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Old 01-09-2018, 10:25 PM   #1
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AZW3 made with KKBC (converted) looks terrible on Kobo Aura H2O

(Sorry if this is the wrong forum, this issue could fit several but I figured help with formats and CSS made this one the best fit)

I bought an ebook from Amazon, the only place that seems to sell this book in digital format. I converted to kepub (and later tried epub) and sideloaded to my Kobo using Calibre. When I went to read it, all the pages (except the cover) are shifted down and to the right, cutting off some of the text at the right margin and bottom.

I used Calibre to edit the book and look at the styling. I see in the header meta tags, Kindle Kids’ Book Creator was used and every single page is actually a jpg set as a background image.

I used to be website developer so I foo foo'd with the CSS some but I cannot get it to centre the page on my Kobo

What can I do to get it to display correctly?
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:19 AM   #2
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(Sorry if this is the wrong forum, this issue could fit several but I figured help with formats and CSS made this one the best fit)

I bought an ebook from Amazon, the only place that seems to sell this book in digital format. I converted to kepub (and later tried epub) and sideloaded to my Kobo using Calibre. When I went to read it, all the pages (except the cover) are shifted down and to the right, cutting off some of the text at the right margin and bottom.

I used Calibre to edit the book and look at the styling. I see in the header meta tags, Kindle Kids’ Book Creator was used and every single page is actually a jpg set as a background image.

I used to be website developer so I foo foo'd with the CSS some but I cannot get it to centre the page on my Kobo

What can I do to get it to display correctly?
Well, really--you cannot. You're not reading an eBook; at best, you're reading a PDF. If it were me, given what you've said, you can take the jpgs, make a PDF, and then read that on your Kobo.

Your only other alternative is a nightmare; do the scan/ocr of each jpeg page; get the resulting text; proofread it, then when you have the entire book, you can make a proper eBook from it.

I don't know what type of moron would use KKBC, to make a regular book, but unfortunately, that's the boat in which you find yourself. There are idiots everywhere, and equally unfortunately, they will tell other people to use a program like KKBC, for a book like this. Idiotic, but...that's the reality.

As you bought it from Amazon, honestly--I'd return it and demand my money back and I would CERTAINLY complain about the utterly inappropriate formatting. With any luck, they'd require the publisher to fix the damned thing. Sorry--wish I had a better answer for you.

ETA: I wanted to add that oddly enough, I do not see this author's book available on Amazon, or any of her books in ebook format. That's quite peculiar.

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ETA: I wanted to add that oddly enough, I do not see this author's book available on Amazon, or any of her books in ebook format. That's quite peculiar.

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I found a kindle version here but it was in German.
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Well, really--you cannot. You're not reading an eBook; at best, you're reading a PDF. If it were me, given what you've said, you can take the jpgs, make a PDF, and then read that on your Kobo.

Your only other alternative is a nightmare; do the scan/ocr of each jpeg page; get the resulting text; proofread it, then when you have the entire book, you can make a proper eBook from it.

I don't know what type of moron would use KKBC, to make a regular book, but unfortunately, that's the boat in which you find yourself. There are idiots everywhere, and equally unfortunately, they will tell other people to use a program like KKBC, for a book like this. Idiotic, but...that's the reality.

As you bought it from Amazon, honestly--I'd return it and demand my money back and I would CERTAINLY complain about the utterly inappropriate formatting. With any luck, they'd require the publisher to fix the damned thing. Sorry--wish I had a better answer for you.
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Yeah I figured as much. Had a sinking feeling as soon as I saw that meta tag. Just had some small hope that there might have been some CSS I was missing that could make it work.

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Hmm. The link in my emailed order invoice no longer works. The tab I still had open for it in my browser is (not surprisngly) now dead as well. I wonder if it was pulled for being crappy formatting lol.
Will get my money back and buy the paperback instead
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I found a kindle version here but it was in German.
Even more stupid is that the english version appears under "Customers who viewed this item also viewed" but if I click on it, it comes up with Amazon's 404 page.

The German version is the only format on Amazon at the moment - the paperback and hardcover are also gone :/
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Yeah I figured as much. Had a sinking feeling as soon as I saw that meta tag. Just had some small hope that there might have been some CSS I was missing that could make it work.
Sorry, no--there's no meta in the world that will turn jpegged text into real text. :-( I wish!



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Hmm. The link in my emailed order invoice no longer works. The tab I still had open for it in my browser is (not surprisngly) now dead as well. I wonder if it was pulled for being crappy formatting lol.
Will get my money back and buy the paperback instead
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Even more stupid is that the english version appears under "Customers who viewed this item also viewed" but if I click on it, it comes up with Amazon's 404 page.

The German version is the only format on Amazon at the moment - the paperback and hardcover are also gone :/
I know, it's WEIRD. It's as if suddenly, all the versions have simply vapored. I suspect that you're right--they've been pulled for crappy formatting. DEFINITELY get your $$$ or DM back. For now, anyway. Who knows? Maybe they'll show up at our door, and you'll end up being able to get a decent quality eBook copy, eventually.

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