With the adoption of Amazon’s Kindle, eBooks can be available for immediate viewing on a large number of computing devices. If only it was as easy as pressing a “Make Kindle eBook” button in  Adobe InDesign CC. Exporting to EPUB and using unsupported third-party tools won’t produce the quality results customers expect. We can help with Kindle book (and iBooks) transformation from your InDesign book files.

InDesign to Kindle EBOok Production

The Magic of Kindle eBooks


The process is a combination of automation and manual intervention. Ultimately, the entire manuscript needs to be converted to a Kindle Create project. Kindle Create can then publish the book as a KPF file for uploading into your KDP account for posting on the Amazon Kindle site. Once uploaded, users can purchase it for instant reading on a variety of systems: Mac, Kindle, Windows, and iPad.


There are manuscript issues that can be difficult to resolve: inline graphics, special characters, lists, and tables. If you aren’t familiar with frontmatter and backmatter, a Kindle book won’t be easily searchable by interested purchasers.


And what about the quality of a converted book on the Kindle? Well, there are plenty of customer reviews yelling about the poor quality of Kindle eBook they just downloaded. This includes odd page formatting, fuzzy graphics, or a book layout that is nothing like the original printed book.

Our Process


A Kindle book requires adherence to paragraph styles that give the user flexibility when they read an eBook. If your book incorporates graphics, Kindle requires specific minimums for bit-depth resolution and size.


To make matters worse, the Kindle Create app can only import Word document documents (DOC/DOCX). As a result, InDesign (INDB) and Acrobat (PDF) documents can’t be “readily” used by Kindle Create for text-oriented eBooks.


That’s where our process takes over:

We have developed a 100-page internal “playbook” that serves as a step-by-step set of procedures to produce a professional Kindle eBook using the Kindle Create app. Eventually, we will create a Udemy course describing how to convert  InDesign reflowable text book into a Kindle eBook.

We Can Help You Publish


Once your book is completed, we can help convert it to Kindle format for uploading to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) system.


The real work is in the planning and cleaning up of your InDesign book so that it can be properly imported into the Kindle Create app. Since unforeseen issues can occur during the process, we plan using a min/max range of effort. For example, a recent 64-page InDesign book project was estimated to be completed in the range between 20 and 30 hours of work:

(This specific project actually took 24 hours to complete from beginning to end.) When a consulting project has completed, you’ll receive a “Quick Guide” on how to use the Kindle Create app.


This is a one-way conversion.The project is packaged into a logical subfolder structure mimicking the steps used in the conversion. You can then update the book yourself for future editions. Further updates to your book must be performed in both InDesign and Kindle Create.

A Sample eBook


The thumbnail below represents sample pages of a converted InDesign book on a Kindle Paperwhite reader. This eBook was produced using the Kindle Create app from a book originally created with InDesign. Notice the simplicity: no headers, no footers, no page numbers, and not much content on any page:

To view a sample eBook of ours on Amazon's Kindle store, click/tap the Kindle mock up below:

What About On-Demand Paperback Printing?


KDP also offers an on-demand printing capability to print paperbacks of your book. For that to happen, your book must comply with Amazon’s stringent guidelines: bleeds, text outside of safe zones, poor graphics rendering, and so on.






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