Amazon announced last week that they would be replacing their Mobi 7 ebook format for HTML5-based Kindle Format 8 (KF8). Although all ebook formats are currently based on HTML, KF8 will take advantage of HTML5’s rich formatting and design features. This is especially good news for family historians as it will provide support to design cookbooks, photo books and other fixed-layout publications. The new Kindle Fire tablet will be the first device to use the new format with the newest e-ink Kindles and apps for other devices getting updates later.
Publishers with books for sale in the Kindle store will be able to update to the new KF8 format. Publishing guidelines and updated publishing tools will be released soon. There are still many questions, but this new format shows promise to those of us who want to fill our books with photos, charts and style. I can’t wait to see how it all works.