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Old 01-30-2017, 08:52 AM   #1
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Kindle Publishing Guidelines 2017.1

Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines version 2017.1 is now available from the usual web page. (Refresh the page if you see the old guidelines.)

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  • Changed "e-Ink" references to "E-reader" throughout.
  • Updated 2.2 Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Platform: Revised reference to Kindle Format 8.
  • Updated 2.2.1 KindleGen: Clarified best uses of KindleGen.
  • Updated 2.2.5 Kindle Kid’s Book Creator: Specified accepted file types.
  • Updated 2.3 Third-Party Conversion Services: Clarified preferred file format.
  • Updated 3 Comparing Formats:
  • Revised Manga support and clarified feature support on Kindle Cloud Reader.
  • Clarified best use cases for each format.
  • Updated 4.1 Marketing Cover Image is Mandatory: Updated cover image guidelines.
  • ...

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Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines version 2017.2 is now available. (Refresh the page if you see the old guidelines.)

A number of clarifications in various areas and a new section (11.7) added on Guided View for comics.
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Old 06-26-2017, 09:52 AM   #4
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Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines version 2017.3 is now available. (Refresh the page if you see the old guidelines.)

Not much changed, mostly clarifications. No new features.

They did add some information on SVG: "SVGs are not supported in iOS. Enhanced Typesetting does not support SVG images."
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Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines version 2017.3 is now available. (Refresh the page if you see the old guidelines.)

Not much changed, mostly clarifications. No new features.

They did add some information on SVG: "SVGs are not supported in iOS. Enhanced Typesetting does not support SVG images."
KFX is a lousy format.
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KFX is a lousy format.
It does seem to be true that it's a lossy format.
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It does seem to be true that it's a lossy format.
KFX is a lossy and lousy format.
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Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines is now up to version 2017.4. (Refresh the page if you see the old guidelines.)

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Updated 2.2.1 KindleGen: Removed reference to software updates.

Updated 2.2.2 Kindle Previewer Software: Revised description of Kindle Previewer 3.

Updated 4.1 Marketing Cover Image is Mandatory: Removed the reference to sRGB not being supported.

Added 6.4 Avoid Nested <p> Tags.

Updated 8.1 Testing Kindle Books: Added guidance on Enhanced Typesetting.

Updated 9.3.11, Footnote Guidelines: Updated to include marking footnotes with the HTML5 aside element and the epub:type attribute.

Updated 9.4.1 Use Supported Input Formats: Added guidance on specifying alt text within the <img> tag for accessibility compliance.
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I came across an interesting error message string in Kindle Previewer 3.17:

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Use an EPUB validator to ensure that the EPUB file is valid and well-formed. Refer to the Formatting Guide for Enhanced Typesetting to see the list of potential epub issues that could cause this failure.
I have never heard of the "Formatting Guide for Enhanced Typesetting" before. Has anyone else? (A Google search didn't turn up anything.)

Perhaps this is an upcoming supplement to the "Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines".
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The Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines has been updated to version 2018.1. (Refresh the page if you see the old guidelines.)

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Updated 4.1 Marketing Cover Image is Mandatory: To provide consistency with Kindle Direct Publishing guidance, changed the 2700 x 1688 pixels recommendation to 2560 x 1600 pixels and changed the 5MB file size limit to 50MB.

Updated 9.3.4 Avoid Using Fixed Values for Most Elements: Removed references to line-height.

Updated 9.3.8 Using Embedded Fonts: Added list of Kindle fonts that should not be embedded in eBooks.
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The Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines has been updated to version 2018.1. (Refresh the page if you see the old guidelines.)

Updated 9.3.8 Using Embedded Fonts: Added list of Kindle fonts that should not be embedded in eBooks.
There is a mistake in section 9.3.8. It says...

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Do not embed the following fonts, which are currently available on Kindle devices and applications:
For example, it lists Bookerly as not allowed to be embedded. But, Amazon is wrong when it says it's available on Kindle devices. Some yes, some no. The Kindle Touch (for example) does not have Bookerly.

One font not mentioned is Charis SIL. So obviously, it's OK to embed.
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The Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines has been updated to revision 2018.2. Some highlights:

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Added 9.3.11 Enabling Real Page Numbers.
Updated 9.4.11 Use Supported SVG Tags and Elements to include Enhanced Typesetting support.
Updated 9.5.2 Create Simple HTML Tables to specify that Enhanced Typesetting does not support nested tables or negative margins.
Updated 9.5.4 Table Features with Enhanced Typesetting to specify that books with large tables might not support Enhanced Typesetting.
Added 9.6 MathML Support.
Added 15.2 (Why Is Enhanced Typesetting Important to Customers?)
Added 15.3 (Identifying Enhanced Typesetting Titles on Amazon Detail Page)
Added 15.4 (Using Previewer to Identify Titles that Support Enhanced Typesetting)
Added 15.5 (Enhanced Typesetting: Supported Languages)
Added 15.6 (Enhanced Typesetting: Supported Devices)
Added 16 Appendix B: Attributes and Tags Supported by Enhanced Typesetting.
Updated 17.1 HTML Support Table to add <bdi> and <bdo>.
Updated 17.2 CSS Support Table to add text-align-last and unicode-bidi.
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