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Dec 29, 2009 02:43PM
Hmm, I don't have problems with pdf's. What I DO have a problem with in the Kindle content being messed up directly from Amazon. Like, I bought a book once, and there was an extra line in between every line of text. And sometimes a word runs together with another word. It's annoying, but it doesn't keep me from reading on it.
Dec 29, 2009 05:26PM
Kindle books are formatted by the publisher, or in the case of self-published books, by the author. Some publishers just put the text through a conversion program and hope for the best. They don't want to take the time to check the formatting either on a computer simulation or on an actual Kindle. Some self-published authors have neither the skills nor the budget to format their Kindle books properly.
I've converted quite a few books for Kindle, and I've found that once a file is converted to HTML, it requires quite a bit of editing to fix formatting errors.
Joshua Tallent has an excellent website that discusses formatting for Kindle:
He has also produced a book about formatting for Kindle. Even a glance at the sample on Kindle will let you know that there's a lot more to it than most people realize.
Here's another site that shows some of the errors that occur and their causes:
I also have quite a bit of information about e-book formatting on my own site:
I suggest contacting the publisher if you get a badly formatted book, as formatting is ultimately the publisher's responsibility and they should know that what they're doing isn't working. Also, I think if you complain to Amazon, they will refund your money. They will also take back the book.
Catherine M. Wilson
Dec 30, 2009 07:57AM
Ashley, you are quite possibly the friendliest spammer I have seen in a while.
Dec 30, 2009 09:27AM
I found these websites quite helpful too:
Yes, these are easy enough things to do, but it's a lot to learn if you have no experience with html/css.
I'm not trying to spam, although I guess that's what I'm doing isn't it?
Dec 30, 2009 09:29AM
I haven't really seen spammers on goodreads, besides the occasional random person adding me as a friendfor no particular reason, and that's not really spamming.
Your post didn't bother me, Ashley. But thanks for the links.
Dec 30, 2009 10:01AM
Posting exactly the same message in multiple threads in a group, and in other groups, offering service or product for sale is spam.
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