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vaclavsluncik

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font size
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 9:11 AM
 
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Hi,
I've just published a simple book without any picture. The preview was fine but when you download the sample or the book into your Kindle the font size is too small and cannot be changed by MENU/CHANGE FONT SIZE.
Where is the problem?
Thank you,
Vaclav
vaclavsluncik

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Re: font size
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 9:40 AM   in response to: vaclavsluncik in response to: vaclavsluncik
 
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Correction. The size of font can be changed. However, it is still too small. The choice of first four sizes (at MENU/CHANGE FONT SIZE) do not have any impact on the actual font size. The font size starts to be bigger after choosing fifth and higher option. But then all my other books have too big font size.
The primary question is following: how can I publish my book that the font size would be standard?
notjohn

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Re: font size
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 9:42 AM   in response to: vaclavsluncik in response to: vaclavsluncik
 
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Are you using a Fire? Generally font size is irrelevant in the e-ink Kindles.

I suspect you are specifying font size in your file, and that it is a Word doc. The legacy advice has always been to use Times New Roman 12 point, but the Fire and some other applications are font-enabled. I wouldn't know how to remove the instruction from a Word doc, but if you opened the html you ought to be able to see it in the CSS or in individual paragraphs.
mrlasers

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Re: font size
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 12:38 PM   in response to: vaclavsluncik in response to: vaclavsluncik
 
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Correction. The size of font can be changed. However,
it is still too small. The choice of first four sizes
(at MENU/CHANGE FONT SIZE) do not have any impact on
the actual font size. The font size starts to be
bigger after choosing fifth and higher option. But
then all my other books have too big font size.
The primary question is following: how can I publish
my book that the font size would be standard?

In general a font size of 12pt will convert to the "default" size on Kindle, for both Mobi7 and KF8. However, the most concrete way to ensure that the default font size is used will be to submit an HTML file (compiled mobi or ePub as well) that does not include an explicit font size declaration.

While this is not possible with a straight Word document upload, if you have applied styles consistently in Word, without overriding them with formatting applied directly to the text, it should be a fairly simple thing to remove if you save as HTML ("Web Page") and then edit that file in a plain text editor.

You can identify the instructions for font size by looking for something like this in the "style" section at the top of the HTML file:

font-size:12pt;

Find and remove those lines from the primary text (typically the CSS class MsoNormal) to standardize your text around the system default.

If you have not used styles exclusively for your paragraph formatting in Word you may find that this formatting has been inserted "inline" with the text itself, which would look something like this:

<span style="font-size:12pt">Paragraph text here.</span>

This will be very time consuming to remove from the HTML without the use of regex replacements.

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MrLasers
eBook Formatting & Production
http://www.mrlasers.com
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