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Old 11-01-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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Changing Font Size Changes Paragraph Format

I have a Sony PRS 350. I usually read Epub books downloaded from libraries.

When reading dialog, the proper paragraph format is to begin a new line with each change of person in the dialog. This displays correctly as long as the downloaded book is read (displayed) in the "S" (small) size.

But that is too small for my eyes, so I usually read with the size set to "M" or "L". But when I do this the paragraph dialog format is destroyed and mulitple dialog statements are listed in the same line. This make for difficult reading to track who is speaking and responding.

How can I avoid or correct this problem?

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Old 11-01-2011, 04:49 PM   #2
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I don't know how either and it drives me crazy but I can live with it ... I tend to have to read with a M too.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:25 PM   #3
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Are you certain they are EPUB not PDF?

It's probably fair to say that there are many badly created EPUBs around. I don't believe a well-formed EPUB would behave in this way. It's hard to say more without seeing one.

Have you tried opening the EPUB up and looking at the HTML code for some of this badly-behaving dialogue.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:13 AM   #4
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I have been changing font sizes on epubs I purchased from SONY's store regularly and this has never happened to me - although at times it would do weird things at the 'next page' line - like adding extra empty lines. But it has generally to do with poor epub formatting.

But I have never seen anything like what you describe.

I would assume it has something to do with poor formatting of the epub.

A PDF would indeed behave that way.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:05 PM   #5
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Are you certain they are EPUB not PDF?

It's probably fair to say that there are many badly created EPUBs around. I don't believe a well-formed EPUB would behave in this way. It's hard to say more without seeing one.

Have you tried opening the EPUB up and looking at the HTML code for some of this badly-behaving dialogue.
Hi Jackie,
This one I have now is definitely an Epub, and downloaded from Phila Free Library via Overdrive. And this is not the first time I have had this problem from library epubs.
Yeah, I thought that epub was supposed to take care of this problem, but you may be right that it is poorly formatted. I have also seen numerous example of two words run together and missing the separator space. Certainly no proof reading!

So how does a bad epub come into being? Can I fix it up via Calibre? Probably not due to the DRM...
Any ideas as to how to repair a poor DRM protected epub?

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Old 11-02-2011, 12:23 PM   #6
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I'm afraid there's not much you can do unless the DRM is removed.
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...Any ideas as to how to repair a poor DRM protected epub?

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Remove the DRM.

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