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Old 02-13-2021, 10:52 AM   #76
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What eBook(s) have you seen that were worse?

My one worse eBook was a an eBook where there were some errors in the CSS and because of this ADE tossed out the entire CSS and you got just defaults. I was able to fix it and then read it.
As I mentioned, there were the ones where the font was locked into something that was hard to read. (too faint, too elaborate, or both) There were also the ones where the line height was forced so that the lines were either too close together or too far apart. (too close is worse for my eyes) There was one where, for some unknown reason, the whole book was in italics.

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Old 02-13-2021, 12:04 PM   #77
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"... what made you buy kindle?"
Basically, when my old Nook ST finally gave up and died, the only eReader that I could actually touch and play with in the store before purchasing was a PW4. All other ereaders were just advertisements and, therefore for me, vaporware.

"...what is your favourite feature on your kindle?"
That it works and, thanks to Calibre, I can read to my heart's content on it.
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Old 02-14-2021, 07:33 AM   #78
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As I mentioned, there were the ones where the font was locked into something that was hard to read. (too faint, too elaborate, or both) There were also the ones where the line height was forced so that the lines were either too close together or too far apart. (too close is worse for my eyes) There was one where, for some unknown reason, the whole book was in italics.

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The only way I know of to reduce the line hight of a Kindle eBook is to do so with the metrics of the font being used. I do this with ChareInk and it works well with KF8. But for KFX, it doesn't work. Is there a way to reduce the line height for KFX by doing something with the code?
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Old 02-14-2021, 09:23 AM   #79
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The only way I know of to reduce the line hight of a Kindle eBook is to do so with the metrics of the font being used. I do this with ChareInk and it works well with KF8. But for KFX, it doesn't work. Is there a way to reduce the line height for KFX by doing something with the code?
I have no idea how it was done--probably a custom font, as you said. It was a few years ago, and I don't think I've seen one like that since. In the past few years book formatting seems to be better, for the most part...at least in my experience (although I'm definitely not as picky about most formatting issues as many here are)

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I loved my Kindle for the generic reasons why I love eBooks over paper books, but have come to love my Kobo for even more reasons, which have all basically been stated already.

Meanwhile, my Kindle sits in a drawer to reserve its serial number (already stated), and the battery gets completely discharged, damaging any hope of long term preservation because I can't turn the stupid thing completely off (also already stated).

The one big benefit that the Kindle had over the Kobo, for me, was the much better selection of covers, especially high quality covers. My official Amazon cover that I have on my PW1 feels so much nicer than the cheap third party cover that I have for my Kobo (the best I could find), and don't even get me started on how bad the official Kobo covers are.
Have you tried covers from Etsy. a lot of people there make covers.
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Onyx Boox Poke is definitely an option, but it pisses me off that Amazon kept the browser and made it worse. If the function of the Kindle was meant only to read ebooks, they would have removed it entirely. In an ebook reader the browser is used only to comfortably read Wikipedia and must be able to reduce, comfortably, the most complex pages to text. It doesn't have to compete with tablets. In this sense Boox Poke with Android is even exaggerated.
I thought the purpose of the browser was for when you clicked on one of the advertisements at the front or back of the book. In any event I keep the wifi off so it's a moot point for me.
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I thought the purpose of the browser was for when you clicked on one of the advertisements at the front or back of the book. In any event I keep the wifi off so it's a moot point for me.
The purpose of the browser is obviously to navigate through the pages of the Amazon site to buy ebooks. But Amazon cannot pretend to limit the use of a universal tool such as the browser to its site, it would be too narrow a vision for a company, in fact, as universal as Amazon.
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The purpose of the browser is obviously to navigate through the pages of the Amazon site to buy ebooks.
Well yes, that's a minor variation on what I was saying.

It's probably there for backwards compatibility; they thought it was a good idea when they added it way back when and now they're scratching their heads and wondering why they did that. Given how the UI is still the same lame deficient thing from way back then, that's what I'd guess. Once I got a Kobo my Kindle stays unused in a drawer; I'm always amazed at how glacially slow the UI advances on the Kindle. But I suspect that the browser on the Kobo isn't much better.

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