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On 10/17/2023 3:59 AM, Philip Jackson wrote:
On 17/10/2023 03:28, Virgil Arrington wrote:
And, if you’re serious about publishing to the Amazon Kindle store then you might want to check out Kindle Previewer as well.
After finalising the setup in Sigil, I run the epub through Amazon's Previewer to check how it displays and if all's good, Previewer will export a .kpf file which is one of KDP's preferred formats for uploading (they'll also accept epub).

That's interesting that Amazon accepts EPUB files. I've always been under the impression that Kindles only use one of Amazon's proprietary file formats. In fact, I have never found a way to load and read an EPUB file on a Kindle device, whether it's my dedicated Kindle, a Kindle Fire, or the Kindle app on my phone. Is there some secret to getting Kindles to read and display EPUB files?

Perhaps there is a difference between what Amazon will accept for their store and what will actually display on a Kindle device.


I'm not sure about what's exactly inside the kpf file but it's 'enormous' compared to the original epub file although a subsequent download from Amazon is only about the same size as the epub. So possibly the kpf contains several variants that Amazon uses for different readers.

I also check the epub display in Adobe Digital Editions. One thing is for sure, not all ereading devices are equal and sometimes they can give an awful display. 'Drop Caps' are one of the worst for variability when you compare the appearance on different reading devices.


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