Amazon’s Kindle Textbook Creator turns authors into academics (and vice versa)
Whereas e-books are in all places, digital textbooks by no means actually caught on, regardless of their potential to deliver immersive studying at a decrease value. Amazon is making an attempt to vary that with the Kindle Textbook Creator, a free app from its newly shaped Kindle Direct Publishing EDU division (KDP EDU). It helps authors quickly flip dry PDF information into extra partaking e-textbooks to be used on Android units, desktop machines, iPhones, iPads, and naturally, Kindle Hearth tablets. As Techcrunch factors out, the app is designed to assist educators improve present e-textbooks, moderately than create model new books like Apple’s iBooks Writer.
As soon as you’ve got transformed an e-ebook, it’s going to routinely have options like multi-colour highlighting, textual content and picture seize, reminiscence assist flashcards, and Wikipedia/dictionary definitions. That is fairly primary performance for now — Apple’s iBooks Writer allows video and different wealthy content material, as an example — however Amazon stated it is going to add extra options down the street. As soon as educators have transformed an e-textbook, they will publish it by way of Amazon’s KDP and earn royalties as much as 70 %, whereas retaining full rights management. The books may also be enrolled in Kindle Limitless or Amazon’s Lending Library. If you would like to offer it a go, it is now out there in beta (for English texts solely).