There are a lot of tutorials online that go over using Scrivener to format to .mobi, the problem with most of them is they’re written for Mac, not Windows. Scrivener was originally a Mac-only program, so a lot of the support and information isn’t applicable to Windows users. I wrote a little bit about this in the previous post, The coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Eventually, I figured it out and put a draft of Larry’s Dead onto my Kindle.
The process isn’t difficult but it was tricky, so I thought I would write out specific instructions. If you have any issues, contact me and I’ll walk you through it.
First, you will have to download KindleGen, a program from Amazon that formats .mobi files. It will download as a zipped folder, you will have to unzip it before it can be used. When you download and unzip it, remember where you saved it because you’ll have to link Scrivener to the KindleGen.
Next, open up Scrivener and the file you want to compile. Press the compile button.
This is also where you can add/format covers, footnotes, margins, chapters, etc. You’ll want to set all of that up before compiling if you want them included in the .mobi file.
Once you have everything arranged the way you want and are ready to compile, click the “Load Preset” button on the lower left.
Click on “Compile For” on the bottom right. Select “Kindle (.mobi) Book”. If you’ve never done this before a window will open that asks you to direct Scrivener to the KindleGen. Hopefully you remembered where you put it. Direct it into the unzipped folder.
Once it’s been mapped successfully, click “Compile”.
You can do whatever you want with your new file but I would recommend checking it on your Kindle before uploading it anywhere just to make sure that it formatted correctly.
Plug your Kindle in to the computer. Copy the file into the Kindle’s “Books” or “Documents” file (the name of the folder depends on what model of Kindle you have). Then “eject” the Kindle and your new Ebook is ready to be read.
Hopefully this helps simplify the process.