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Todd B

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Near ready to publish.. everything looks good.. with one exception..
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 3:50 PM
 
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Hi,
I am finally right on the cusp of publishing my first book. Everything is going well but I have one small thing I would like to change if possible.

The book was written with LEFT justification. But when I open it in Kindle reader on my android device, it opens and FULL justified text.

Is there a setting I am missing? While it is not too bad, in some areas it is stretching the lines with large spaces to justify things. I want to have it justify left as written if possible.
cdalebrittain

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Re: Near ready to publish.. everything looks good.. with one exception..
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 5:36 PM   in response to: Todd B in response to: Todd B
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You actually want to have full justification. It looks more professional. Look at any book on your shelf.

Yes some of the lines will be stretched ib a phone but will look fine on a Kindle, which is a much larger screen.
B.L. Alley

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Re: Near ready to publish.. everything looks good.. with one exception..
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 7:08 PM   in response to: Todd B in response to: Todd B
 
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Justification (or Fully Justified) is the alignment flush with both margins (or margin and gutter). The others are Flush Left, Flush Right, and Centered.

Books should be Justified for electronic and print.
booknookbiz

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Re: Near ready to publish.. everything looks good.. with one exception..
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 8:58 PM   in response to: Todd B in response to: Todd B
 
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Todd B wrote:
Hi,
I am finally right on the cusp of publishing my first book. Everything is going well but I have one small thing I would like to change if possible.

The book was written with LEFT justification. But when I open it in Kindle reader on my android device, it opens and FULL justified text.

Is there a setting I am missing? While it is not too bad, in some areas it is stretching the lines with large spaces to justify things. I want to have it justify left as written if possible.

AND, if the posts from cdale and BL Alley have not already convinced you:

If you figure out how to code the HTML to do it, and force the left-alignment, you'll quickly find out that a) Amazon doesn't like it, and b) readers don't like it. The moment a reader complains--which will be almost instantly after your first sale--Amazon will send you a KQN, a Kindle Quality Notice, and either insist that you fix it, or, more stridently, remove it from sale, and then tell you to fix it.

As your fellow authors said, left-aligned text, in a fiction book, is extremely unprofessional. I defy you to find one left-aligned book, on your bookshelves. Unless you're James Joyce, you really aren't ready to buck convention. Even if you are doing a non-fic book, and you're using block-style paras, unindented, you should still use justification.

Lastly, the default for the Kindleverse devices is justified. So, unless you can figure out how to override that, it will justify.

Good luck.

Hitch
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Tom Johnson

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Re: Near ready to publish.. everything looks good.. with one exception..
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 9:43 PM   in response to: Todd B in response to: Todd B
 
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I actually had this same question, but with titles. With full justification of titles, sometimes this creates awkward spacing. Here's an example: https://www.screencast.com/t/WnX4K6bT . I tried setting this style in my css:

h1, h2, h3, h4 {
text-align: left;
}

But it had no effect. Should I not try to override that and just accept the occasional awkward spacing?
booknookbiz

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Re: Near ready to publish.. everything looks good.. with one exception..
Posted: Mar 20, 2017 10:05 PM   in response to: Tom Johnson in response to: Tom Johnson
 
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Tom Johnson wrote:
I actually had this same question, but with titles. With full justification of titles, sometimes this creates awkward spacing. Here's an example: https://www.screencast.com/t/WnX4K6bT . I tried setting this style in my css:

h1, h2, h3, h4 {
text-align: left;
}

But it had no effect. Should I not try to override that and just accept the occasional awkward spacing?


We don't need your screenshot, we all know exactly what it looks like.

You can try to override the full-justification, for something that isn't the body text, like subtitles, but if you are not very skilled with Kindle bookmaking, you may have trouble making it work. As I see from your other post that you aren't at the point, yet, of using separate HTML files, in an ePUB or zipped HTML folder, this might be a bit too far for you. Kindle readers are perfectly accustomed to seeing the gaps of forced justification--called, in the trade "rivers of white"--so I wouldn't worry about it, were I you.

Hitch
We produce eBooks
An Amazon Professional Conversion Service : http://amzn.to/29pWZSg
www.Booknook.biz
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