A different proof reading on Kindle question

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Has anyone tried looking at the same book on both a Kindle reader and on Kindle for your PC?
Or in other words, does Kindle for your PC give you the identical results to having a Kindle reader?
 

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Not sure, as it's a while ago, but I think I downloaded the sample of my book (Bane of Souls) after it was published. I'd checked on the reader but wanted to make sure, and it looked to be formatted just the same.
 

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Given that one can download Kindle for PC for free**, Montero, the answer is but a few clicks away.


(Also available are: Kindle for Android, Kindle for Mac, Kindle for iPad, Kindle for iPhone.)






** - Windows 7, Vista and XP.
 

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Hi Ursa. The answer is only a few clicks away if you also own a Kindle. I don't. I've just got Kindle for PC. :)

So what I am concerned with here, is if I were to self-publish on Kindle, did all the checking on Kindle for PC and got the formatting all nice. Will it be just the same on a Kindle itself.

And as Ursa has also made me aware, does it look the same too on other versions of Kindle for computers?

In an ideal world the answer to all the above should be yes. But has anyone here actually tested it? :)
 
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I haven't, thanks, but my basic question still stands. Have you done that and then compared the results to what actually happens on Kindle, Kindle for PC, Kindle for other things?

After quite a few years working in IT, I only believe it is all the same when I have

a) Tested it myself
or
b) Had reports from other people who tested it themselves.

(OK I can do Preview to Kindle for PC myself, but not any of the others.)
 

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Sorry, Montero. :eek:

I understood your initial question to mean that you wanted to know if the Kindle for PC output was the same as the other way round. (Given that the former is free, I should have known you meant, "What will it look like on the Kindle?")


I've never even downloaded the Kindle for PC, as I already spend too much time looking at PC screens. But even if I had both, it's difficult to answer. The Kindle has eight font sizes (two above smallest); three typefaces (regular, condensed, sans serif); three line spacings (small, medium, large); three 'words per line' settings** (fewest, fewer, default). The ones I'm using are underlined.


** - All this seems to do is to change the size of the left and right margins.

I've only ever changed the font size, and that was due solely to a couple of books I'd bought arriving with ridiculously large fonts.
 

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Pretty much what Ursa has said. From someone who has both, it's worth knowing that they will display differently due to the limitations of e-ink and Kindle's software. The Kindle Fire, just like Kindle for PC will display your book in the font you format in, with the font size you choose and in all the colours you can ask for. The standard Kindle won't do that - just a basic font, pre-defined font sizes and spacing rules apply.

If you want to be sure your book will read sufficiently well in both, you need to follow Amazon KDPs instructions for formatting in Word or you might come unstuck. And even then don't assume it will come out as it should ("assume" makes a you know what out of "u" and "me" in this case,). You really need Kindle Previewer to be sure.

Hope this helps...
 

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@ Ursa <SFX bear hug> :D

And everyone, thanks for all the info. Does help clarify things. In my ideal world (where I'd be incredibly rich) I'd have one of everything so I could test on all. (But thinking about it if I was incredibly rich, I'd actually be paying someone else to do the formatting and getting it right and just swan around doing the artistic stuff.)

Are there any particularly annoying formatting bloopers on Kindle that anyone has come across? Things to avoid?
 

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Are there any particularly annoying formatting bloopers on Kindle that anyone has come across? Things to avoid?
I've only sent one thing of my own to the Kindle** was some text to see how it would look, so I haven't formatted anything for myself or with 3rd party help.

However, it strikes me that there's one thing that may cause problems, which is the extra line between scenes within chapters. Given that the reader can alter all the things I've listed in my previous post, the author has no control over where the blank lines might appear; there is thus the danger that the reader might miss one or more of them, particularly if they appear at the bottom of a page. (I don't know how the Kindle handles a blank line at the top of the page, but unless it's "swallowed" by the display routines, it should be more obvious than if it was the last line on the previous page.)

Perhaps the asterisk one finds in books (and the # found in manuscripts) ought to be in the published ebook, to help the reader see the change in scene.

Now it so happens, for an obscure reason to do with my frame story, that all the scene breaks in my main story are numbered (I, II, III...), so I shouldn't have this problem; however, I'm not sure whether the Kindle format has the equivalent of keep line with next, as I'm not sure I'd want a IV, for example, to sit on the last line of a page rather than directly above the text.



** - If you email a Word file, say, to your Kindle account, it's formatted for you.
 

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Table of Contents is right pain in the bum, if I'm honest. Chapter headings look fine until you jump to them, then they go screwy.

Other than that, there isn't really anything that should cause too many problems unless you are not using Word's paragraph styles and text formatting. (And then it's a ruddy nightmare!)

Text breaks with Roman numerals should work okay too providing you have the spacings adjusted to 6 or 12pt after each para.
 
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