Kindle Create App Out of Beta

Amazon’s app for making Kindle ebooks, Kindle Create, is out of beta.

Originally launched in April, Kindle Create is Amazon’s 4th Kindle ebook making app (the other three are  Kindle Kids Book Creator, Kindle Textbook Creator, and Kindle Comics Creator).

Kindle Create is a Windows and macOS app that helps you transform your manuscript into a project file that you can upload to Amazon and sell as a Kindle ebook. (It doesn’t actually make an ebook you can read directly on your Kindle or smartphone.)

The app works with DOC or DOCX files, and automatically identifies details like formatting and headers, turning them into chapter headings, a TOC, etc.

It comes with 4 default templates for formatting a book, and they can be customized to suit your preferences.

I’ve been playing with it for a few minutes, and once I figured out how to change the default formatting I found it really easy to use. It automatically handles reformatting all chapter headings, or subheadings, etc, saving me from having to make sure that I missed just one of seventeen chapter titles.

Edit: No, I was wrong. I thought it was changing the formatting on all examples of, say, a chapter heading but that did not happen.

It’s a shame that this app can’t make a Kindle ebook, though. While it does have a simulator which is supposed to show you what an ebook looks like on a tablet, Kindle, or smartphone, it is better to test on the real thing. I have heard too many horror stories from developers about ebooks that break in just one Kindle app – and nowhere else – to trust simulators. (Plus, I need tools I can use for myself, not as free labor for Amazon.)

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Bob Luedtke4 December, 2017

    Can you run the resulting project file through Kindlegen or Previewer to create the ebook?

    1. Nate Hoffelder4 December, 2017

      Not with KindleGen (I tried).

  2. Sirjoh5 December, 2017

    The worst shame is to be locked to close platforms. E.g. Microsoft and Apple.

  3. Will Entrekin5 December, 2017

    “It doesn’t actually make an ebook you can read directly on your Kindle or smartphone.”

    That seems like a really weird way to do this. I remember trying KC, and I liked it a lot, but I don’t remember if I tried generating anything; I must not have, because if I had and discovered that the end result wasn’t a .mobi or .prc I could just upload to KDP, I would have scratched my head. It’s odd they wouldn’t just bake Mobipocket Creator’s generation into this.

    But then, I’m happy with Vellum. Wicked great piece of software.

    1. Nate Hoffelder5 December, 2017

      Amazon is closing its ecosystem

      1. Will Entrekin5 December, 2017

        How do you mean? Not accepting anything besides these project files for upload to KDP?

        1. Nate Hoffelder5 December, 2017

          They are making tools which can’t be used to make ebooks to be sold elsewhere. It’s an incremental step toward closing their ecossytem.

    2. Sharon5 December, 2017

      Unless you don’t have a Mac. Yeah, yeah, go ahead and tell me I’m not a ‘real’ writer if I don’t have a Mac. I’ve got my fingers in my ear and a curse on my lips.

      1. Will Entrekin5 December, 2017

        It’s great software whether you have a Mac or not. I use a Mac because I like them, and it’s happy coincidence that Vellum and iTunes Producer (which enables direct upload to the iBookstore) are Mac-only software. I used to have to run a Windows virtual machine to use Mobipocket Creator to generate PRC files.

        I’m glad those days are over.

        1. Nate Hoffelder6 December, 2017

          I don’t think there is a Vellum Windows app.

          1. Will Entrekin6 December, 2017

            I think you’re right. It’s great software. Just runs on Macs only. (For now? Scrivener started Mac only, too, didn’t it?)

  4. Susan K. Stewart14 December, 2017

    I’ve been playing with Kindle Create for a few days. You mention customizing the templates. Are you referring to the formatting options in the text options column? I didn’t find a way to tinker with the template itself. I had to go through and change each element, say a sub-head, throughout the document.

    1. Nate Hoffelder14 December, 2017

      I think you’re right. It doesn’t work the way I thought.

      my mistake

      1. Susan K. Stewart14 December, 2017

        Thanks, Nate. I thought I missed something. This app is not really ready for prime time.

        1. Nate Hoffelder14 December, 2017

          No, it’s not ready. This is a basic feature.

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