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Old 04-23-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
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Master List of Books with Known Formatting Issues

Is this something we could do here? Perhaps make it a sticky? It would be really useful, IMO, to list all known books with formatting problems. When the problem is (hopefully) fixed, we could go back and edit to let people know.

Maybe a format like this?

Title:
Author:
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Steps Taken (if any):(e.g., notified author via blog, Amazon CS, publisher)

Would anyone else find this helpful? I could definitely start off with a couple of books!
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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Definitely. Great idea. If it gets going, I'll contribute a couple I've bought recently.
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Title: Coldfire Trilogy (Black Sun Rising, Crown of Shadows, When True Night Falls)
Author: C.S. Friedman
ASIN: original: B000FCKPBM, B000GCFDH2, B000FCK7TW
Format: Kindle
Issue(s): 1) Paragraph formatting is backward -- first line of each para. goes to left margin, rest of the paragraph is indented; 2) start of book goes to chapter 1 rather than prologue (BSR)
Steps Taken (if any): Contacted author and Amazon in April 2008; author forwarded concern to publisher (Betsy Wollheim at DAW), who promised a fix; followed up in June 2008, still no fix; books pulled from Amazon at subsequent date. Wrote to Daw in April 2009 for status, received generic response from Penguin about "converting as many new and back list titles to ebook format as we can."

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Old 04-23-2009, 05:15 PM   #4
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Title: Turn Coat
Author: Jim Butcher
ASIN: B001V6P124
Format: Kindle
Issue(s): Large spaces between paragraphs; text repeated in first paragraph of ch. 17, ch. 20.
Steps Taken (if any): Several readers contacted Amazon and author via website. Amazon claims to be working with publisher (Penguin) to get spacing issue resolved (see discussion on item's page).

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Old 04-23-2009, 05:17 PM   #5
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This is an excellent idea and I made it a sticky.
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:44 PM   #6
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Can we make it a non Amazon specific? All you have to do is add in the format and we will know it's from Amazon if it says AZW or Topaz.
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:57 PM   #7
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Well, this is in the Kindle forum, but other than to keeping it to commercial books (not free, PD material) I don't really have an objection.
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:26 PM   #8
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Title: Phantoms
Author: Dean Koontz
ASIN: B001RWQVSK
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Issue(s): Extra paragraph spacing. Some pages have only one or two sentences. Makes it hard to read if you are using a larger font.
Steps Taken - Notified Amazon CS several times to no avail. No steps taken to correct.

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Old 04-23-2009, 07:51 PM   #9
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Can everyone please edit your posts to add in what format the eBooks are in to your posts as it's possible this thread may be moved? Thanks.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:19 PM   #10
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I can move the thread, but to where?

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Old 04-23-2009, 08:27 PM   #11
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Title: Death by black hole
Author: Neil De Grasse Tyson
ASIN: B000XPPVCY

Issue: First letter of first word of each chapter is a drop-cap in the print version -- a fancy graphic. The electronic version lacks that letter. In other words, in print a chapter starts "The universe.." but electronically: "he universe." A minor issue, but I didn't buy the book after seeing this flaw in the sample.

Steps taken: I may have e-mailed Amazon customer service. I have also whined a lot.

e/t/a Whoops, sorry. Kindle ed. (in case the thread ever moves.)
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I would suggest Reading Recommendations.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:37 PM   #13
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Title: Undone (Outcast Season Book One)
Author: Rachel Caine
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Issue(s): two to three blank lines between paragraphs. Book title shows as "OutCast Season Book One: Undone" rather than "Undone" (which is the actual name; Outcast Season is the series name), so book can't be as easily found in library.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:12 PM   #14
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Moved to reading reco's thread.

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Old 04-23-2009, 09:18 PM   #15
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Unfortunately, I think the thread is mostly going to be ignored here, which is too bad. I don't think it has much to do with "reading recommendations."
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