Previewing your ebook is an essential step in any pre-launch plan. Whether you’ve created your ebook from scratch or hired a professional service such as Createbook, a thorough preview will set your mind at ease.
*Disclaimer* While previewing your ebook from a computer can save time, there are a huge variety of devices which can read ebooks. Universal display requires dynamic formatting to industry best standards. This is why Createbook only codes to best practices and tests each ebook on over a dozen popular devices.
Step 1 – Choosing the correct ebook preview software
When it comes to previewing your epub or kindle ebook, there are dozens of pieces of software which claim to work. Unfortunately, almost all of these programs use their own code to render the ebook. This means you will not be seeing exactly what your readers are seeing on devices like Kindle, or the Kindle smartphone app. This is why there is only one real option for previewing your book – Amazon’s Kindle Previewer
Kindle Previewer – Not only does this program render your ebook in exactly the same way that all kindle devices and apps but it’s also completely free.
Here’s how to install, open, and preview with the Kindle Previewer:
Install – Go to https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000765261
Scroll down the page a little until you see the download button. There is one for Windows and one for Mac. It will look like this –
Once you’ve downloaded the program, you will need to install it. If a dialogue box does not open automatically to guide you through the installation, find where the file was downloaded to and open it.
Now that Kindle previewer is installed, open it! It may open automatically, or you will need to find it on your computer.
Step Two – Navigating the eBook Preview
Now that you have the previewer installed and open on your desktop, simply drag and drop your MOBI or EPUB ebook file onto the open program window. Alternatively, you can go to “File” in the top left of the program window and locate your ebook’s file from there.
Now that you have your ebook open, it is simply a matter of checking the different elements of the book. To check the cover, click the cover button on the top right or scroll back through the pages to the very beginning. To view the Tale of Contents, click the ToC button or NCX view buttons on the top right. You can also rotate the screen to simulate landscape perspective and switch between different kindle devices. You can also scroll through your book page by page to see exactly what your readers will be seeing.
With these steps, previewing your kindle or epub ebook is a breeze. Not only is it fast and easy, it is also 100% free.
If you are having trouble getting your ebook to display correctly, contact us at Createbook.org for more specific information.