Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing has just added an early access feature that will be a boon for indie authors and small presses. Comixology Guided View is now available for creators to to develop their own comics and manga. You can now import a PDF Comic book, create panels, specify mask color for Guided view transitions, and preview instantaneously. This feature is only available for Kindle Create for Windows.
Many people who write biographies or autobiographies often find themselves with a ton of pictures and source material. Amazon has just made it easier for authors insert, resize and delete images in your book and use alignment options to place them in the way that best suits the theme of their book. This image optimization can be used for Kindle e-readers, but also large screen tablets.
Both of these features are available for early access. You can enable Early Access by following the prompts after you update to Kindle Create 1.7. You can also enable or disable it at any time by going to Settings and once you’ve tried out the feature, you can share your feedback by going to Help->Provide Feedback. Your feedback on Early Access features will help us make improvements before launching these features to all authors.
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