Convert PDF Files To Kindle-Friendly Format

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Hey Fellow Warriors

Anyone of you here know if there's any software (that can be used in Mac OS) which will allow me to convert a PDF file to one that is Kindle-friendly?

Appreciate your help... Thanks!


Cheers
Jun Yuan
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    You really don't want to do that!!

    Anything that purports to create Kindle files from PDF's should be avoided like the plague! The conversion is not that straightforward.

    Kindle files are usually created with Amazon's DTP (Digital Text Platform), and while PDF is one of the listed input formats your results will be less than stellar - certainly not something you'd ever want to show anyone! If it's only a file for yourself (i.e. you don't intend to distribute or market it) than it may suffice.

    Best results are achieved by inputting HTML into DTP, specifically the HTML created by MS Word.

    If you have no intention of selling your resulting file then you could also use MobiPocket Creator to make a Kindle-compatible file.

    Bill
  • Profile picture of the author KirkMcD
    Like he said, Save it from Word as HTML and feed that to the Kindle.
  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Hi Jun

    Once again you will not have good results using a PDF as a master for the Kindle.

    If you have the master of your book in Word format then that is the way to go. Aside from letting you convert to HTML (which is essential for a good Kindle experience) it also allows you to format the book in other formats (such as ePub) using SmashWords, and that in turn will permit you to sell it to owners of other eReaders such as the Sony PRS or B&N Nook.

    Other things you want to watch out for are fancy formatting and page numbers. Don't go overboard in formatting your Kindle book with multiple fonts, Kindle readers have the option of changing the font style and size. And that same ability makes page numbers meaningless. The lack of page numbers means formatting your book with a hyperlinked table of contents, again Word is good for this.

    If you have any charts or tables in your book you may want to reformat them using graphics, the resizing ability mentioned above can play havoc with HTML tables.

    And finally, if you are selling on the Kindle Store remember that your book should allow a "preview chapter", generally the first one. So write it so the first chapter intrigues the reader enough to consider purchasing it, and if its "ten steps to becoming a billionaire" don't give them all away in the preview chapter!

    Hope this helps

    Bill
  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Glad I could help, I have been immersed in Kindle publishing for a few months now for a project I am working on. If you get stuck shoot me a message and I will see if I can assist.

    You probably have these, but if not get a hold of these essential documents:

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/kindlegen/Am...elinesV1.3.pdf

    Smashwords - Smashwords Style Guide - A book by Mark Coker

    The second is the formatting guide for SmashWords, a service that can get your book published for Sony PRS, Apple iPad and B&N Nook eReader users (and others as well).

    One other consideration if you are serious about selling on the Kindle is the cover image - it has to meet certain size and quality standards or Amazon DTP will reject it. Best bet is to get a professional graphics artist to take care of it. On Kindle people really do judge (and buy) a book on its cover!

    Also it is a very good idea to have an experienced editor look over your book before you publish on DTP or SmashWords. Treat it as if it were a book being published for your local library or bookstore - in a very real sense it is!

    And you can also format your content for CreateSpace, making a real printed paperback book complete with ISBN number available for sale on Amazon. And these are first class books, not the laser-printed Lulu variety. No inventory to stock, and you get the profits from every sale on Amazon. BTW - If you do go that route you can save a few dollars by purchasing your own ISBN number instead of using their service. Just Google and you'll find a number of services that do this.

    Finally use both your Kindle & CreateSpace books to leverage your position on the Amazon Authors page that publishing there entitles you to.

    Best of luck with your book, I'd love to see how it turns out!

    Bill
  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Hi Jun

    Yes SmashWords is insistent upon original content. And Amazon is also changing its tune here - they used to allow you to upload Public Domain works but now don't permit it if the work has been uploaded to Kindle previously. So put aside any plans to make money off of a Kindle version of "Think and Grow Rich" or "Scientific Advertising" - you're too late!

    In a sense this is a good thing, if Kindle and Nook eBooks got the reputation as being just a pile of PLR and regurgitated trash (not that I equate the two) then the marketplace would suffer. By insisting upon original content the marketplace will grow with quality content, which makes for happy consumers.

    The 9.99 price is the "sweet spot" that many Kindle authors set their work at - most Kindle readers balk at paying more. Amazons 70% offer is actually great, it used to be 35% and it used to be only for US Publishers. Now its 70% (in the 2.99 - 9.99 price range) for publishers worldwide. A great part of the deal is that if Amazon puts your Kindle book on sale you are still paid based upon the price you set, not the price they sell it for.

    As for selling a lot of IM books I'm not so sure - and of course you should note that the following is strictly my own opinion, so I may be out to lunch here! But I view the Kindle marketplace as similar to the traditional book marketplace. And in the traditional book market IM books don't do that well, with a few notable exceptions (Perry Marshall's AdWords book and Rosalind Gardner's Super Affiliate Guide are two exceptions that come to mind). I can walk into my local book store or library and find 10 Italian cookbooks or European Travel Guides for every IM-related book.

    Internet Marketers are also used to getting their information on PDF files that they can read on their computer (yes I know there is a free Kindle reader for PC, Mac & Linux). They also get a lot of info for free,and enjoy videos as well. Not too many of them get their information from printed books, and I don't think they will necessarily make the move to the Kindle.

    But again the above is my own opinion - perhaps you'll become the IM Guru of the Kindle world. If you do feel free to rub it in my face!

    Best of luck

    Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author caseyzeman
    Hi Jun, you should also put your product up on Clickbank.

    Bill I am very interested to talk to you about Kindle as well. I had the exacts same questions as Jun. Thank God i checked the history before posting the same question. I am looking for someone to do the submitting for my book. Do you know anyone who will do the converting and possibly the cover as well?
  • Profile picture of the author RichardHK
    Bill,

    You're a wonderful example of the truly amazing human beings on these Warrior Forums who do not hesitate to jump in and help others get things done. Great, specific, and voluminous advice on Kindle and other eBook issues. Well written and most valuable. Thanks.

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