Amazon has announced a new format called Kindle Format 8 (KF8), which is an update to their Mobi 7 format for kindle eBooks.
This is good news for both our new and existing Fixed Page Layout clients as it is HTML based so we will be able to reuse a lot of the content we have created for fixed layout EPUBs for the iBookstore.
This evaporates the argument that whilst Fixed Page Layout for the Apple iBookstore looks fabulous it is only suitable for the Apple platform. Amazon will be supporting fixed format eBooks which will be a great boost for children’s picture books, comics & graphic novels, technical & engineering books and cookbooks.
The final specifications are yet to be released and the proof of the pudding will happen when we publish live on the Kindle Fire. This is due for release mid November in the US but no date has been set for a European launch although we are hopeful it will be early next year.
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