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Amazon lagging behind in interactive eBook creationDespite the release of Kindle Format 8 which is currently only supported by the Kindle Fire, it seems that Amazon are really lagging behind in the interactive eBook stakes.
As well as this lack of functionality, the actual content creation process is extremely convoluted and something even I as a professional HTML develop have trouble getting to grips with. The layout itself is no problem, but the conversion from HTML to a .mobi file requires hand editing XML files and using a command line utility to do the conversion. Even creating a simple table of contents can be a real pain.
Despite lots of tools for producing standard text books and auto conversion, there is a real lack of software for going beyond basic text layouts without resorting to editing text files.
By contrast Apple have embraced the media properly and are offering, for free, a wonderful piece of creative software called iBooks Author which really does make creating an interactive book a creative process and not a technical one.
The Kindle Creative Process :
The iBooks Creative Process