Photos Missing from Kindle ebook: Camera Icon and a Red Triangle Instead, part 1
As we saw in Part 1 of this article, it's necessary to take a little extra care when uploading a file that contains pictures... or graphics of any kind.
If you upload your MS Word DOC file directly to Amazon's Direct Publishing Platform, your pictures will be included in your Kindle book... so no problem there.
But, if you decide, for some reason, to convert your MS Word file to HTML before uploading it, you need to take an extra step.
If you upload only the file named *.htm, your pictures will not be included in your Kindle book.
Instead, you will see camera icons and red triangles instead of your graphics, similar to the page below:
Double-Click on any image to make it large enough that you can read Menu Items.
The best way to fix this problem is... just don't let it happen in the first place... so let's start at the beginning.
Let's say you have completed your book and are ready to upload it to Amazon.
The first step is to create a new folder named "Upload to Amazon".
Note: It's a very good idea to have this as standard practice. Always use the same folder to upload files to Amazon. That way, the Amazon KDP will always know where to look.
Copy (don't move) your MS Word DOC file and Cover file to it when you are ready to publish, leaving your originals in a safe place. After you've finished publishing this book, move its files elsewhere, to leave this folder empty for the next publishing job. Unless you are the most organized person on the planet, this simple tip will save you much time in searching for files.
Next, copy your manuscript... your MS Word DOC file, to this new, empty folder leaving your original file in its working folder... so you know it's safe.
Below is my MS Word DOC file, CJ's Easy As Pie Fonts & Images Tutorial.doc, copied into the "Upload to Amazon" folder.
Now, I open my doc file and save it as: "Web page filtered".
Now, when I check the contents of the folder "Upload to Amazon", I see that it has three files in it.
CJ's Easy As Pie Fonts & Images Tutorial_Files
CJ's Easy As Pie Fonts & Images Tutorial.doc
CJ's Easy As Pie Fonts & Images Tutorial.htm
Actually, one is a folder named with the same name as the others, with "_Files" at the end. (underscore and the word "Files").
The "CJ's Easy As Pie Fonts & Images Tutorial_Files" Folder has my images in it.
Here is where it is so easy to go wrong... If I were to grab that *.htm file, and upload it to the Amazon KDP, I'd get a Kindle ebook, all right... but it would have no pictures in it...instead it would have camera icons and triangles as shown in the first picture on this page.
Let's look inside to be sure are my images all there:
Right-click on "CJ's Easy As Pie Fonts & Images Tutorial_Files" and choose "Open".
Yes... my pictures are there.
The next step is to zip those two files together: That is, the *.htm file and the "_Files" folder.
We do that by selecting both of them -- using great care to be sure we don't also select the DOC file -- Right-Click, and, from the fly-out Menu box, choose "Send to Compressed (zipped) Folder.
The zipped folder that appears will be named for which of the files your cursor was on before you right-clicked. I like to choose the "_Files" name, because I can look at the zipped file later and know that it has images in it.
Just one more picture... then you are ready to upload your Kindle book.
After you choose Send to Compressed (zipped) folder, your Folder will now include your new zip file.
The icon at the end of the line is a folder with a tiny zipper.
THAT's the file to upload to Amazon KDP.