It’s a very useful free tool for authors and self-publishers but the one drawback is that it formats and packages files ready for uploading to Kindle Direct Publishing rather than outputting a mobi file.
Kindle Create claims to be able to deal with Word files (docx or doc) and PDF files but I’ve found so far that although it will import PDF files it doesn’t seem to convert them ready for formatting. This is a beta version of the software so this might be a glitch that will be sorted out in the future.
For Word files, Kindle Create does a great job. It will break your document into chapter sections if it finds the appropriate headings and offers a wide range of fairly sophisticated formatting options, with all the usual items such as chapter titles, sub-titles and body text but also including drop caps and separators. It will also generate a table of contents.
Kindle Create imports Word files very quickly and efficiently and the elements and formatting aspects of the program are well laid out. There are only three fonts to choose from, which are Amazon’s own Ember sans serif and Bookerly serif typefaces plus a monospace font.
It’s all simple and easy to use. If at present you upload Word files to Kindle Direct Publishing for direct conversion to a mobi file then you should consider trying out Kindle Create as you’ll be able to get the book looking like you want it rather than relying on the default options of KDP conversion.
There is a Preview function in the program where you can see what your book will look like on Kindle devices and apps but it’s a shame there isn’t the ability to output a mobi file which you could then send to your Kindle for checking.
If you’re looking for a relatively simple alternative that can produce an ebook file then you should try out Calibre which offers a lot of options in terms of editing, HTML formatting and ebook conversion.
I use Jutoh for ebook production and I think it’s a fantastic program so I won’t be using Kindle Create a great deal but if you don’t want to face the learning curve of software such as Jutoh then Kindle Create is a good option.
You can download the Kindle Create software for PC or Mac (it’s about 190Mb for the PC) and learn more about using it at Amazon.com.