But if you like your Kindle ebooks to have basic web features like hyphenation and drop caps, I have some good news for you. On Monday Amazon released a new beta version of Kindle Previewer, the app that many developers use to convert Epub to Kindle ebooks.
It’s available for OSX and Windows, and can be downloaded from Amazon. This is a beta release and thus not for the faint of heart, but the changelog does give us at least one good reason to try it:
- Support for previewing books with Enhanced Typesetting and Bookerly
- New widget through which you can easily change the device type and orientation, navigate through the table of contents, and search within the book
- Simplified installer for Mac that does not require you to manually download and install Java and X11
- Full-page previews without having to scroll
- Ability to change the fonts during preview
- Separate navigation pane for quicker page navigation
- Faster text search, page navigation, and book re-open
Yes, the app will let you preview an ebook with the enhanced typography that Amazon added to the Kindle platform in may of last year.
It doesn’t say whether the app will let you _make_ the ebook with the enhanced typography, however.
Does anyone know if that works?
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In related news, Amazon has also released a new version of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines (PDF). This document details all of the tools you can use to make Kindle ebooks. According to its changelog the new set of guidelines have been updated:
• Reorganized document.
• Updated 2.2.2 Kindle Previewer Software
• Added 2.2.3 Kindle Textbook Creator
• Added 2.2.4 Kindle Comic Creator
• Added 2.2.5 Kindle Kids’ Book Creator
• Added 3 Comparing Formats
• Updated 9.3 Text Guidelines
• Added 12 Creating Fixed-Format Books Without Pop-ups
• Added Appendix A Enhanced Typesetting
image by Steve Nagata