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Dale J. Dwyer

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Formatting Tables, Charts, etc.
Posted: Dec 1, 2017 7:34 AM
 
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Does anyone have experience (good or bad) with Tables or Charts shrinking to a size that is unreadable on Kindle? I have followed what I think is the guideline, but no matter how I keep re-formatting a graphic it still appears tiny on the screen and cannot be "enlarged" enough to read.
writerbn

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Re: Formatting Tables, Charts, etc.
Posted: Dec 1, 2017 8:45 AM   in response to: Dale J. Dwyer in response to: Dale J. Dwyer
 
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Did you set the width of the image to 100% in the HTML?
William Thompson

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Re: Formatting Tables, Charts, etc.
Posted: Dec 1, 2017 2:27 PM   in response to: Dale J. Dwyer in response to: Dale J. Dwyer
 
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If you are formatting a graphic in Word for KDP that is less than 100% screen-width/screen-height then these images will always be smaller than they are in Word due to the Kindle formatting overrides.

If you want to format your smaller images accurately -- which are less than 100% screen width/height -- then you must format your images as percentages of screen width and not as absolute pixel values. And you cannot do that in Word -- it can only be done in HTML or in epub format.

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Notjohn

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Re: Formatting Tables, Charts, etc.
Posted: Dec 1, 2017 4:09 PM   in response to: Dale J. Dwyer in response to: Dale J. Dwyer
 
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If your tables are images, then upload them at 1000 pixels wide. That will help, and indeed make them full screen (more or less) on all but the very large and very hi-rez devices.

Same with charts, of course, but it is possible to format a tablet using html, without getting images involved in the process.

(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

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booknookbiz

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Re: Formatting Tables, Charts, etc.
Posted: Dec 1, 2017 4:30 PM   in response to: Dale J. Dwyer in response to: Dale J. Dwyer
 
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Dale J. Dwyer wrote:
Does anyone have experience (good or bad) with Tables or Charts shrinking to a size that is unreadable on Kindle? I have followed what I think is the guideline, but no matter how I keep re-formatting a graphic it still appears tiny on the screen and cannot be "enlarged" enough to read.

Dale:

HOW are you formatting it? What are you working in (word? HTML? ePUB...???), how did you make the graphics? What is their original size (in pixels, please, if you know, in inches if you don't) and do you know the resolution?

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