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James Duggan

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I think I'm doing something wrong, or am I?
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 11:37 AM
 
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I thought I knew what I was doing, but it seems maybe I'm mistaken. My problem is this.
For the sake of argument, let's say if I load up a perfect document file as a KDP Ebook ,should it read perfectly on any device without tinkering by the customer?
My experience is this. It is colour image heavy and reads perfectly well in landscape mode on the tablet tool on the previewer. However, the whole thing is grey scaled on the Kindle E-reader facility and there are large unwanted spaces on the iPhone option.
What am I missing? Or is this considered normal, leaving the customer to manipulate whatever device being used accordingly?
To help you to help me I should advise I have no problems with text only manuscripts and the print versions on Creatspace in text only and colour image documents come back exactly as written on physical proof copies.
It looks like I need to learn some more new tricks - or maybe not. If anyone has an answer, please keep it jargon free, short and simple and feed it to me like I was a newborn.

P.S. There does seem to be a problem with images. Where I would prefer to have them centred they are being aligned left. I don't really have a problem with this, but I would prefer them to be where I put them. It is an instruction manual.

Thanks in anticipation.

Jim.
Cynthia E. Gould

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Re: I think I'm doing something wrong, or am I?
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 11:52 AM   in response to: James Duggan in response to: James Duggan
 
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Some Kindle ereaders are black & gray only. iPhones often bork text and images around.
I'm afraid there will never be "perfect" formatting across all devices.
James Duggan

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Re: I think I'm doing something wrong, or am I?
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 12:31 PM   in response to: Cynthia E. Gould in response to: Cynthia E. Gould
 
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Cynthia E. Gould wrote:
Some Kindle ereaders are black & gray only. iPhones often bork text and images around.
I'm afraid there will never be "perfect" formatting across all devices.

Thanks for the prompt reply Cynthia. I didn't appreciate that fact. It seems I and my customers will have to learn to live with the imperfect technology; pity that. I'll put a disclaimer in the book details page to that effect before reloading the revised manuscript.
Let's see what others have to say.
Thanks again.

Jim.
Notjohn

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Re: I think I'm doing something wrong, or am I?
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 12:48 PM   in response to: James Duggan in response to: James Duggan
 
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How many books have your read on your Kindle? On your iPhone?

(Actually, it's not "most Kindles" that display grayscale. It's all of them, and indeed every e-ink device in existence.)

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting (2018 edition)

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James Duggan

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Re: I think I'm doing something wrong, or am I?
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 1:16 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
How many books have your read on your Kindle? On your iPhone?

(Actually, it's not "most Kindles" that display grayscale. It's all of them, and indeed every e-ink device in existence.)

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting (2018 edition)

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com


Thanks Notjohn. Another piece in the puzzle. Regarding your question, the answer is none. I prefer a traditional book whenever I do read, which is rare these days; too busy writing.

Thanks anyway.

Jim.
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