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Formatting Comics for the Kindle and Nook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Images and Ebooks

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Formatting comics and image-heavy eBooks can be a confusing and sometimes frustrating task. Every e-reader on the market has a different screen size, meaning that as a creator/publisher, you have to format your comic multiple times.

UPDATE: This ebook includes new processes for preparing your comic for the Nook, using our new, resizable ePub template (available as a free download when you buy this ebook).

This how-to guide covers how to prepare your comic pages or other images for the two biggest e-readers on the market: Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook and Nook Color.

Written by the creative team for the ground-breaking digital comic IN MAPS & LEGENDS (artist Niki Smith and writer Michael Jasper), this eBook covers how to convert the images for your comic into the Kindle and Nook formats, and how to package those images in the most effective manner for those two formats.

The creators also share what they have learned about digital comic distribution for sites other than and

Table of Contents:
Part 1: Preparing Graphics
- Adjusting for a Smaller Screen
- Tweaking the Text Size
- Adjusting Image Legibility, and Deciding on Grayscale vs Color
- Setting Pixel Dimensions for Kindle
- Setting Pixel Dimensions for Nook
- Adjusting the File Size
- Streamlining the Formatting Process
- Creating the Cover
Part 2: Uploading Your eBooks
- Uploading Your Comic for the Kindle
- Uploading Your Comic for the Nook
Part 3: Working with Digital Distributors
About the Creators

Each chapter is accompanied by step-by-step screenshots to help you format your images and put together your Kindle and ePub files. This ebook is essential reading for anyone who may have an image-heavy book to turn into an eBook -- from a comic book to a coffee table book to a kids picture book, to a photo book or art book.

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November 14th, 2013
I think it was outdated. It said the maximum size of a picture for Kindle was 525x640 pixels. My understanding is that the higher definition Kindles have resolutions up to 1600x2560. Perhaps I'm wrong. And does Amazon charge 15 cents per MB? That would [...]
November 16th, 2012
Great book, a must have for any one trying to get there comics digitally published. [...]
July 12th, 2011
Shorter than I thought it would be, but had some good info. I don't think the size of a file is as important as the author suggests either. [...]
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