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dsotam

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Font size
Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:12 AM
 
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What font size do you use?

Because someone bought my book and said it was too small and she never had to change font size before.

And yes, I know kindle allows to change font size, but for the reader to say mine was smaller than all of her books, means people are writing in bigger font size than me.

I use Times New Roman at 12.

Thanks in advance.
cjeasyaspie

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Re: Font size
Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:45 AM   in response to: dsotam in response to: dsotam
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I think most likely the reader was simply mistaken. 12 points is probably most used.

If you will post your book name, I'll take a look to see if I can see anything wrong.

Happy Kindling,

CJ, at CJ's Easy as Pie Kindle Tutorials
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dsotam

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Re: Font size
Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:50 AM   in response to: cjeasyaspie in response to: cjeasyaspie
 
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Well, that's strange. Perhaps she clicked on something.

Here's my book and thanks :)

http://www.amazon.com/Working-for-Heat-ebook/dp/B0058WBUNG/

Also, I asked her the model, it was a Kindle Touch.
cjeasyaspie

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Re: Font size
Posted: Nov 7, 2012 1:16 PM   in response to: dsotam in response to: dsotam
 
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Well, that's strange. Perhaps she clicked on something. Here's my book and thanks
http://www.amazon.com/Working-for-Heat-ebook/dp/B0058WBUNG/
Also, I asked her the model, it was a Kindle Touch.

uh-oh... I've heard more than once that there is "something" different about the Touch.

I don't have one and I've never seen the problem tracked down so I don't know how to help there.

Your book (sample) displays just fine on the Cloud and on my Kindle.

I think it's most likely that the problem lies with the Touch, not your book.

Happy Kindling,

CJ, at CJ's Easy as Pie Kindle Tutorials
http://www.cjs-easy-as-pie.com/
cj-01@cjs-easy-as-pie.com

Edited by: cjeasyaspie on Nov 7, 2012 1:16 PM
dsotam

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Re: Font size
Posted: Nov 7, 2012 1:19 PM   in response to: cjeasyaspie in response to: cjeasyaspie
 
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Ok, glad to hear it my book previews just fine. :)

Ahh, the Touch is "special" is it? Hahah

Thanks for your trouble,

Cheers from Portugal.
mrlasers

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Re: Font size
Posted: Nov 7, 2012 2:55 PM   in response to: dsotam in response to: dsotam
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Your reader is most certainly not mistaken. This is a very common problem (as it is inherent to any book converted straight from a word processor through KDP) that presents a very annoying reading experience for those using eInk Kindle devices. The problem comes from some Kindle devices/readers displaying explicit font sizing (generally in points, as you'd get with most any word processor) at differing sizes relative to "default." This affects all KF8 titles with explicit font sizing and can lead to the text appearing smaller or larger (in some cases by large margins) than what should be considered proper, causing readers to constantly have to adjust their reading text size when switching books. This affects all eInk Kindles that support KF8, which at this point is most of the Kindles sold in the last two-plus years.

What you can do to correct it is save your manuscript as HTML, remove or replace the explicit font-sizing, and then upload the corrected file to KDP. This will also allow you to correct for other defects introduced through the use of word processors, which include loss of styling when following hyperlinks and explicit font faces (font-family) that can prevent readers from choosing their preferred reading font. Though I won't go into those particular defects and their resolutions here, we have discussed them at length in a host of other threads over the past few months.

What you'll want to look for in the HTML file is any instance of the CSS property "font-size," which will appear like this for text formatted in your word processor to 12 points: font-size:12pt;

In cases where this property is applied to text that should appear at the "default" size you'll want to remove the property and its value entirely. This will generally include any font sizes in the 10-13pt range. For significantly larger (or smaller) font sizing, such as for chapter headings, you'll want to replace the explicit font size with a relative value, typically expressed as a percentage.

For example, if you have the following in your chapter heading style:

font-size:18pt;

You'd want to change it to this:

font-size:150%;

Depending on how cleanly you've formatted your original word processing file there might only be a handful of these properties to clean up. Or you might have them inserted inline on almost every paragraph in your book. The find & replace dialog will be your friend here as it will allow you to much more quickly eliminate these problems.

Another solution, which I find much less optimal (but may work for very simple books), would be to compile your book using older tools like MobiPocket Creator or any version of KindleGen prior to 2.0. These programs only produce Mobi7 formatted content, which will translate all font sizes to one of the seven standard sizes provided for in HTML. In this format any text that is in 11pt or 12pt font size will translate to the same size as the "default."

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divorcedoctor

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Re: Font size
Posted: Nov 8, 2012 1:05 AM   in response to: cjeasyaspie in response to: cjeasyaspie
 
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uh-oh... I've heard more than once that there is "something" different about the Touch.

I don't even know what it IS (or was) because it is no longer in the new Preview ver 2.71 released this morning
cjeasyaspie

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Posted: Nov 8, 2012 5:31 AM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
 
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uh-oh... I've heard more than once that there is "something" different about the Touch.

I don't even know what it IS (or was) because it is no longer in the new Preview ver 2.71 released this morning

Well, Amazon HAS done something strange to this new version of Preview, but I don't know what.

It locked up on me at first use... and the locked page said "Touch" on the header.

I thought maybe they intended to rotate through the different versions.
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Posted: Nov 8, 2012 11:18 AM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
 
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I don't even know what it IS (or was) because it is no longer in the new Preview ver 2.71 released this morning

Kindle Touch is the 4th generation Kindle device with a resistive touchscreen. Like the Kindle Keyboard (3rd Generation Kindle) it has been updated to support KF8-formatted content. The option to Preview KF8 content on these devices was removed from Kindle Previewer in 2.7, leaving only the Paperwhite (basically the same thing, but the display resolution is larger), Kindle (~3rd Generation, Mobi7-only), and DX. Not a huge loss in the larger scheme of things, since the Touch preview mode had some significant defects of its own that prevented it from displaying several common formatting features that work perfectly on hardware.

For evaluating font-size defects as they would appear on Touch/Keyboard in KF8, the Paperwhite previewer mode should be more than sufficient. It even shares the same display defect that makes monospace text appear much smaller than other fonts at the same size.

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punchygonzales

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Posted: Nov 8, 2012 12:58 PM   in response to: cjeasyaspie in response to: cjeasyaspie
 
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"It locked up on me at first use... and the locked page said "Touch" on the header."

Paperwhite mode often freezes the app. It doesn't seem to matter what kind of content the file has either (KF8 or mobi 6-7).
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Posted: Nov 8, 2012 1:22 PM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
 
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Paperwhite mode often freezes the app. It doesn't seem to matter what kind of content the file has either (KF* or mobi 6-7).

Enabling Kindle Previewer passage through your firewall may alleviate some or all of these issues.

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punchygonzales

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Posted: Nov 8, 2012 4:45 PM   in response to: mrlasers in response to: mrlasers
 
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What could a firewall have to do with the app having problems with just ONE device mode?

1) If Previewer is downloading auto updates, then it's already passing through your firewall with no problems.

2) The only time firewall could possible come into play is when Previewer is checking for updates or actually downloading an update. The chances of either of these events occurring when you just happen to be in Paperwhite mode is between slim and none unless youhave Previewer set to open in Paperwhite mode. (I do not.)
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Posted: Nov 8, 2012 5:21 PM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
 
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What could a firewall have to do with the app having problems with just ONE device mode?

Some of the device modes make use of a web service as part of the preview display. This has been the case since the "Kindle Touch" mode was added to Previewer in version 2.5 (iirc).

1) If Previewer is downloading auto updates, then it's already passing through your firewall with no problems.

Not necessarily. Automatic updates worked fine with the 2.5 update, but the Touch mode would almost always fail without explicit access through the firewall. With even a moderate understanding of the function of firewalls it's not hard to see how some features can be impaired with limited access while others work properly. Common variables in these scenarios might be transport protocol, connection port, firewall setting configuration, etc.

2) The only time firewall could possible come into play is when Previewer is checking for updates or actually downloading an update. The chances of either of these events occurring when you just happen to be in Paperwhite mode is between slim and none unless youhave Previewer set to open in Paperwhite mode. (I do not.)

The Paperwhite mode uses the same previewing process as the previous Touch mode, which as I've explained may require specific permissions through your firewall. You should really check your firewall settings. The documentation accompanying your firewall software or router should have instructions on how to do this, should you need help.

On Windows (using the included Microsoft firewall) you would generally have been notified about a request for such access when first using Kindle Previewer, but this may not always be the case and can vary depending on your firewall software and configuration.

I can appreciate and respect one having confidence in their own skills, it's an essential element for success. However, I think you far too often overestimate your own knowledge and abilities, while lacking the requisite experience to even realize where you might be coming up short. You would do well to listen to those who know more than you from time to time. But by all means, continue down the path of ignorance as you always do. There's no reason to listen to me just because the solution I've given you apparently works for everyone who tries it.

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punchygonzales

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Re: Font size
Posted: Nov 8, 2012 7:12 PM   in response to: mrlasers in response to: mrlasers
 
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"Some of the device modes make use of a web service as part of the preview display.

"Automatic updates worked fine with the 2.5 update, but the Touch mode would almost always fail without explicit access through the firewall."

Your talking about that dumb Webreader for silly RSS feeds that gave Previewer 2.5 such problems. That has nothing to do with the Paperwhite mode in 2.7. Turn your firewall off altogether and it won't help a damned bit.

"With even a moderate understanding of the function of firewalls it's not hard to see how some features can be impaired with limited access while others work properly. Common variables in these scenarios might be transport protocol, connection port, firewall setting configuration, etc."

It appears your understanding of firewalls is quite limited indeed. The problem lies with Kindle Previewer not wanting to play well on a 64-bit platform. Running in compatibility mode won't help either. This is not a firewall issue period. Think a little dumbass.
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Re: Font size
Posted: Nov 8, 2012 7:15 PM   in response to: mrlasers in response to: mrlasers
 
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"There's no reason to listen to me just because the solution I've given you apparently works for everyone who tries it."

Name one person on a Windows 7/64 platform who's having problems with Paperwhite mode in Previewer 2.7 where either changing firewall settings or turning off their firewall altogether has helped Paperwhite mode display better.
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