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Old 05-20-2013, 12:11 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by EditorOne View Post
I think I read somewhere here on this forum that when you upload to Nook (and apparently when you put an epub on your own Nook device), it dumps your stylesheet and replaces it with their generic one.

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I don't have a Nook, but the publisher I work for sells epubs into the Nook market, so I'm very interested in what you said above.

That said, are you sure that Nook intentionally replaces the ebook's CSS file with their own generic one in all cases? Were it to do so, I would think that would cause massive formatting problems for any and all epubs that were not prepared with a stylesheet exactly like the Nook's. Just as you describe. Yet we haven't seen any such complaints -- so far.

I'm not trying to dispute your statement; I have no knowledge to the contrary, but I do think it's quite bizare, if true.

I have an alternate hypothesis which you can check.

I believe the Nook uses the Adobe Digital Editions engine (an early version, IIRC), and ADE is notorious for completely ignoring a CSS stylesheet that has even the most trivial error in it.

So, two things you can do to check out this possibility:

1) How does your epub display in the stand-alone Adobe Digital Editions reader (installed on a Windows PC)? If it's correct, you've shot down my hypothesis. If it's not correct...

2) check out the epub's stylesheet with the W3C CSS validator online. Note that CSS level 2.1 is the most appropriate level for epub 2.0, but if you have embedded font declarations the validator will complain about them even though they work in epub.

HTH,

Albert
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