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Re: How do I stop formatting going wrong for look inside option?
Posted: Aug 26, 2015 3:48 PM   in response to: Charlie S in response to: Charlie S
 
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Amazon's Look Inside team told me last April that they were implementing LITB for FFL books, so...let's hope that the work is done.

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Re: How do I stop formatting going wrong for look inside option?
Posted: Aug 26, 2015 3:54 PM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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It would be nice. I've only been asking them for three years now to update that thing.

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Re: How do I stop formatting going wrong for look inside option?
Posted: Aug 26, 2015 5:06 PM   in response to: Charlie S in response to: Charlie S
 
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Charlie:

I'd been asking for a while, but I got really distressed for a client who had a very expensive FXL book made by us. She couldn't seem to get the LITB set (usually, the support people will just put the print book there in lieu), and I wrote directly to the Look-Inside team. We had some emails back-forth, and they advised in April that they'd chosen to actively work on providing a LITB for FXL.

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Re: How do I stop formatting going wrong for look inside option?
Posted: Aug 26, 2015 7:15 PM   in response to: kathryn azarpey in response to: kathryn azarpey
 
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kathryn azarpey wrote:
I just had an email from Amazon KDP support - they say that 'Look Inside' is now supported for fixed format books (.mobi) which is good news.

So just have to wait for the issue to resolve through the update which I made and this takes about a week they say.

That would be amazing. :-) We've all got our fingers crossed. (Up until now, we've only been able to get the LI for fixed format books by linking the LI of the print edition to the Kindle edition.)
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Posted: Aug 27, 2015 3:02 AM   in response to: kathryn azarpey in response to: kathryn azarpey
 
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Re: How do I stop formatting going wrong for look inside option?
Posted: Aug 27, 2015 5:42 AM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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I just hope they get it right instead of some half-hearted attempt.

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Re: How do I stop formatting going wrong for look inside option?
Posted: Aug 28, 2015 4:21 AM   in response to: Charlie S in response to: Charlie S
 
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I'm pleased to report that my Look Inside preview is now up and running correctly using .mobi file format. Thanks for all the advice and tips from the forum members.
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Posted: Aug 28, 2015 4:24 AM   in response to: extradimensions in response to: extradimensions
 
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LI up and running correctly now - following KDP's email saying they now support .mobi fixed format for LI. I've checked and double checked and its wonderful!
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Posted: Aug 28, 2015 7:56 AM   in response to: kathryn azarpey in response to: kathryn azarpey
 
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I just checked a book I formatted for a customer about a year ago, and it's still a mess on the Look Inside. The KF8 styles haven't been honored at all, and this isn't even a fixed layout. When are the rest of our books going to start looking right? Happy for you, but still kind of bummed for me at this point.

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Posted: Aug 28, 2015 11:09 AM   in response to: Charlie S in response to: Charlie S
 
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Charlie:

I think we have to assume that it will either be gradual, or upon request.

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Re: How do I stop formatting going wrong for look inside option?
Posted: Aug 28, 2015 11:17 AM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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Sure looks that way.

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Posted: Aug 28, 2015 12:38 PM   in response to: kathryn azarpey in response to: kathryn azarpey
 
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That's great to hear. Thank you for taking time to post the update. :-)
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Re: How do I stop formatting going wrong for look inside option?
Posted: Aug 29, 2015 7:13 AM   in response to: W Stansfeld in response to: W Stansfeld
 
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I am having the same issue with my book--especially the letter in the text of Chapter One. The lines are all askew in the Look Inside feature, but look fine in all Kindle versions. Since I've spent over 2 years on this book, I of course wanted the finished product to be perfect. I feel as I I have this great product to sell, but no one will know because they'll be put off by the way it looks in the Look Inside sample. Is there no way to "turn off" that feature?

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Posted: Aug 29, 2015 7:45 AM   in response to: mohamed in response to: mohamed
 
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Is there no way to "turn off" that feature?

No way!

But wait, it gets even worse. You're publishing in a language that's not supported through the KDP. If that's how you uploaded it, it will almost certainly be taken down.

The lines are all askew in the Look Inside feature, but look fine in all Kindle versions

Look Inside interprets html very strictly. And it's basically "Mobi 7" format and does not support advanced features commonly used in KF8 format.

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Re: How do I stop formatting going wrong for look inside option?
Posted: Aug 29, 2015 12:57 PM   in response to: mohamed in response to: mohamed
 
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Mohamed:

I seriously doubt that they are looking great in "all" Kindle versions. That is simply not possible, unless every single page is just an image of the text, rather than text. Mobi7 (KF7) does not support R-to-L text, and it doesn't support Arabic, Hebrew, or a host of other languages (characters) written R-to-L.

As the Look Inside is predominantly KF7, you're running into that issue there. I'm sorry to tell you this, but you're going to likely need to talk to Amazon (which will tell you that the R-2-L isn't supported, nor are the characters), and ask them to use instead a printed copy of the book as the LITB.

Best of luck!

N.B.: for anyone interested, come Monday at midnight, an article about the LITB will be appearing on our blog..

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