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Old 01-30-2017, 09:52 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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Old 04-06-2017, 11:49 AM   #3
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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, 10:52 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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