Note: As of June 28, 2021, KDP will no longer support the mobi file format for new or updated files. The preferred file format is now epub.
“Thank you for sending me the ebook files. But, if I can’t open the #$%@ things, how do you expect me to approve them?”
Lots of writers mutter this under their breath when their formatter sends them their ebook files and asks for their approval.
I’ve said it myself.
Lots of writers would cross their fingers and tell the formatter that everything was fine.
I’ve done it myself.
Then I figured out I could login in to KDP, wait for my file to load, and use the Kindle Previewer. Every single time with every single file.
Have you tried that?
Such a time-saver and so convenient. Not.
Now, I use my own stand-alone copy of the Kindle Previewer. So fast, so easy. Here’s how you can do it, too.
The First Time
Before you preview your first file, there’s a bit of setup to be done.
Download your own copy of the Kindle Previewer here.
- Read information, questions and answers on the linked page above.
- Tick the little box to agree to the terms of service.
- For detailed instructions, view the Kindle Previewer User Guide.
- Download whichever version applies to you.
Download the files from your formatter and make a note of where you put them.
Set up your computer to automatically open the Kindle Previewer for mobi files.
- In File Explorer (on PCs)* or Finder (Mac), find the files you downloaded.
- Right-click on the file name, click on Open with, click on Choose another app (see Figure 1 below)
- From the list, select the Kindle Previewer and tick the box to always use it to open mobi files (see Figure 2 below).
Preview your book. Click on Help in the menu bar in the top left corner for tips and tricks on using the Kindle Previewer.
The Next Time
You can skip the download of the Kindle Previewer and the setup to auto open. Simply:
- Download the files from your formatter and make a note of where you put them.
- In File Explorer (on PCs)* or Finder (Mac), find the files you downloaded and double-click. A tiny Kindle icon to the left of every name of every mobi file will make it easier to spot them. The Kindle Previewer will open at the table of contents page of your book.
- For some unknown-to-me reason, every time you open the previewer, it converts your file, even it’s already a mobi.
What about Epub Files?
Next week, I’ll show you how to use Adobe Digital Editions.
© 2019 Joan Leacott