Scrivener and publishing to Kindle

One of my resolutions for 2011 was to go paperless at home. This includes all the paper that is involved in the business of writing. For a while now I’ve been pretty good at going paperless with my writing, but today I took it one step further: I started making use of my Kindle for reading my own stuff, as well as stuff that I critique for the Arlington Writers Group.

Scrivener makes this a piece of cake. I pulled up my novel from NaNoWriMo, the first part of which I am cannibalizing for my January novelette, in Scrivener and compiled the document to Kindle format. It filled in a few options (like the Title and Author) and clicked the Compile button, and–bam!–Scrivener turned out a perfect .mobi file which I copied to my Kindle.

Other than providing the author and title as I wanted it to appear, I didn’t have to change a single option. Not only is the story perfectly formatted on my kindle, but a hyperlinked Table of Contents was produced. This will make my life so much easier. You see, while I worked paperless before, I had to be in front of my computer to read my story and make minor edits or notes. Now, I can read it anywhere (even without my Kindle I can still read it on my iPhone) and add notes and highlights. I can’t edit it on the Kindle but that’s not the point. Especially for this story, since I’m keeping the basic premise and characters but doing a complete rewrite so that it reads like a piece of short fiction instead of the first part of a novel.

I am constantly impressed at how easy Scrivener makes tasks like this. And when you think about it, Scrivener almost acts as a personal assistant for writers. It manages my research and notes. It allows me to publish to a variety of formats, and does all of this in a way that is seamless and doesn’t require a lot of work on my part. I really can focus on the writing and not worry about the formatting. It is yet another reason why I couldn’t imagine my life as a writer without Scrivener.

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  1. Isn’t it the greatest? I did the same thing when I wanted to read through my latest first draft. Loaded it to my Nook in minutes. I need that different perspective from the computer screen, but hate wasting the paper to print.


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