the app gets out of beta. As of now the software beta is only for Mac. No word of it coming to other operating systems. If you are interested about the software, you can sign up for the beta at littlerobot.com to try it for yourself.