Amazon offers new tool for creating etextbooks, Kindle Textbook Creator

etextbooksAmazon has a new tool, Kindle Textbook Creator, to help educators and authors prepare, publish, and promote etextbooks and other educational content that can be accessed on Fire tablets, iPad, iPhone, Android smartphones and tablets, Mac, and PC.

Kindle Textbook Creator, offered through the new KDP EDU segment of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, can be used to turn PDFs of textbooks and course materials into Kindle books and upload them to KDP in just a few simple steps.

With KDP, authors can earn royalties of up to 70%, while keeping their rights and maintaining control of their content. They can also choose to enroll their books in KDP Select for additional royalty opportunities like Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and for access to marketing tools like Kindle Countdown Deals and Free Book Promotion.

Some of the features of Kindle Textbook Creator include the ability to:

  • Highlight and categorize key concepts for easy reference.
  • 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.
  • Create flashcards and study important terms, concepts, and definitions in each chapter with a simple, easy-to-use interface.
  • Find definitions and Wikipedia information for difficult terms to improve retention.

“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. “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 publishing textbooks through KDP, or download Kindle Textbook Creator.

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