How to disable page flip in Kindle ebooks (without Vellum)

 

Last year I reported on how Kindle’s new page-flip feature might be screwing up earnings for authors in KU. Since then, things have improved somewhat for some authors, while others are still seeing fishy things happen with their page reads.

So how do you disable page reads for your book altogether so you can stop worrying about it?

Many authors have reported that using Vellum (an ebook formatting software for Mac) does the trick.

But I’m not a Mac user, so I wanted to find a simpler way.

Apparently, you can “break” page-flip by embedding an SGV file into your ebook.

I made a video about that process and posted it below.

 

 

You can use this white rectangle JPG (it’s invisible but I marked it with the arrows. Drag it to your desktop to save.

>><<

Then use this conversion tool to convert it to SVG, which will look like a bunch of code.

You might be able to just copy this code directly into your ebook with Sigil.

 

<?xml version=”1.0″ standalone=”no”?>
<!DOCTYPE svg PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD SVG 20010904//EN”
“http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/REC-SVG-20010904/DTD/svg10.dtd”>
<svg version=”1.0″ xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/2000/svg”
width=”300.000000pt” height=”24.000000pt” viewBox=”0 0 300.000000 24.000000″
preserveAspectRatio=”xMidYMid meet”>
<metadata>
Created by potrace 1.13, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2015
</metadata>
<g transform=”translate(0.000000,24.000000) scale(0.100000,-0.100000)”
fill=”#000000″ stroke=”none”>
</g>
</svg>

 

 

You might need to cut the first two lines and just add:

<svg version=”1.0″ xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/2000/svg”
width=”300.000000pt” height=”24.000000pt” viewBox=”0 0 300.000000 24.000000″
preserveAspectRatio=”xMidYMid meet”>
<metadata>
Created by potrace 1.13, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2015
</metadata>
<g transform=”translate(0.000000,24.000000) scale(0.100000,-0.100000)”
fill=”#000000″ stroke=”none”>
</g>
</svg>

 

I added both just in case.

Update: Uploaded my new file, and an hour later “page flip” has disappeared from my book on Kindle. So it worked!

Credits: First I saw this hack, courtesy of Jutoh, for adding in an svg file to “break” the page-flip feature. Then my friend Ingrid wrote her own post. My articles is based on their methods.

About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.