- April 26, 2016
The Research section of the Archives has at long last been reconstructed from the ashes of the previous website, along with a few new ebook files for download. Delve down into the Archive shelves to find a wealth of free resource materials for a thorough study of the Old Norse myths and their development up through Richard Wagner's famous opera cycle.
- September 1, 2015
The results of a round of testing for the Kindle iOS app have been added to the Kindle Fixed Layout Functionality Chart, with the errant features being noted and discussed in a new set of footnotes. This is the first time the iOS app has been tested, using the .azk file produced by Kindle Previewer. The degree of functionality makes it possible to test moderately complex layouts now, but a number of peculiar features make it less than ideal for advanced region magnification functions. See the chart for details.
- August 27, 2015
Two new Kindle sample files are available for download from the Tutorial Index & Resources page, where all Samples and Templates currently available have been gathered for ease of access. There is both an 8-page "Comic" sample with single and two-page spread layouts, showing both the possibilities and limitations of that book-type. A more detailed 16-page sample file shows all the advanced features possible when no book-type value is entered. These include both image and text pop-ups used for both magnification and to switch one set of content for another. Examples include bilingual text, interactive image animation, and Panel View for guided comic reading. This sample is based on the Advanced Template, but has some new features included.
- August 23, 2015
For the second time this year the Kindle Fixed Layout Functionality Chart has been updated due to changes in the various Kindle reading systems. A thorough round of testing has been undertaken to determine how the latest system updates have affected functionality in fixed layouts, and some of those changes are significant, whether for good or ill. A new Change Log has been added just above the chart to make it easier to see what's happened since the last updates, as well as a new row denoting the latest OS version tested for each device. Additional notes pertaining to these changes have been added to the commentary as well.
- August 17, 2015
An updated, 4-page iBooks Template is available for free download on the iBooks Tutorials page, and the full 8-part tutorial has been revised and updated to include the new features added to the template, which incorporate more of the EPUB3 changes made in iBooks 3.0, as previously discussed in the Part 8 addendum. In addition, a new 10-page iBooks fixed layout sample file has been made available on the Formatting Services page, showcasing some of the more advanced features that can be done, including Read Aloud, embedded audio and video, animations, and interactive objects. While these additional features are not discussed in the tutorial, the full code is present in the sample file for your inspection, should you wish to include any of these in your own projects.
- August 12, 2015
Fixed layout iBooks and Kindle ebook formatting services are now officially available. Until now this has all been done via word of mouth and queries from readers of the blog and formatting manual, but a page has now been added to this site with details and a FAQ for those who are interested. For full details click on the "Services" tab on the menu bar above, and use the Contacts form to forward any queries or questions you might have.
- January 24, 2015
There have been some updates to the Art Gallery, including a few new pages for the Ring Saga cover art and a small gallery of images for the Kindle tutorial book and templates, featuring Rusty and LucyLoo. These are just a sampler to get started, and many more will be added in due time, including an expansion of the Ring Saga archives: the Research files will again be available for download, and additional notes and artwork will be uploaded. You can get to the new content via the Art Gallery link on the home page, or the new menu links on the Archives drop-down at the top.
- January 19, 2015
How To Make Kindle Comics & Children's Books has been updated to include the recent changes made by Amazon in the Kindle Publishing Guidelines. These include primarily the new recommendation not to add a "start reading" location, and not to include an HTML cover page, both of which have been recommended in the book since its publication. A number of other minor changes and revisions have been made, mostly in the form of interlinear notes on additional Kindle format changes. All hyperlinks have been checked and updated to point to the new tutorial resource archive housed on this site. And finally, additional Kindle menu links have been added to the book to make navigation easier.
- January 17, 2015
A new "Tutorials" tab has been added to the menu, leading to an index of resources for ebook formatting. These consist of both the 8-part iBooks tutorial and full 12-part Kindle fixed layout tutorial, now posted online in its complete form for the first time in over a year. Both have been moved here from the blog in order to have a permanent residence and index, and have been slightly revised and updated, although not extensively. The four charts that form the Appendices of the published book are also now linked from the index, and will be updated as necessary.
- July 29, 2014
This page has been added as an extended archive of changes made to the site for ease of reference. The intention is to make it easier to see what's new since your last visit, and quickly find any added content. The "News Archives" link in at the bottom of the Latest Updates section on the Home Page now leads here rather than to the Blog. A link to this page has also been added to the header menu, which itself has been updated for the sake of brevity.
- May 28, 2014
How To Make Kindle Comics & Children's Books has been updated and revised to include new changes made by Amazon to the image file size allowance. While the changes to the book are relatively few, their importance is significant, as the ability to includes images of up to 5 Mb each in size has many ramifications, from overall book file size to bandwidth fees charged by Amazon. These issues are addressed in detail in the book.
- May 28, 2014
Purchase of How To Make Kindle Comics & Children's Books from this website now includes the ePub edition in the zip archive at no extra charge. You now get three formats for the price of one! If you have already bought this title here, you can re-download the zip file from the link received when purchased. If you need this link re-sent, please drop a line via the Contact form.
- November 27, 2013
The Research, Art, and Appendices sections have been redesigned for easier reference, and include new e-text downloads, additional artwork, and notes never seen before. These are now fairly thorough, and contain many new surprises, so be sure to follow all the bookshelf links!