Maybe not well, but it’s up for preorder
We (I had a fair bit of help from my collaborating author on this) used Amazon’s kindle create on this.
There are good things:
- Fonts, images, and special formatting are preserved if you export to pdf first. So you can have drop characters for leading pages and pretty section dividers without a lot of bother.
Well, that’s about it.
It’s not too hard to use. Except it’s really hard to create a functional table of contents.
There are, however, bad things too. When you export to pdf it is tricky to save the links from the document – i.e. the table of contents. Make sure you tell word to save the internal bookmarks. Check that they’re there with a pdf reader. Then when you get to importing it into the kindle create you should see a table of contents entry. It will be blank, but as you page through the document you should see it light up (there’s a box that will get checked) when you get to a chapter break. You’ll see whatever symbol you used for the internal bookmark displayed below that. If like my collaborator, you’re a computer scientist, it will be a hexadecimal number. Who in their right mind wants to see that? Replace it with the chapter title.
If you don’t have a functional table of contents you’ll get a well-documented error at the end of the publication process. It will say, “an unexpected error occurred.” The amazon people don’t know what that means either. It took us a couple of days to figure that one out.