21 Oct 2011

A new file format for Kindle and Kobo’s new Vox tablet to offer Read-Aloud like Apple.

In the space of twenty-four hours eBook publishing for authors and publishers of children’s picture books, graphic novels and coffee-table books has suddenly become a much more exciting prospect, due to the following events:

  • Amazon have announced the launch of a new eBook format KF8 (Kindle Format 8), which will eventually replace the Mobi format.
  • Kobo, fresh from announcing their joint venture with WH Smith in the UK, have confirmed that their new tablet device (Kobo Vox) will support Read-Aloud ePUB files based on the same code as Apple’s Fixed-Layout ePUB specification.

Amazon’s KF8 format provides support for 150 style and formatting options, and will allow for much more complex layout styles – ideal for picture books, graphic novels and photo books. For more details read our blog post ‘Picture Books on Kindle Fire’.

Kobo’s rather quiet launch of their contender in the colour tablet market, the Kobo Vox, was followed by Twitter confirmation from their Content Acquisitions Coordinator, Ben Dugas @bendu, that the Vox uses the same code for Read-Aloud eBooks (which feature narration and word-by-word highlighting) as Apple, who have offered Fixed-Layout and Read-Aloud support for the past few months.

If you have any questions about converting your book into Amazon’s new Kindle Format 8, or would like a quote for creating a Read-Aloud version of your book please contact helpdesk@ebookpartnership.com.