KindleGen 2.8 Build 0208

A simple utility that will enable you to quickly generate personalized e-books that can be made available for the users of Amazon's Kindle platform
Creating e-books that can be made available for purchase through one of the most well-known online platforms may sound like a daunting task. However, if you get a hold of the appropriate software, the whole process can be actually very simple.

For those who prefer a 'quick-and-dirty' tool that can get the job done without going through several windows, tabs and complex configurations, KindleGen might be exactly what you're looking for.

This particular application doesn't even have a GUI and can be deployed only via command-line, but this should not be an impediment for the more advanced users. Beginners, on the other hand, may be daunted by taking on such a challenge, at least until they realize that when opening KindleGen everything is explained quite clearly.

This utility is able to handle a variety of formats for input documents, including HTML, EPUB and OPF. It can even handle directories and ZIP archives as source, but only for ever-eXtending Mobile Document Format e-books or XMDF, in short, and FictionBook files (FB2).

With KindleGen the e-books can be created with standard DOC or Kindle huffdic compression, but, just as well, they can remain uncompressed if necessary. In case you want to get as much feedback as possible during the actual conversion, you can add the 'verbose' parameter to the string of commands.

A nice feature of this app is the ability to have all the pictures in the book converted to GIF images, which will save some space and help keep the overall size of the e-book as low as possible. Also, if you want the messages to be displayed in other languages, the localization function of this tool makes this possible.

The conclusion is that the only way to appreciate what KindleGen is all about is to put it to the test. The processing is done quite fast and the results are as accurate as the input allows it.

Reviewed by on December 17th, 2013


last updated on:
May 30th, 2013, 9:50 GMT
file size:
2.5 MB
price:
FREE!
developed by:
Amazon.com, Inc.
license type:
Freeware
operating system(s):
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit / 2003
category:
C: \ Authoring tools \ Help & e-book creators

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KindleGen - KindleGen will help you build eBooks that can be sold through Amazon's Kindle platform
What's New in This Release:
  • Support for converting XMDF file format has been added. Refer Kindle Publishing Guidelines for more info
  • Support for epub3 toc nav element has been added. This is equivalent to the navMap element in the NCX (also known as NCX toc). Epub3 toc nav element is preferred over NCX navMap element, if both are given. But if the Nav HTML is not specified according to the specification, we will try to fall back to NCX if one exists. If we cannot fallback to NCX, then we would error out. Refer here for more info about EPUB3 toc nav specification
  • Support for epub3 landmarks nav element has been added. This is equivalent to the OPF guide element. Epub3 landmarks nav element is preferred over OPF guide element, if both are given. Refer here for more info about EPUB3 landmarks nav specification
  • Support for specifying the following metadatas in epub3 format
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Application description

The KindleGen application was developed to be a command line tool used to create ebooks that can be sold through Amazo...

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