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Old 07-16-2015, 09:11 PM   #1
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EPUB to MOBI, kindle shows extra space after quotation mark

Hi all,
I have a bit of a bizzare issue and was hoping someone can shed some light on this one.

I just bought a Kindle Paperweight 2015 version. I also use Calibre. I have bunch of books in .EPUB that I converted to .MOBI, and uploaded the files to Kindle via USB.

the file shows fine, and the conversion looks fine.. but I noticed that for every leading quote followed by a capital C, Kindle shows extra space between the two. All other letters following the leading quote has no space.

so instead of
"Captain"
it shows
" Captain"

I looked at the MOBI file that is on my computer using Calibre, and strangely enough, the extra spacing does not exist when I display it using Calibre. but the same file viewed within Kindle after being uploaded, I get extra space, in combination with " and C.

I don't know if this means there's some control character that is being inserted in the " and C combination during the translation, or it's some bizzare Kindle bug when dealing with MOBI files generated by Calibre. so far I have noticed this pattern in at least 2 of the books.

I would be willing to edit the .MOBI file with search/replace, but since the extra space doesn't show up when viewed in Calibre, I'm not sure what to look for now.

and I don't know if this is Kindle problem or some translation problem between EPUB and MOBI.

any clue?
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I have bunch of books in .EPUB that I converted to .MOBI, and uploaded the files to Kindle via USB.
MOBI is the old Kindle format. Select AZW3 as the output format for better results

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[...]but I noticed that for every leading quote followed by a capital C, Kindle shows extra space between the two.
Some epub books use special styles that'll display initial quotation marks as drop caps and/or in a larger/different font. I.e., the space might have come from a style (possibly via a pseudo selector) or a hard-coded non-breaking space.

Please post the HTML code and the relevant styles of a sentence where this problem occurs.
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