Part 2: learn the acronyms associated with Kindle publishing, and a list of handy links.
AZW: an ebook file format designated as .azw and sold by Amazon.
BISAC: the book industry standards and communications code categorises books by subject matter.
CiP: cataloguing in publication is an aggregation service performed by the National Library of Australia.
CMS: a content management system is a powerful tool which allows even novices to build complex and robust websites.
CSS: a cascading style sheet controls the appearance of web pages and other documents constructed with HTML/ XHTML.
DOS: before Windows became so ubiquitous, PCs were operated via the disk operating system.
DPI: dots per inch are a measurement of image resolution.
DRM: digital rights management roughly equates to anti-piracy measures, which are hugely unpopular, even with legitimate users.
EIN: an employer identification number allows many non-US indie publishers to reclaim some of the 30% tax imposed on ebook royalties.
EPUB: an ebook file format designated as .epub, and sold by most of Amazon’s competitors.
EPUB3: a later version of the EPUB.
GIMP: an open source image editor that is a popular alternative to Photoshop.
GUI: a graphical user interface (such as Windows) allows inexperienced users to perform more complicated computing operations.
HTML: hypertext markup language is the main method used to construct web pages (and ebooks).
ISBN: an international standard book number is a unique identifier, widely used in the publishing industry.
JPG or JPEG: the joint photographic experts group is a widespread image format, popular with the internet because of its compact data size. It is a lossy format; like a photocopy, it loses more detail each time it is edited.
KF8: Kindle Format 8, a successor to the MOBI format.
MOBI: an ebook file format designated as .mobi and compatible with older Kindles (which do not support KF8).
NCX: a navigation control file, which contains table of contents information in a Kindle ebook.
OPF: an open packaging format file, which contains metadata about a Kindle ebook.
SEO: search engine optimisation is the process of tagging certain words and data on a web page for increased attention by search engine webcrawlers, with the desired result of pushing your web pages up the rankings in these search engine, hopefully to the first few pages.
TIFF: the tagged image file format is larger than a JPG, but is usually lossless.
UUID: the universally unique identifier is a code string which identifies a HTML docment.
WSIWYG: ‘what you see is what you get’ is a term which describes programs which combine a GUI with the ability to output files. In terms of web pages and ebooks, it should be realistically termed as ‘what you see is not quite what you get’.
XCF: is the default GIMP image file, which retains information such as layers in an image, allowing for easy post-processing.
XHTML: a version of HTML which allows users more scope in programming.
Kindle Direct Publishing help guides
Kindle supported HTML
Kindle Direct Publishing forums
Indie Book Collective
Digital Book World
The Book Designer
Dr George Benthien’s guide to formatting EPUB and MOBI ebooks
The Passive Voice
Proceed to Part 3: ‘The case for ebooks’, or return to the article index.
While I’ve endeavoured to provide you with accurate information, what is considered ‘accurate’ will change over time. If I’m wrong, or you’d like to ask a question or share your thoughts, I’d love to hear your take on things.