Originally Posted by MartinC
I had a similar problem with Kobo that I was never able to resolve. I think they use the description given in the book's metadata, rather than the one supplied separately.
Nah, this one I can tell because I had similar difficulties trying to attach a description to the metadata (even started a thread on the Sigil sub-forum about it*) but eventually I gave up and wrote a special single paragraph description just for the metadata. So I can tell that Kobo got their description from BookBaby, not from the EPub, and I know BookBaby didn't screw up the paragraphs because Amazon got them right.
BookBaby got back to me and said they will put in a request to have the descriptions fixed, but it may take up to three weeks.
ETA: And I see that Copia now have the book up, and they're only showing the first of the three paragraphs (with no obvious "show more" or anything, and again not the metadata version). Sheesh, do these people even test their processes?
* There seems to be no standard/accepted way of providing structure to book descriptions in EPUB metadata, apparently some people have had some success in editing the epub directly (not through Sigil or whatever) and encoding basic html like <p>...</p> etc (as &xxx; etc.). But you are not guaranteed to have it interpreted correctly because, as far as I can find out, no one actually knows what correctly is.