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Old 03-12-2009, 02:08 PM   #15
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Perhaps you can find a self-published book cheap enough to see if they produce the Kindle version from a MS Word or other word processing program in that context, rather than OCR.
It appears that they have a variety of methods.

I purchased three novels from Amazon. Two of them (tacky mysteries set in a NYC coffee house) appear in PMN Caecilia, the “official” Kindle font (also used for docs, menus, etc.). It is not how the real books in that series are set. Not sure if they use Word, but they do support conversion and upload of Word files.

The third Kindle book (The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beynon Rees) is in a different typeface and style (drop caps, for example — similar to another real book from the same author and publisher). Not sure what they did with that. If it has been scanned, I should be able to tell by trying to change the type size, but I haven’t figured that out yet!

I also downloaded three Gutenberg Project books to my computer; then all I had to do was plug the Kindle to a USB port and drag the files (.azw) into the Kindle’s documents folder. I got Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers and Complete Celebrated Crimes by Alexander Dumas (just poking around at the GP site). Also downloaded another one, but all Kindle will let me do with that one is delete it; have to figure out what is going on there — pretty sure it is the right format and was on the Kindle list.

And I bought one “free” GP book from the Kindle store. That cost 99¢ (for the use of the Amazon network).

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Also, I would like to know about fiction vs. non-fiction, especially history with maps and photos.
I do not have any history books or any other with photos or maps. Kindle 2 (the currently available model) has more grey levels than the first, but I notice that Amazon provides only line-art or greyscale conversions, not photos. And it is all B&W, of course.

To find out whether a particular book is available for the Kindle, look for it in Amazon and see if among other editions, Kindle is shown.

That is about as far as I have gotten. I have read one of the coffee house novels and begun another — it was different but about as comfortable as reading the mass-market paperback versions of other books in that series.

When I get a chance I will put something together with text and line art (type specimens, say), let Amazon convert it for me, and see how that works in the Kindle.

   
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