Fat Head Kids … The Kindle Version

Fat Head Kids is finally available for Kindle … and it’s just $9.99.

Here’s the link for Amazon U.S. … and for Amazon U.K. … and for Amazon Australia.

When we released the printed book back in 2017, I thought we’d have a Kindle version ready fairly soon. Nope. I was quite focused on getting the film version done, so Chareva’s time was taken up with creating illustrations I could animate in After Effects.

When she did turn her attention to creating a Kindle version, it was more work than either of us anticipated. When creating the printed version in Adobe InDesign, she designed quite a few two-page spreads. She also created graphics specifically to wrap text around them.

A Kindle doesn’t know what a two-page spread is. And while it’s theoretically possible to wrap text around an image, we discovered it doesn’t work so well in practice. People can change both the font and the font size on their Kindle readers – not to mention choose to view pages vertically or horizontally – which makes the placement of a wraparound graphic relative to the text unpredictable.

Consequently, Chareva had the privilege of laying out the book in Adobe InDesign all over again, pretty much from scratch. She had to take the graphics from her two-page spreads and break them up or otherwise redesign them to work as in-line graphics.

I may be biased, but I went through the book using my iPad’s Kindle Reader, and I think she did a terrific job of re-creating the feel of the printed version within the limitations a Kindle imposes on the layout.

We’ve heard the printed version is difficult to come by in some countries because of shipping costs or other restrictions. I believe the Kindle version will be close to the equivalent of $9.99 U.S. pretty much everywhere – with no shipping costs, of course.

If you haven’t picked up the book yet, consider giving the Kindle version a look.

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9 thoughts on “Fat Head Kids … The Kindle Version

  1. Peter

    I can definitely appreciate the Kindle’s lack of ability to handle 2-page spreads. We’ve read several books for kids on the Kindle and end up with either tiny pictures or text that doesn’t line up with the pictures or some other formatting error. It wouldn’t be so bad if they just split the picture down the middle and gave us two pages, but that would still be problematic when the text references both pages. At least it would be consistent.

    I’ll take a look at the Kindle version soon. I’ve come to appreciate being able to carry around a small library with me.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      I still like the feel of a paper book, but I’ve come to appreciate the Kindle app for how easy it is to find and quote material when I’m writing a review.

        1. Lori Miller

          This would have been so nice to have in college–my backpack was 20 pounds. The content of Tom’s book would have been nice to have, too. College would have been a lot easier without the roller coaster blood sugars.

          1. Tom Naughton Post author

            Amen. Probably didn’t help matters that I drink several beers two or three nights per week, either.

          2. Walter

            Kids today in k-12 are carrying large backpacks, just unreal. I suppose schlepping heavy bags is good exercise.

      1. Randal L. Schwartz

        I appreciate Kindle books even more when they have a matching “whisper-sync” Audible book. So when I’m on the airplane or in my car, I can just listen, and when I’m in a noisy environment, I can pick right up where I left off and read for a bit.

        1. Tom Naughton Post author

          I’ve seen that term and wasn’t sure what it meant. Oddly enough, if I open an Audible book on my iPhone, then later open it on my iPad, it doesn’t know where I left off. Maybe it’s something I have to enable.

  2. Anne Robertson

    I love ebooks! I had to wait until I was almost 60 years old to be able to buy and read books just like my sighted peers. I can even read them in Braille on my iPhone if I want to. Technology has transformed my life.

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