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Old 01-31-2019, 01:47 PM   #1
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Blank pages on kindle from Sigil epub?

I recently got a review on Amazon from a reader who complained about multiple blank pages in the book. I've never had this kind of comment before and I format all my books the same way. Is there someone here who wouldn't mind taking a look at my file? I can either send a mobi or an epub.

Obviously without knowing where she encountered them it's hard to easily identify the problem, but I wonder if it could be my divider bar code?


<p class="pppdiv"><img alt="" height="28" src="../Images/dividerbarfaded1.png" width="225"/></p>

and the class code is:

p.pppdiv {font-weight: bold; margin-top:1em; margin-bottom:1em; font-size: 100%; text-indent: 0em; text-align:center;}


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Old 01-31-2019, 02:29 PM   #2
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What you give to Amazon isn't always the same as what readers receive. Have you purchased your own book and had a look at it?

If you list the ASIN of your book I will take a look at the free sample (first 10% of the content) and see if any unexpected blank pages appear.
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Old 01-31-2019, 02:34 PM   #3
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When you open your epub in Kindle Previewer, how does it look? I mean, with different font-size and different devices. If you also include your dividers at the end of each chapter, it could be possible -in same places- a generation of a blank page.
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Old 01-31-2019, 02:35 PM   #4
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I can assure you that Sigil is not responsible for blank pages being added to a Kindlebook. Might I suggest our Kindle formats forum or our Workshop forum for technical help on problematic epub to Kindlebook conversions? Blank pages after images is quite a popular topic in the Kindle Formats section.
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Old 01-31-2019, 03:14 PM   #5
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I'm definitely betting it's something else, but tough to tell without seeing the ebook itself.

It could be there's a:

Code:
page-break-before
page-break-after
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Old 01-31-2019, 04:57 PM   #6
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Here is my Amazon link. I didn't see any in the preview, which only shows five chapters. I can gift you the book if you'd like to download it as the zon sends it. And yes, I've purchased my own book but didn't see anything wrong.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FFCXT6H
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The formatting is fine in the free sample. I suspect that the problem is specific to the reader who complained.
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Old 01-31-2019, 07:18 PM   #8
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I also looked at a sample
the pagebreak style was not USED within the sample.

I wonder what viewing settings (font size, words per line...) that user was using?

I did not a common (many books) failing with Fleurons and some other images.
The background is NOT transparent. It appears WHITE on a sepia background
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The formatting is fine in the free sample. I suspect that the problem is specific to the reader who complained.
I agree. According to the sample, your ebook is fine, no issue with it (and with any font size used). I'm the opinion that the problem may be linked with the ereader utilized to read your ebook; very probably is not a Kindle or a Kindle app.
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:21 PM   #10
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What's not clear from the review is whether they are setting blank pages with the content being correct, or totally missing sections of text.
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What's not clear from the review is whether they are setting blank pages with the content being correct, or totally missing sections of text.
Yeah. I read the review as well. Could they be complaining about a Paperback version that was misprinted?
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Graphic dividers are dangerous. Like any picture that isn't immediately preceded by a page break they will ALWAYS end up widowed or orphaned for some readers, at some text sizes, on some devices.
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Graphic dividers are dangerous. Like any picture that isn't immediately preceded by a page break they will ALWAYS end up widowed or orphaned for some readers, at some text sizes, on some devices.
But,again, that is the fault of the device not properly implementing (or ignoring) the XHTML spec

The ding should not go against the Publisher
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But,again, that is the fault of the device not properly implementing (or ignoring) the XHTML spec

The ding should not go against the Publisher

Shouldn't, but will!

A large part of our skill consists of anticipating the terrible things distribution and reading devices do to our work, and solving them in advance as much as possible.
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Shouldn't, but will!

A large part of our skill consists of anticipating the terrible things distribution and reading devices do to our work, and solving them in advance as much as possible.
This is so true! I've received some really nutty reviews over the years, and I usually ignore them, it's par for the course. But this one hurt because there are only three reviews so far.

I've checked my source file and my own personal download of the book, and I'm finding no glaring mistakes in the code. There are no page-break strings, and my files are always checked at epub validator.

The sting will wear off, eventually. My skin is pretty thick.
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