Turn Your Children’s Book into a Stunning Kindle Book for Free with the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator | David ✏ Ault | Skillshare

Turn Your Children’s Book into a Stunning Kindle Book for Free with the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator

David ✏ Ault, The Writer Teacher

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3 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. An Introduction to this Class on the Kindle Kids' Book Creator

      0:59
    • 2. A Look at the Kindle Kids' Book Creator

      9:46
    • 3. A Look at Your Class Project

      0:45
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About This Class

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Turn Your Children’s Book into a Stunning Kindle Book for Free with the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator is part of the Writer’s Tools of the Trade series of classes on Skillshare, the aim of which is to provide self-published authors information on a set of tools to help in the creating, publishing and promoting of their books.

In this particular class, you will learn:

  • How to Create a New Book in the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator
  • How to Add a Text Pop-up within the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator
  • The Pros and Cons of the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator

So go ahead and enrol in my class and I look forward to seeing YOU on the inside.

Transcripts

1. An Introduction to this Class on the Kindle Kids' Book Creator: Hello there. My name is David James Salt, and I would like to welcome you to this skill share class, which will show you how to turn your Children's book into a stunning Kindle book for free with the Kindle Kids Book Creator. The class is actually part of the writers tools of the Trade Siris of classes on skill share, the aim of which is to provide self published authors information on a set of tools that help in the creating, publishing on from mounting of their boots. In this particular class, you will learn out to create a new books in the Kindle Kids Book Creator out. Add a textbook up with creator on the pros and cons of its creator. Go ahead and enrolled in my class. I look forward to seeing you from the inside. 2. A Look at the Kindle Kids' Book Creator: Here we are within the Kindle Kids Book Creator, which is a free software application by Amazon for creating Children's illustrated books. When you first open the Kindle Kids Book Creator, you are presented with the option of Ivor opening an existing book or creating a new kid's book. Later on, I shall preview the software by looking at a book that I've already created. But to begin with, let's click on the Create a new kid's book button straight away. You are presented with a getting started tutorial, which takes you through the three steps for creating a book and instead one you were told the different formats you can use to create your poop. Now the Kindle Kids Book Creator basically allows you to create books around a set of images. You are able to import images such as J pigs, tiffs and pings one by one. Or as Amazon recommends, you can create a PdF of your book yourself and then import this over in a single step. You can also create the individual images as pdf's, and that is how I have always used the software. I create the different pages for my book in the software program pages. And then I export the files as a PdF before I then import it into the Kindle Kids Book creator. Once you have added your images or imported the PdF of your book, you're then able to add an effect to your book that is native to the Kindle Kids Book Creator. And this is the ability to add text pop ups to give your book an interactive feel to it. You can apply this feature to text that already exists within the book, or you can add your text to the book within the Kindle Kids Book Creator. The final step is to them preview your completed book using the Kindle Preview a application, and once you're satisfied that everything looks as it should do, you can then save your book for publishing to KDP. Okay, once you've read the quick tutorial, you are able to get started by clicking on Continue on. The first step in creating your kid's book is to fill in the details of your book. Such is the title of the book and the author's name. Both these fields are required, so I'm going to fill in the details of a book I have already created, just for the purposes of this example. So type pain. The obedient prince and the author is David James Holt. The publisher is an optional field, but I shall type in bolt, earn it reality. You then need to choose the language of the book, and you can choose between English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Russian. So obviously all choose English here. And then, finally, you can choose where you want to save your book to now. I don't want it overwrite my existing book, so I'm going to choose to save to my desktop. Now you will have actually needed to have created an empty folder to save two. And here's the folder that I created earlier, and once you have chosen the empty folder to save to, you can then click on Continue. The next stage is to choose the type of layout. Do you want your book tohave? You can choose between a landscape orientation or a port trait orientation. I have only ever created books in a landscape orientation, as I think that is the best format for these pop up style books. So if I put it back to landscape. You will see that you have further options as to how your images will appear. You can choose toe, have two images side by sight or one image at a time. So let's select two images side by side. Why don't we choose to have the first page image to start on the right side? Like so? Won't you have chosen your books format? You can then click on, continue, but actually add the images. As I said before, you can choose to add an entire pdf. Oh, you can import a cover from a separate image file and then start adding the pdf pages from there. Now, I actually used the second option for the book. I'm going to show you, and I'm going to stop the video now and opened that book so that you can see what it looks like when all of the pdf pages have bean imported. Okay, so here we are, back again within the Kindle Kids Book creator, and we're looking at my book, The Obedient Prince on. Let me explain a little bit about where the obedient prince came from. It is actually one of the poems from my poetry book, The Cap from Berries Tales. I shall put a link to the book in the supplementary resources Now I wanted to create a graphical representation off that particular poem, and so I used the Kindle Kids Book Creator to achieve that. The illustrations of the book have all been sourced from royalty free stock images and are split between cat images from the General Prologue, which introduces Theo Bijan Prince and then Vector style illustrations for the obedient Prince story itself. So, as you can see, the book is made up from Siris of PdF's one for each page, and the text is actually being written when the original images were created. However, as you can see, I've also added the pop up text effect within the Kindle Kids Book creator for the pages that make up the obedient Prince. Part of the book, the pop up text effect basically creates a box on the page that your readers double tap toe open a text to pop up and the pop up contained larger text, the easier reading on smaller devices. If I click on view pop up, you can see how that works, and it really is quite simple. Toe. Add a pop up to your existing text. Let me delete this one so that I can show you. So you simply click on the add pop up icon over here on the left hand side. And then you could drag the pop up toe where you would like it to appear. So if I just position it over this first sentence and when the prince appeared and then click on where it says view pop up, I can now enter the text that I want to pop up. So if I write and when the prince appeared like so, Oh, now that looks a bit ugly so I can rearrange the shape of the box a little bit, Mike, but and now I created a little pop up for that particular piece of text. One last thing I would like to show you, which is actually one of the limitations of the software, as it stands in my opinion, and that is, you are unable to include links out from the book, so it is difficult to create an effective call to action. As you can see on this page, I have included a memorable u R l to try and get around that problem, uh, www dot the cap from Barry's tails dot com, but unfortunately, there is no way to add a link. Likewise, on the last page, I've got Mr Snuggles toe. Ask the reader for a review, but there is no way of linking to the review page. So this is something to bear in mind from a marketing perspective. That said, I think on the whole, the Kindle Kids Book Creator is a good piece of software for easily creating Children's illustrated books for the Kindle. And what's more, it is totally free. Okay, I think that just about wraps up this video on the Kindle Kids Book creator. Thank you for watching and good bye for now. 3. A Look at Your Class Project: Hello. In this short video, I'm going to talk about your class project for this course. Quite simply, Once you've completed each of the lectures in the class, I would like you to answer the following questions regarding the Kindle Kids Book Creator. Do you plan to use or have you ever used a kids book creator for one of your books? If yes, what is it in particular that you like about the kids? Hooked Creator? If no, then letters. Know why you should write down your answers and then post them to the project gallery. Good luck with your project on. I look forward to seeing your answers in the project gallery soon.