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Amazon Launches Self-Publishing App, Kindle Textbook Creator

Amazon Launches Self-Publishing App, Kindle Textbook Creator

Amazon has released the Kindle Textbook Creator, an app that makes it easier for publishers to create textbooks for others to view on a variety of devices.

With the help of Kindle Textbook Creator, said educators can "easily prepare, publish, and promote eTextbooks and other educational content for students to access on a broad range of devices, including Fire tablets, iPad, iPhone, Android smartphones and tablets, Mac, and PC," according to a press release.

Educators and authors, the release said, "can use the public beta of Amazon’s new Kindle Textbook Creator tool to easily turn PDFs of their textbooks and course materials into Kindle books. Once the book is ready, authors can upload it to KDP in just a few simple steps to reach students worldwide."

“Kindle Textbook Creator makes it easy for anyone to take any PDF and create a richly featured and widely available eTextbook,” said Chuck Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing in the release. “We look forward to seeing how authors use the new tool and getting their feedback to guide us in adding more features to KDP EDU over time.”

According to the release, "books created with Kindle Textbook Creator offer features for students and other readers that enhance the learning experience, including:

  • Multi-Color Highlighting—Highlight and categorize key concepts for easy reference.
  • Notebook—Capture key passages, images and bookmarks and automatically add them to the notebook. Students can add their own notes and easily access them from one location.
  • Flashcards—Create flashcards and study important terms, concepts, and definitions in each chapter with a simple, easy-to-use interface.
  • Dictionary—Find definitions and Wikipedia information for difficult terms to improve retention.
  • Buy Once, Read Everywhere—Read eTextbooks on the most popular devices students use, including Fire tablets, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones, Mac, and PC.

“I’m in love with Kindle Textbook Creator! It’s a great solution for the issues I had with converting many of my math-intensive print books to Kindle format,” said Chris McMullen, author of Full Color Illustrations of the Fourth Dimension in the release. “Educational content often includes many equations, graphs, and tables. Kindle Textbook Creator made it easy for me to convert the print version of my geometry book to Kindle and reach even more readers.”

Learn more about the Kindle Textbook Creator here. See the full release here.

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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