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Old 07-14-2020, 10:07 AM   #6
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Smashwords process a .doc file and also accept "mobi" and "epub2". Do make sure your epub2 passes epub check and only make the "mobi" from the checked epub.
You'll get better results uploading an epub2 made in Calibre from docx for epub customers and a "dual mobi" made from the epub2 in Calibre for Kindle customers, as Smashwords can't know what model/firmware is in use.
The .doc is then only needed for HTML, LRF, PDF and Text downloads. You pick which formats you'll make available.
We aren't happy with the PDF and HTML produced from the .doc, so I think we removed them.
The epub and dual mobi covers all current readers. If someone is still seriously using an ancient Palm or pre-epub Sony, they probably can do their own conversion from epub!

A kindle users needs to use the Aa and then select Publisher to see the KF8 version on some Kindles. The DXG and older, but not Kindle Keyboard with FW 3.4.x can't do KF8, and thus only read the old mobi version in the file. Unlike the Kindle tool, the Calibre dual format for Kindle with embedded fonts isn't much bigger than the epub2 with embedded fonts. You need to either embed ALL fonts or none at all.

If we edit or add styles compared with before, or change formatting to use something new we test on Kobo, phone & tablet apps, PW3, Kindle keyboard, DXG and a Sony PRS350. We stopped testing on the Nook and a Binatone, because the Sony PRS350 was enough.

We don't bother testing KFX now or kepub.

If something "new" is tried, then we don't trust Amazon. We do a test purchase for old mobi in USA and in UK for PW3. The preview Amazon offers at the KDP upload stage may not reflect what real customers get.

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