Using Mobipocket Creator Quick Summary:
See previous lesson about Mobipocket Creator/Reader. If you haven't yet downloaded it, get it here:
Mobipocket Creator Download
Be sure to get the Reader as well as the Creator... and be sure to get the "Publisher Edition".
With Mobipocket Creator loaded:
Just below and to the right of the Mobipocket Creator logo, you will see Import from Existing File.
Click the second item, MS Word document.
Browse to your file and open it
Towards the center of your screen is an Import button. Click that.
Mobipocket Creator will start to import your file, all the while displaying a progress bar.
If Mobipocket Creator encounters bad HTML code, it will stop and tell you it can’t continue.
(It can't find all errors, but it will find some.)
After your file has imported, Mobipocket Creator will create the HTML code, save it as an HTML file and display its name and size under the title, Publication Files.
At the upper left, is a Menu titled View.
Under View is Cover Image. Click that.
Add a Cover Image button appears
Click Add a Cover Image, then Browse to get your cover image.
When your image is loaded, it will display, quite possibly larger than life, at the center of your screen, with an Update button just beneath it.
Choose Build (icon with a couple of gears) from the blue ribbon at the top of your screen.
Towards the center of your screen you will see some blank progress bars, with a Build button above them.
After you click Build this time, Mobipocket Creator will go to work, then if you have been very good and are very lucky, you will see Build Finished near the top left of your screen.
If Mobipocket Creator finds errors, it will complain, and show you a list where you can look for your errors.
If you get the Build Finished message, you will be given the opportunity to review your eBook with Mobipocket Reader.
If all is well, you are now ready to upload your file (filename.prc) to your Shelf at your Amazon Dashboard at Amazon DTP.
To find the eBook you and Mobipocket Creator just created, look for this folder (named with your file name, of course)
My Documents\My Publications\YourFileName
Inside the YourFileName folder (whatever you named your file), you will find several files, among them, “ yourfilename.prc”.
Be sure to get the file with the PRC extension.
That’s the file you upload at your Amazon Shelf at your Amazon Dashboard at Amazon DTP.