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weakamerican

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Mobi previewed on Kindle vs. KDP Preview (Accuracy)
Posted: May 3, 2012 8:26 PM
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Hello everyone. I am about to publish my first book on kindle. I have gone through over 20 test versions (html to mobi via calibre) that I have previewed by transferring over to my kindle touch. I finally have the book exactly as I want it. So I upload the .mobi of the book and preview it on KDP and the font size is proportionally much larger in the preview. My kindle has the default font size settings so I know it is not that. Basically I have chapter pages with the chapter title and image and when viewed on the KDP Preview the page is broken into two pages because the font is so large. So is the previewer just inaccurate or do I need to do more work formatting? Thank you in advance.

edit- Looking again each line has the exact same words, the preview is just devoid of margins and the page is missing the bottom 4 lines of text, like the whole page looks a lot shorter on the preview.

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Re: Mobi previewed on Kindle vs. KDP Preview (Accuracy)
Posted: May 3, 2012 9:18 PM   in response to: weakamerican in response to: weakamerican
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If you are talking about the "simple previewer" of KDP, don't use it. It has too many bugs and should be removed from KDP (it's a vestige).

You can use the Kindle Previewer application instead, but it has some bugs too. If your ebook looks alright on your Kindle Touch and in Kindle for PC, you are good to go.
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Re: Mobi previewed on Kindle vs. KDP Preview (Accuracy)
Posted: May 4, 2012 2:41 AM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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The online Preview is great, and I use it all the time, even with features that work only on the Fire. Its flaws are trivial and easily understood. If the book works there, it works anywhere. If it doesn't work there, it probably won't work anywhere.

The OP may by misadventure have called for a large font on the Preview.
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Re: Mobi previewed on Kindle vs. KDP Preview (Accuracy)
Posted: May 4, 2012 2:59 AM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
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Hi notjohn,

I can understand the 'handyness' of the online previewer, but downloading the Enhanced Previewer only takes a few minutes, and it's worth it when you've put a lot more effort into the book in the first place.

Online you can't test the table of contents or the NCX.

You can't see how the book looks on a Fire, and there are plenty of things that look fine on an eInk Kindle,and very different on the Fire.

You can't view KF8 features like drop caps, or floated images,

As the size of the screen is much smaller, and there are no borders, you're book doesn't look half as nice as it will eventually look. Seeing it looking great is worth downloading the previewer on its own :)

We will work on you till you submit nj - you will see the features of the Enhanced Previewer and join us on the light side ;)

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weakamerican

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Re: Mobi previewed on Kindle vs. KDP Preview (Accuracy)
Posted: May 4, 2012 4:14 AM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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Thanks for the responses. I was talking about the online previewer. I just downloaded the previewer app and it is better, but it still has one less line of text than on my kindle, and some lines of text that are grey on the kindle are black on the previewer. Could these just be glitches with the previewer? The reason one line matters is the chapter pages each have a quote under the title and I have formatted it so it looks nice on the page, but losing even a line on a couple of them will cause a few words to go to the next page which would not be nice.
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Re: Mobi previewed on Kindle vs. KDP Preview (Accuracy)
Posted: May 4, 2012 5:55 AM   in response to: weakamerican in response to: weakamerican
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Text color issues must be a bug in Kindle Previewer, but the size of the screen should be more or less accurate. You can reduce font size of chapter titles, reduce spacing between text and headings, and reduce font size of quotes. Also check your formatting with the "Devices" menu set to "iPhone" (the smallest screen).

Keep in mind that statistics show that the majority of ebooks are read on PCs. So it's a good idea to make formatting for "Kindle for PC" your top priority. Install "Kindle for PC" on your computer and double-click the .mobi file.
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Re: Mobi previewed on Kindle vs. KDP Preview (Accuracy)
Posted: May 4, 2012 11:22 AM   in response to: weakamerican in response to: weakamerican
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It sounds like you've updated your Kindle Touch to the latest firmware. If you have then your Kindle will be displaying the Kindle Format 8 version of your book, which is actually separate from the mobi7 version that is displayed by the "Kindle" device mode in Kindle Previewer.

It's also possible that Kindle Touch supports color text to some degree in mobi7, I haven't one to test with myself as I couldn't say. However, Kindle Previewer's "Kindle" device mode is based on the 3rd generation Kindle ("Keyboard"), which [i]definitely[/i] does not support color text.

The sort of control you're trying to achieve over pagination is not going to be possible. I fully encourage optimizing formatting to stay as close to the author's original vision as possible under default conditions, on as many devices as possible. But at some point you're going to have to accept that someone, somewhere is going to read your book (hopefully) under conditions where the line and page breaks will not appear as you want.

This is the nature of reflowable eBook text and it's actually a good thing.

With that said, you might try decreasing the font size of the quoted text or tightening up the spacing between paragraphs to keep it from spilling over to the next page under default conditions.

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weakamerican

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Re: Mobi previewed on Kindle vs. KDP Preview (Accuracy)
Posted: May 4, 2012 4:34 PM   in response to: mrlasers in response to: mrlasers
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Thank you both very much for the replies. That all makes sense and is very good advice. I agree that the dynamic nature of ebooks is a good thing, and I was expecting that people will change the font size etc to their liking, but I'll just make sure that the book generally looks as I want in it's default state on the smaller formats like the iphone. I'll probably also reduce the font size on the quotes as well as the spacing. I do check it out on kindle for pc and that actually looks fine. Thanks again for the help everyone.
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