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Amazon debuts Kindle Comic Creator


As we noted this morning in Comics A.M., Amazon has quietly rolled out Kindle Comic Creator, a free tool that allows creators and publishers to transform their comics into Kindle books. A video on the company’s website lays out the pretty simple process, using Thom Zahler’s Love and Capes as an example.

KC2, as the cool kids say, allows for the easy creation of guided navigation, page turns and double-page spreads, and can import single- or double-page images in a variety of formats (PDF, JPG, etc.). The tool also detects the panels, and will recommend an order that will best guide readers through the story. (The full user guide can be found here.)

Once finished, creators can upload their comics to the Kindle Store where, as ROBOT 6 contributor Brigid Alverson spells out on Good E-Reader, they can set their own price and then choose from two royalty plans: 35 percent of the list price on each book sold, or 70 percent of the actual sale price. “The catch with the 70% royalty is that Amazon can reduce the selling price to match a competitor’s price for an e-book or print book, or to match their own price for a print book,” she writes.



This is kind of cool.

Interesting. I’m pretty sure people will complain about the percentage a creator gets, but I think it is fair. Amazon is giving them the tools and the chance to show what creators can do. I hope it grows.

Ut oh… the big fish in the little pond have just noticed an algal bloom.
Will it be a red tide?

Their downloadable comic creator is out of date on release. It forces one to use 800 x 1280 res, which is the res of the Kindle Fire HD 7″, yet the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ has a res of 1920 × 1200.

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