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Writers' Cafe / Re: Smashwords?
« on: March 14, 2011, 02:13:41 pm »
I believe if you setup your chapter titles correctly (aka use a header style) they will also start on a new page where available.   I can try and confirm that tonight.   

Yes you can opt out of any store you like. 

What if my chapter title is actually an image? I suppose it would work to select the image then select a header style...

I guess that means that the first words on any new page, such as a copyright page, or dedication page, or anything has to be a header style?

Mobipocket creator handles my page breaks just fine...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Smashwords?
« on: March 14, 2011, 01:08:02 pm »
I read the smashwords formatting guide, and I was concerned when it talked about page breaks. It said not to use them in your Word document, because they may be removed and/or will cause conversion to fail. I feel it's very important for each chapter to start on a new page/screen. Because of this, I'm considering going to B&N and the individual ebook sellers myself rather than through smashwords. Opinons? Have people had the smashwords conversion remove their page breaks?

Also, it sounds like you can opt out of each ebook retailer individually - can someone confirm this? So, I could deal directly with Amazon and B&N, but have smashwords deal with kobo, sony store, iBooks, etc.?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Text-to-speech and images with text
« on: March 08, 2011, 09:23:10 am »
I'll just bump this once, just in case someone can help...

Writers' Cafe / Re: I left my publisher
« on: March 07, 2011, 09:48:42 am »
S...I am pretty happy that I can control the art, the pricing, the release dates...

Control is wonderful, isn't it? I'm wondering - and maybe all authors can jump in here - what if you could have best of both worlds - the control that you listed above (and what other benefits of self-publishing?), AND assistance or whatever other benefits that a publisher could provide. What would be the pie-in-the-sky, have-it-all scenario?

Writers' Cafe / Text-to-speech and images with text
« on: March 07, 2011, 09:30:00 am »
Hello everyone. I'm working on formatting a book for kindle. I'm going from Word to Mobipocket Creator, which is working very well with a few exceptions. My first question has to to with an image at the beginning of the first chapter. Within the image are the words "Chapter One" and the title of the first chapter. Then below the image, the text starts. It looks good. But if I use the text-to-speech, of course it doesn't know what words are in the image. So visually impaired people would miss out on those words.

I read on one blog that if you put alt text in the image tag in the HTML, then the text-to-speech will read it out loud. I do know HTML, so I deleted the prc file that mobipocket creator made, edited the HTML file and told it to rebuild the prc file. No luck. Then I started a new project in mobipocket creator starting with the HTML file that mobipocket creator had earlier made (rather than starting from the Word file) and still no luck. Any ideas?

My second question has to do with line spacing. The first letter of the first line of text in the chapter is larger. You can't do drop caps on kindle, but you can do what I call "up cap" - making the first letter larger. This works well except that there is a larger space between the 1st and 2nd lines than between the 2nd and 3rd lines because of that letter being bigger. In Word, I specified the between-line spacing for the paragraphs as an absolute, rather than based on text size (18 pts rather than 1.5 lines). So in Word it looks good - the space between the 1st & 2nd lines the same as between the 2nd and 3rd lines, but this doesn't seem to carry over to the prc file. There might be no way to fix this, but I thought I'd ask.


Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: Why won't it eject!!!
« on: March 01, 2011, 06:48:31 am »
Just a little more detail - you want to find "My Computer", or simply "Computer". Either there will be an icon on the desktop or you can go to the start menu and you should see it there on the right. You should then see the kindle listed. Right-click it and pick "eject". (is anybody else nervous that "format" is right next to "eject"?? :)  )

Have you called the phone number yet? Are you sure your dad bought it new from Amazon?

I've heard of kindles that can't register, and you get that message to call, if it's been blacklisted - reported lost or stolen.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Book Files Update?
« on: February 28, 2011, 06:19:59 am »
I've had an instance where I knew the author updated the book, and so I emailed Kindle CS and explained it, and they said that they fixed it so that the next time I turned on the kindle and synced, it would be the new version, and it was.

I suspect Amazon doesn't do it automatically because you'd loose all your notes and highlights (the new version likely has a very slightly different number of locations, or some other changes that cause a highlights file to not work with the new version).

I'm starting to think that Amazon will avoid the whole fight with Apple by pulling the Kindle app (which shouldn't affect current users)...

It needs refining, and would probably have to be modified and updated to reflect the bells and whistles that are available on the other apps, bur what if it wasn't? ...

It seems like it WOULD affect current users, who use the app on their iPhone or iPad. The app currently installed might continue to work, IF you never update your iPhone/iPad. An update would certainly stop the app from working. It's possible that even syncing to iTunes would cause the app to stop working. Apple isn't going to let the current app keeping working if they feel it breaks their rules (my guess).

Also, although I think the web version is a decent option, it does require one to be connected to the internet, so it wouldn't work well for people who want to read somewhere that they don't have a constant connection. I'm especially thinking of the non-3G devices (wi-fi iPad, and iPod Touch).

Regardless of these issues, I do think Amazon should NOT cave to Apple, and would prefer they pull their app if they can't find a reasonable agreement. Everyone will know it was Apple that was a di*k, not Amazon.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: pg numbers ?????
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:52:48 am »
am wondering if whispernet has to be on all the time for pg numbers

No, once your kindle has downloaded the page number file (over whispernet) then you don't need wireless on. What I'm not sure about is - some people have asked what happens when you download books for your kindle from Amazon to your PC, to transfer with the cord. Will you never get page numbers? Or will they somehow embed the page number info in mobi files in the future?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: pg numbers ?????
« on: February 22, 2011, 01:27:57 pm »
If you have a non-Amazon book (or even an Amazon book w/o page numbers) but want page numbers, there's someone on Mobile Reads who made a little program that makes the page info file that the kindle now uses:

I've used it - it works like a charm. It doesn't work on .prc files (I don't really know what the difference is between prc and mobi - I was able to just change one of my book's file extension from prc to mobi and the book worked fine, as well as the page file).

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: pg numbers ?????
« on: February 22, 2011, 08:45:05 am »
First, it only works on books you've bought from Amazon, that also have a DTB version.

Second, it takes a while, with your wireless turned on, for your kindle to download the page data file for the books for which one is available. Some people have mentioned the page numbers showing up the next day.

If you go to the amazon page for each kindle book you have, it will say which ISBN book the page numbers are referenced to, if there are page numbers, so that will help you figure out if you should be seeing page numbers.

Hm... It says the app developer can only have 3000 items in its "catalog". So what if Amazon did offer 3000 items (maybe only free titles??) so that they wouldn't loose money "selling" books through the app and having to give 30% to Apple. Apple can't say, "Hey! you have to offer all your books!" because it's not possible - there can only be 3000. Then Amazon can email all it's users explaining the situation and telling people they have to buy their books through the web browser, and Amazon isn't allowed to put a link to it in the app, so people will have to type themselves.

The question is, would Apple let Amazon provide users access to books they didn't buy through the app?

Although I've commented here, I think it's somewhat silly, other than as a warning to kindle book users who are considering buying an apple device. The Amazon folks know a lot more about this than we do, I'm sure, and they will figure out what to do.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: My Kindle developed a crack!
« on: February 22, 2011, 06:15:30 am »
I haven't returned mine yet because I have until August, and maybe the longer I wait, the more likely it is they resolve the problem(s).

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: limited Kindle 3 functionality
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:59:22 am »
Do any of you have received enabled Collections Kindle direct from Amazon ???
If yes... It means that I did not deserve...   :(

Not sure what you mean. Once you get the kindle registered (or, get it to realize that it already is registered), from the home screen you press Menu, then pick "Create New Collection". Then you add books to the collection.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: limited Kindle 3 functionality
« on: February 18, 2011, 08:19:07 am »
Well, there are a lot of places to get books that are compatible other than Amazon. . .without buying anything questionable even.

It is registered, by entering the serial number on the Manage Your Kindle page. That's how he is able to download books from Amazon that work on it. But it has never connected to Amazon wirelessly, so the kindle device "thinks" it's not registered, and won't allow collections.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: limited Kindle 3 functionality
« on: February 18, 2011, 08:09:31 am »
the mobile reads forum has a method for how to do this via USB. I think it was often used by people overseas who... well I don't recall what the problem is. I haven't found the specific thread yet, but here is the forum:

Edit - Here's the thread, though it is for the K2 and involves hacking the kindle.

If it was me, I would a) ask the nurse or a friend or family member to take it somewhere and register it (and actually, it is registered, that's how you are able to download books via pc. What you really need help with is synching it via wi-fi just once for collections to work); b) install wi-fi in my house; or c) return the kindle and get the 3G version.

The advantage of b & c options is that not only do you not have to connect it to your computer to get books, but it will also back up your notes and highlights, as well as your collections.

One more thing. Some files in my Google Docs are prc and those download fine to the kindle. I'm not sure what the difference is, but if I download a troublesome mobi to my computer, change the file extension to prc, and put it back up, I can download to the kindle just fine.

I can't seem to simply rename them within google docs because I ended up with and it still didn't work.

This is a pretty specific issue, so I have doubts anyone can help. But...

I have some non-drm'ed books stored in my Google Docs account. In the past, I've been able to use the mobile version of google to find my books while using the kindle 3 browser, and click on them, and then download to my kindle just as they do at feedbooks or other places.

Recently, though, with many (but not all) of my .mobi books (some are .prc), the kindle gives me the message that it can only download mobi, prc, txt, etc. But it IS mobi. Other mobi books download just fine and I don't see any similarities among the ones that do vs. the ones that don't.

Any ideas?

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: turning wireless on
« on: February 17, 2011, 11:33:51 am »
Also, when it asks if you want to turn on "wireless", you're assuming it means wi-fi. That's not the case. When it says "wireless" it means it will look for an unlocked wi-fi signal, and if it finds that, it uses it (unless you go into the settings and tell it to forget it) and if it doesn't find an unlocked wi-fi signal, it will use 3G.

Yeah it was in spam. The weird thing is that both the email from Amazon and the email from me (forwarding the email from Amazon) went to spam even though he normally gets email from both of us.

I tried to lend a friend a book. First, I put his email address for who the loan should go to. He never got the email. So then we had to wait a week until the loan offer expired and I could re-loan it. So I loaned it to my own email address, go the loan offer email, and forwarded it to him. He didn't get that one either. So I went to the email and right-clicked on the "get your loaned book now" button and copied the link location, and sent him an email with the link location. That worked for him.

I wouldn't think his email would have put it in the spam folder, since he regularly does get email from both me and Amazon. Any ideas what's going wrong?

My impression is that if they sell a book anywhere (such as, then they have to have the option in the app to sell the book in the app (Apple getting 30%). Since Amazon only gets 30%, from both Agency Model books AND self-published books that are in the 70% commission bracket, Amazon would get NO money from those books. Worse, Amazon would actually loose money since they have to pay AT&T some money for 3G book transmission (I'm not sure how that works on iPhones, but if someone bought all their books in-app, and then wanted to download them to their kindle also, Amazon would be making zero money off of books, yet would have to support the download of those books over 3G forever, plus website hosting of the books, CS costs, etc.).

SO, if my assumptions above are correct, I think that Amazon would simply choose not to have an iPhone app at all, rather than loose money. So THAT'S the problem.

Some people will be p*ssed at Amazon for removing the apps rather than modifying the apps to fit Apple's demands, but I think far more people will be mad at Apple, and choose not to get an iPhone or iPad (or sell the one they have) and buy a kindle. Or choose not to sell their kindle (as many people did when they got iPads). I think it would hurt Apple more than Amazon especially since this doesn't just affect Amazon customers, but also Netflix, hulu, the B&N ebook store, etc.

I am SO mad about this.  It just makes Apple look greedy to take a 30% cut.  I have had my Verizon iPhone for 9 days and I think when I signed up, I read I had 15 days to return it and I am seriously thinking about returning it and getting an Andriod.
If you did plan on reading your kindle books on your iPhone, I would return it, and make sure the store knows why. Apple seems to get more and more restrictive with their devices. You'll probably be plenty happy with an Android phone.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Chess!
« on: February 11, 2011, 06:18:57 am »
Is there an option to get tips so beginners can learn easier?

From the main screen of the game, there is a link for "how to play chess", but I don't see any options for it to give you hints as you play. It does let you take back your last move, though, which is a great way to learn. I'd recommend playing many many games on level 1, taking back moves as necessary, until you win one. Then play level 1 until you can win without taking back moves. Then move to level 2.

I recommend the DTB Play Winning Chess by Yasser Seirawan, if you'd like to learn. He has a whole series of books that go into more and more detail. At this time, I can't recommend a kindle version of a chess book - there's just too much flipping back and forth from a chess board diagram, to lists of moves, to text descriptions.

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