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Old 06-23-2013, 01:16 PM   #1
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Question Kindle book has two different fonts

The Kindle book I got from Amazon has two different fonts. Let me mention that, the chapters of the ebook are either titled 'Day' or 'June'. The text of the 'June' chapters are in a font that I have chosen as my default, but the chapters entitled 'Day' have another font, it's really bold and I find it distracting, I prefer to read in a light font but I can't seem to change it.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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Hard-coded font. Not very user friendly. If you're sufficiently bothered about it you could get rid of it easily enough using Calibre's "Tweak Book" facility.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:50 AM   #3
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Thank you but I think I'm going to have to leave it as it is since I'm not really knowledgeable (I know nothing about HTML and CSS in ebooks) when it comes to these things.

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Old 06-24-2013, 03:57 PM   #4
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Hard-coded font. Not very user friendly. If you're sufficiently bothered about it you could get rid of it easily enough using Calibre's "Tweak Book" facility.
I disagree somewhat. I want publishers to to hard code fonts when it makes sense to do so, for example if they want titles in a particular typeface to give it a more distinctive look. Users don't really need to override stuff like that.

I'd also allow for use of embedded fonts for special effects, for example when Harry Potter reads a magic scroll and the typography sets off that text in some distinctive typeface. I don't want that effect lost because I happen to prefer Helvetica for the main body text.

I've also encountered books similar to that referenced in the OT, where some chapters had their typeface hard coded but others did not. The intent was to remind the reader that the chapter represents a specific 'voice' or point of view, while the other chapters represented a variety of views. There are other ways to communicate this sort of thing typographically (use italics, bold, different paragraph styles etc.), and in this case I think it might have worked better had they chosen some other technique (after all the effect is lost if you happen to select the same typeface for the un-hard-coded text), but I think it should be an option.

But I agree that it is not user friendly when the whole book is hard coded and there's no way to override any of it (as in the bad old days of Topaz). It can seriously impact readability of the book for some users.
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Thank you but I think I'm going to have to leave it as it is since I'm not really knowledgeable (I know nothing about HTML and CSS in ebooks) when it comes to these things.
You can complain, either to Amazon (which very likely will bring the problem to the publisher's attention) or by giving it a three-star (whatever) review.

Kindle publishers do have an alternative in the form of Courier (monospace) font. I use it regularly for extracts that I want to set off from the default (typically Caecilia) font.
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Thank you but I think I'm going to have to leave it as it is since I'm not really knowledgeable (I know nothing about HTML and CSS in ebooks) when it comes to these things.
Use Tweak book to get at the code of the eBook. Then post the CSS here and maybe someone can see where the problem is and tell you how to fix it.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:27 AM   #7
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Here's the CSS of the ebook.

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.Part-title-HEAD {
display: block;
font-family: "Bank Gothic Medium", sans-serif;
font-size: 2em;
font-weight: bold;
line-height: 1.2;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.SCAP {
font-size: 0.77778em
}
.SCAP1 {
font-size: 0.75em
}
.calibre {
display: block;
font-family: "adobe caslon regular", serif;
font-size: 1em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 5pt;
margin-right: 5pt;
margin-top: 0;
padding-left: 0;
padding-right: 0
}
.calibre1 {
display: block
}
.calibre2 {
height: auto;
width: 100%
}
.calibre3 {
font-weight: bold
}
.calibre4 {
font-style: italic
}
.part {
display: block;
font-family: "OCR A Std", sans-serif;
font-size: 1em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 10%;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.w {
display: block;
text-align: center;
width: 100%
}
.x00HTMLBRK {
display: block;
font-size: 1em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0.5em;
text-indent: 0
}
.x01-Dedi {
display: block;
font-family: "Adobe Caslon Italic", serif;
font-size: 1em;
font-style: italic;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 25%;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.x01-FM-Copyright-Text {
display: block;
font-size: 0.58333em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.x01-FM-Copyright-Text-Space {
display: block;
font-size: 0.58333em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 9px;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.x01-FM-TP-Author {
display: block;
font-family: "Bank Gothic Light", sans-serif;
font-size: 2em;
line-height: 1.2;
margin-bottom: 25%;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 1em;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.x01-FM-TP-Imprint {
display: block;
font-family: "OCR A Std", sans-serif;
font-size: 0.75em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 6px;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.x01-FM-TP-Imprint-First {
display: block;
font-family: "OCR A Std", sans-serif;
font-size: 0.75em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.x01-LA-Text {
display: block;
font-family: "Adobe Caslon Semibold", serif;
font-size: 0.75em;
font-weight: 600;
margin-bottom: 1em;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 1em;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.x03-CO-Body-Text-DAY {
display: block;
font-family: MercuryBold, sans-serif;
font-size: 1em;
font-weight: bold;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: 0
}
.x03-CO-Body-Text-JUNE {
display: block;
font-size: 1em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: 0
}
.x04-Body-Text-DAY {
display: block;
font-family: MercuryBold, sans-serif;
font-size: 1em;
font-weight: bold;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: 1.5em
}
.x04-Body-Text-JUNE {
display: block;
font-size: 1em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: 1.5em
}
.x04-Space-Break-DAY-FL {
display: block;
font-family: MercuryBold, sans-serif;
font-size: 1em;
font-weight: bold;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 1em;
text-indent: 0
}
.x04-Space-Break-JUNE-FL {
display: block;
font-size: 1em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 1em;
text-indent: 0
}
.x06-Computer-Report {
display: block;
font-family: "OCR A Std", sans-serif;
font-size: 0.75em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 10%;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: -6px
}
.x06-Extract-Blog {
display: block;
font-family: Arial, sans-serif;
font-size: 0.75em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 10%;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: 1.5em
}
.x06-Extract-Blog-FL {
display: block;
font-family: Arial, sans-serif;
font-size: 0.75em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 10%;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: 0
}
.x06-Extract-Centered {
display: block;
font-family: "OCR A Std", sans-serif;
font-size: 1.125em;
line-height: 1.2;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.x06-Sign {
display: block;
font-family: "OCR A Std", sans-serif;
font-size: 0.75em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 10%;
margin-right: 10%;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: 0
}
.x06-Sign-Large {
display: block;
font-family: "OCR A Std", sans-serif;
font-size: 1em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 10%;
margin-right: 10%;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: 0
}
.x13-BM-Ack {
display: block;
font-size: 0.75em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: 1.5em
}
.x13-BM-Ack-FL {
display: block;
font-size: 0.75em;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 10%;
text-indent: 0
}
.x13-BM-Ack-Head {
display: block;
font-family: "Bank Gothic Medium", sans-serif;
font-size: 1.41667em;
font-weight: bold;
line-height: 1.2;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 10%;
text-align: center;
text-indent: 0
}
.x14-Date-Line-June {
display: block;
font-family: Diecast, sans-serif;
font-size: 1em;
font-weight: bold;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0;
margin-right: 0;
margin-top: 0;
text-indent: 0
}
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