Kindle Previewer

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Kindle Previewer is a proprietary tool provided by Amazon to be used to preview the AZW format (in particular Mobi and KF8 formats). It also has the capability to convert the EPUB and HTML files into AZW format using the KindleGen that is packaged along with that. As of version three it can show documents for KFX format.


[edit] Overview

Kindle Previewer is a tool that emulates how books display on Kindle devices and applications. Kindle Previewer makes it easy to preview the layout of a book and make sure its text displays properly for any orientation or font size. This tool is recommended for publishers, eBook conversion companies, and individual authors in combination with KindleGen to produce the highest quality Kindle books.

Highlights of Kindle Previewer functionality
  • Ability to preview your content across Kindle devices and apps
  • Support for previewing Kindle Text Pop Ups and Kindle Panel Views
  • Accurate rendering of your content across Amazon Kindle devices and Kindle Reader apps
  • Faster previewing through features like Auto flip mode, Image flip mode
  • Auto updates for future enhancements

[edit] Available Platforms

Kindle Previewer is available on:

  • Kindle Previewer for Windows (2003, XP, Vista, 7)
  • Kindle Previewer for Mac OS 10.5 and above i386
  • As of ~early 2016, it cannot be run inside Wine on Linux - it opens, states some fatal error has occurred in a model popup dialog, and quits when the dialog is closed. Periodic retesting recommended. (Note: It's Java-based but the build depends on resources inside Windows executables.)

[edit] Previewer 3

Amazon Kindle Previewer 3 is software that takes books in ePub format and renders them with Enhanced Typesetting. It does this by converting the ePub file to KPF, which has the same content as KFX but in a different container.

[edit] Calibre plugin

The Calibre plugin is able to invoke the Previewer and reformat its output to produce KFX files suitable for sideloading. The plugin performs the following steps during conversion:

  1. Convert from the original eBook format to ePub.
  2. Correct some common ePub content issues that cause problems for the Previewer.
  3. Use the Amazon Kindle Previewer to convert from ePub to KPF.
  4. Repackage the KPF data into a KFX container.

New in Kindle Previewer 3.11 beta

  • You can now preview Indic language books on Kindle Previewer.
  • We have added support for previewing books in Word format (English only).
  • Includes better floating elements support in Enhanced Typesetting.

[edit] Emulated Devices

Kindle Previewer can no longer be used to preview files for devices below. If these devices are selected it will convert the file to AZK which must be loaded onto the device itself for checking via iTunes.

[edit] Conversion

This tool can also be used to convert books to Kindle format. Just drag an ePub to the program. It contains a simplified interface to KindleGen. It can also converted files to AZK for iOS device checking. It can also be used for KFX using a Calibre extension.

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