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Offline Mimsy

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Barnes & Noble Nook Blurb Lost Formatting
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:27:41 pm »
I just switched from Draft2Digital to uploading direct to Barnes & Noble via Nook Press. I formatted my blurb like I always do (two header lines and two separate paragraphs) but, when it went live, everything was mashed together into one untidy run-on paragraph. I emailed Nook support but it's been 48 hours and I haven't heard back. Is there some trick to blurb formatting for Barnes & Noble? This was never an issue when I submitted through D2D.

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    Re: Barnes & Noble Nook Blurb Lost Formatting
    « Reply #1 on: June 08, 2018, 01:43:57 pm »
    I had the same issue when uploading my husband's boxed set, it was a huge mess - so I just used https://kindlepreneur.com/amazon-book-description-generator/ and copied it into the blurb area, worked like a charm! Hope that helps :)

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    Re: Barnes & Noble Nook Blurb Lost Formatting
    « Reply #2 on: June 08, 2018, 02:07:35 pm »
    You need to use HTML, it's not wysiwyg. And it's messy HTML at that. Line breaks work better than paragraph breaks in my experience.

    It's a total pita.
    I had the same issue when uploading my husband's boxed set, it was a huge mess - so I just used https://kindlepreneur.com/amazon-book-description-generator/ and copied it into the blurb area, worked like a charm! Hope that helps :)

    Thank you both! I'm trying to update it with html now. Hopefully that will work for me.

    ETA: It hasn't worked, unfortunately. Unless it is just taking super long to update the changes. I entered my blurb in html and re-published the change, but even after all these hours, it's still the same mass of unformatted text.  :(
    « Last Edit: June 08, 2018, 04:57:32 pm by Mimsy »

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    Re: Barnes & Noble Nook Blurb Lost Formatting
    « Reply #3 on: June 09, 2018, 01:08:12 am »
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    No, I don't know why you have to say it twice, but it's working. Copy that bit of html everywhere you want a paragraph.

    Thanks for the advice! The html changes finally registered. It just took all day. Nerve racking!

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    Re: Barnes & Noble Nook Blurb Lost Formatting
    « Reply #4 on: June 09, 2018, 07:01:09 am »
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    No, I don't know why you have to say it twice, but it's working. Copy that bit of html everywhere you want a paragraph.

    I have found the same thing to be true on Author Central, where <p> gets me nothing. (One says it twice in order to get the blank line we expect to see between paragraphs on web pages.)

    About B&N Support: in the days when I uploaded to B&N (I now use Draft2Digital), their Support was just about nonexistent.
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    Re: Barnes & Noble Nook Blurb Lost Formatting
    « Reply #5 on: June 09, 2018, 12:59:54 pm »
    I have found the same thing to be true on Author Central, where <p> gets me nothing. (One says it twice in order to get the blank line we expect to see between paragraphs on web pages.)

    About B&N Support: in the days when I uploaded to B&N (I now use Draft2Digital), their Support was just about nonexistent.

    How disappointing. I thought if you went direct the support was supposed to be better? But you're right. B&N support never even answered my message about formatting. If I hadn't been able to get the answer here, I'd have been out of luck!

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