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Old 10-12-2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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ebooks that won't let you change the font

A lot of ebooks I get from Amazon lately won't let me change the font, and they open up in serif with very large spacing between lines. I did install the font size hack recently, I'm not sure if that is the cause of it or not but if I run the faulty ebooks through Calibre first they open with normal spacing and I can change the font to sans-serif.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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Unfortunately that is usually due to the author/publisher hard-coding the formats. Most allow us to choose our formats but a few hard-code them. You need to Google Alf and learn how to liberate the books then use calibre to reformat them.

They use CSS (cascading style sheets) to hard-code the formatting. After liberating a book, you can change or override the CSS coding.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:11 PM   #3
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Which Kindle do you have, Mr. Ploppy? Font size/type problems are showing up on the KF8 Kindle devices (Paperwhite, Kindle Touch, and now the Kindle Keyboard with the recent 3.4 update, which brought KF8 to that device). I don't know if the $69 has the issue. The line height bug is a known problem on the devices.

As jswinden mentioned, the issue shows up when authors/publishers hard-code the font formatting (size, font type, etc.) for ebook body text. They should not specify these settings so readers can select their own preferences.

I suggest that you report the problem to the author/publisher if you have a way to do that and/or report the problem to Amazon via the link at the bottom of the ebook's product page there.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:52 PM   #4
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I had this happen on my Paperwhite actually. It was one of the free books, so I just thought it was something to do with keeping the cost down. I know nothing about coding or hacking so, I could be completely wrong with my theory. lol
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:01 PM   #5
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A simple run through Calibre will fix it. Just check the fonts box in the Look n Feel conversation tab. Seeing the Pdoc cloud doesn't support KF8 yet I still read in mobi. I do have a couple KF8s I made for the Fire using merge epub plugin then converted them over to AZW3 (KF8). Those are sideloaded.
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