Kindle publishing on the iPad is on track and I’ve published my third book.
At last, I have moved from “minimum output” to the second phase of “publication of a book that readers can read”.
And since this is a good opportunity, I would like to talk about our difficulties, including the trouble of operating the iPad.
Current status: amazingly convenientLive conversion that takes some getting used to
The live conversion feature of the iPad Pro, which I can’t let go of now, was a challenge for me at first.
Or rather, I couldn’t bring myself to use it at all. When I happened to be in a hurry to do some work, I had to work with the live conversion on, and that’s how I finally realized the advantages of live conversion.
By the way, Live Conversion is Apple’s Japanese input system that converts itself according to your input as you type. It’s called “live conversion” because it changes its contents on the fly.
I no longer need to switch between English and Japanese input, and I’d like to say that this is a very good thing.
Pages is not so good
When you get an iPad Pro, you get free access to the Pages word processor conversion software, which, starting in 2019, supports vertical writing and has all the basic features you need for KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), such as indentation and table of contents creation.
After all, this is software developed by Apple itself. The ability to display two pages on one screen is also convenient and good. It’s especially useful when you’re editing.
In addition, as of September 23, 2020, the Mac OS version seems to have a problem with vertical writing, but the iOS version can be published in vertical writing without any problems. The fact that the table of contents updates automatically seems to put a strain on the processor. However, the iPad has always had no CPU fan, so there’s no real harm done.
My only regret is that for some reason the headings disappear when I upload my manuscript in portrait mode, which is a little annoying on the iPhone.
Well, I convert data created in Pages to Microsoft Word and upload the manuscript, so there is no particular problem. However, users who do not have Microsoft 365 will want to do up to Kindle book with just Pages, so the overall rating is “not great”.
In addition, when you create epub data for Amazon KDP from Pages, even a document with only 10 characters exceeds 10MB. It is too big size to communicate by a little mail and so on, and this is also a point of judgement in assuming that it is not good.
Word is also not so good
Now I also have Microsoft Word installed on my iPad Pro, and I’m grateful to be a Microsoft 365 user (365 users can also use Word for iPad) with good file compatibility with Microsoft Word for Windows 10.
However… I have iOS 14 installed on my current iPad Pro and for some reason it doesn’t work well with live conversions. At first I was going to work entirely in Word, but when I write in about A4/1 sheet of text, it slows down. Also, the text in the middle of the inputting may disappear.
In this case, I restart the system and it returns to the normal state. I have a feeling that something is going on with the font processing.
I guess I can isolate it, check the situation, and then contact Microsoft or Apple for help, but I don’t have time to do that now. For this reason, I create most of the text in Pages and convert it to Word format to create the manuscript.
It’s a painless process once you get used to it, and unlike Pages, images don’t move around on their own in Word. You can keep these Word files for long-term storage data in case something goes wrong.
That’s all for the most part, and at the start of use, the toolbars and other features that take screen size into account are a bit confusing, but you’ll get used to it.
However, as you have to create a raw manuscript in Pages, I would give it one less star.
Photos can be edited
Currently, you can also use the “Photos” included with iOS to edit your photos, such as cropping.
Also, if the image data is too large, you can send it to yourself via email and it will be reduced to a pasteable size by selecting, for example, “small” for the size of the image.
Improvements are being made in quite small areas, and it is quite reliable.
There are still a few glitches, but they can be remedied by combining them, and the 12.9″ iPad Pro has become a terribly reliable tool.
For me, I’m getting close to the point where I no longer need a computer.
So all that’s left is… The content of the book. Even if you can create a manuscript in a short amount of time and have your cover done in a stylish manner by a professional illustrator, that’s not enough to satisfy your readers. That’s why we don’t make any sales, and that’s why I’m in trouble.
Content… Well, this is the most important but also the most difficult task. You may have to start with a little bit at a time, but no matter how many bad works you produce, you will never be satisfied with the results.
I was instructed by a professional in this regard a few years ago and am still being huffed at. I’d really like to use the results of that training to create a high-quality book.
Well, I guess that’s about it for now. See you soon.