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Initial post: 3 Nov 2012 19:48:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Nov 2012 19:51:14 GMT
C Vald says:
Creating a children's picture book on the Kindle was quite an exciting adventure. After finishing the stories, a lot of time was spent with the illustrator to get the pictures to look as bright and vibrant as possible, rather time consuming when there was over 90 of them :)

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I am curious to know how other authors dealt with pictures in children's books on the kindle. I found the PNG format far better than JPG in retaining the quality of the image.

I also found that by placing the copyright information at the back of the book, we also managed to get a few more pages to appear in the download a sample option.

Have a lovely day


In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012 10:05:10 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012 10:08:11 GMT
Jan Kirby says:
Hi Charles,

Thank you for your post. I found it very interesting to read it as I have recently put an illustrated children's story called The Haunted Teeth up on kindle. Your idea of placing the copyright information at the back of the book sounds and excellent idea and something that I think I'll do in my book as at the moment the sample option only shows the first paragraph of my book!

Best of luck

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 10:20:05 GMT
C Vald says:
Hello Jan,

It can be beyond frustrating :) with the fixed 10% sample size given by kindle, especially with children's books.

All the best

Charles Vald

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 13:16:15 GMT
Eileen Ross says:
i have a children's book on Kindle called 'Christmas in Uganda'. All the proceeds are for charity as we build schools in Uganda.
I am looking for any ideas of how to advertise this more widely. Also, if anyone downloads is it downloading easily and is it easy to read?

Thanks Denise

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012 13:26:12 GMT
C Vald says:
Eileen, I can't seem to use 'look inside' to view a sample of your book.

Have you done the whole story as images with text embedded inside the pictures.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 21:50:13 GMT
Hi Denise,
We have a charity called, a branch of We are fund-raising for a school at the present time in Uganda, perhaps you could talk to our web designer about more publicity. He's called Scott Lawrence, or James Welch may have some ideas. I'll check you download.
Anne McCulloch

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 21:54:33 GMT
Hi Charles,

Is it bad thing to embed text into a picture file? I have embedded my text into .jpg files. I used photoshop and have made the size 900 pixels by 1100 pixels, They comes out at 600 -800 kb on disk. Is this too much?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 22:12:09 GMT

I found I could not download Christmas in Uganda because it was for Kindle Fire, Kindle Ipad only. I have Kindle app. on my computer and have downloaded many picture books without a problem. I found this very disappointing as i wanted to buy the book and support Uganda schools. Do you have a buy a hardcover of soft cover book option yet?


Posted on 7 Feb 2013 15:29:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Feb 2013 19:49:56 GMT
Kim D says:
I have 23 illustrations in my book - St Viper's School for Super Villains. The main problem I experienced with the ebook (St Viper's is available in multiple formats) is that i couldn't fix the illustrations to a certain point on the page (as there is no page as such). The type of ereader used, the chosen font size and the font itself change where the illustrations appear on the screen. I think it's particularly problematic with the age group I write for (7+), as the illustrations break up the text for these new readers. Children and their parents seem to like the ebook version, but I much prefer the finish of the physical book.
With best wishes

Posted on 8 Feb 2013 08:16:04 GMT
Thanks Kim, I'll try out some samples before publishing as the print size is important for young readers. I noticed in some illustrated stories the text within the illustration was very small and could not be enlarged. Now I know taking the text out of the illustration causes problems too.

Posted on 10 Feb 2013 23:28:20 GMT
Molly's Vote says:
Hello there,

With my book 'Molly's Vote' my illustrator was a bit of a tech chic and it was all so easy to change from PDF TO MOBI. I intend to use the same procedure with my upcoming book 'Mr. Headmaster' and have the illustrator on high alert should anything back fire. Like that putting the copyright page at the back but guess everyone here is trying to stick to the layout as stated by Amazon...agree 10 percent sample pages not enough.

Posted on 11 Feb 2013 11:47:33 GMT
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Posted on 11 Feb 2013 11:49:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Feb 2013 11:51:10 GMT
C Vald says:
The cover to Molly's Vote is beautiful, hello Kim free flowing text is a bit of a nightmare in our book

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it took a lot of time to make it look good on kindle eink, fire and ipad without huge gaps when a picture appeared.

All the best and hope you have lots of sells :)


Posted on 25 Feb 2013 21:37:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Feb 2013 21:39:07 GMT
J. Carydice says:
I also, have recently published a kindle children's picture book called 'Aaron Apple and the Rain', and am trying to promote it. The book (which is my first ever publication), will eventually be part of a series: The Alphabetical fruit and veg bunch, which readers (to date) have defined as fun, interesting and educational: you can see reviews of the paperback version if you visit

I would like to point out that I am new to this field, which makes me a complete novice to the publishing world. So any advice you have available, would be very highly appreciate.

Also, I saved my illustrations as jpeg documents and have noticed their is a black line shadowing the left side of each picture. How can I remove this? (as it only occurs in the kindle version of my book)


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