The Kindle is a phenomenal device – at least, from an authors’ perspective! It’s the perfect size for holding all of your eBooks, and it has a high enough screen resolution to make watching movies on it a joy. It’s also the perfect solution for people who want to read books on the go. But as good as it is, it’s not perfect, and there are a few things that you need to know so that you can write a book on it correctly.
Know Your Limitations
One of the first things that you need to do is know your limitations. You can’t expect to write a book on the Kindle when its screen is not large enough to display all of the text correctly. So, be aware of this and plan your book accordingly. It’s also worth noting that the font size on the Kindle gets significantly smaller the larger the screen is – which means that you have to be especially careful when choosing the font size for your book.
The Screen Is The Beating Heart Of The Kindle
The Kindle’s screen is its beating heart – it’s what makes the device so special. This is why it’s crucial to plan your book’s content around the screen’s capabilities. The smaller the screen’s font is, the more detail you can pack into small spaces – such as the tiny boxes that you see when browsing the web on the Kindle.
Use Screen-Reading Software
The Kindle doesn’t come with built-in screen-reading software, so you’ll have to purchase it separately. This might not seem like a problem, but as a person who is blind and has used screen-reading software for years, I can tell you that it’s not exactly fun typing on a small keyboard when you’re used to speaking with your eyes. It also makes it much harder to follow what’s going on when presenting material to your audience, which is why I recommend against using the Kindle for lengthy articles or books that you plan on publishing.
Create PDFs Of Your Work
Another issue that you need to be aware of is the limitations of Amazon’s PDF functionality on the Kindle. Despite having a perfectly visible screen, the device’s processor is not sufficiently powerful to handle all of the necessary text conversions in real time. So, you will have to create a separate PDF for your book’s content – otherwise, you will run into all sorts of formatting issues that could turn into a huge hassle. It’s also worth noting that some versions of the Kindle don’t even come with a PDF viewer, so you’ll have to install one separately.
Use A Few Of The Better-Known App Stores
Another thing that you need to be aware of is that not all app stores are created equal. Some of them are much more suitable for specific tasks than other app stores – such as the Kindle’s own app store, for desktop publishing. So, it’s best to consult the app store’s documentation before getting started – to make sure that you’re using the right tools for the right job.
I think that these few limitations sound like a lot to take into account. But, ultimately, they’re all part of the fun of using the Kindle – you just have to plan your book around them. And, for the best experience, you should use a wireless keyboard instead of tapping on the on-screen keyboard with your finger – it just doesn’t feel the same!