How to get a mobi file of your book from Amazon #AmWriting #AuthorMarketing #Amazon

I recently joined a review group on Goodreads and was surprised to learn that there were still authors out there who don’t know how to get a mobi copy of their novel. If you don’t have a mobi (or some other ebook file such as epub), your reviewers are going to be stuck reading a pdf. Yuck! I don’t know about you, but if I’m forced to squint at a book to read it, I’m not going to be generous with my review. (There are other problems with pdf files as well such as lack of scrolling and inability to use table of contents properly.)

There’s a simple solution to this problem – get a mobi file of your book from Amazon. It’s super easy. Seriously.

Step #1 Log into kindle direct publishing.

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Step #2 Scroll to the novel for which you need a mobi copy and place your mouse over the far-right button. From the pop-up screen, chose ‘Edit Book Details’ (You’ll probably need to log in again.)

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Step #3 From your book details, choose the middle tab – ‘Kindle eBook Content’

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Scroll down to Kindle eBook Preview

getting mobi file 3.1Step #4 Click on ‘Preview on your Kindle device’. A draw down menu will appear. Chose step #1: Download your converted book file. Chose mobi by clicking on the word MOBI.

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Chose ‘save as’ and pick somewhere to save your mobi file.

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That’s all there is to it folks!

I expect I’ll only get mobi files from authors from now on, right?


20 thoughts on “How to get a mobi file of your book from Amazon #AmWriting #AuthorMarketing #Amazon

  1. Patty says:

    Well this is good info to know. Now to see if it is doable with a screen reader program, which by the way uses keystrokes not mouse.

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  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Will help share this, it is very helpful, so many PDF files have their formatting distorted when you try to upload to Kindle that it makes reading hard from that aspect too.

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    • Patty says:

      Reading PDF files on the Kindle can be a problem for those using voice over as well because sometimes the pages do not wish to flip.

      I’d much rather read a regular file via Kindle the TTS works much better, and is enjoyable.

      It is also very nice that Amazon has created a Accessible Plug In Kindle For PC App for people who do not have Kindle readers to download to their computers so they are able to read books as anyone else would do.

      I find there is not nearly enough awareness about TTS enabling however, and I am trying to make sure authors realize that needs to be activated when they put out their books.

      I believe if it has not already been done it will soon be that when a book is uploaded that the TTS will be automatically enabled but people still need to check.

      Blind persons are not the only ones who use the voice over to read books. Other reading disabled persons use it, and I also have driving friends who enjoy that feature as well, so it is very important to make absolutely sure books are TTS enabled when publishing.

      I am also raising awareness about what voice over and screen reading technology can and cannot read where photos and other graphics are concerned.

      While we have some descriptive text there is still a huge way to go.

      I’ve written a post about this onto my blog and had it published in an indie publishing news magazine as well.


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