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Old 09-20-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Exclamation Devanagari text not displayed properly in Kindle 4

I bought a Kindle 4 believing the "World's best selling e-reader" would obviously support the Devanagari script since it has Unicode support.

However, when I try to read Hindi language text files I find that the text is not displayed properly. The matras (vowel signs), samyukta akshars (joint letters) etc. are not rendered correctly. So much so it is virtually impossible to read even one sentence without getting a headache. Most Linuxes do a good job of rendering the Devanagari script so I wonder why Kindle can't handle it.

Can somebody tell me how to contact Amazon's development team so they can build an update to fix this problem?

Attached is a screenshot showing this problem.

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Old 09-21-2013, 12:57 PM   #2
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I'm a bit confused now. Didn't you say in this post that the Kindle supports Devanagari???

When creating your own Kindle books please remember that only the new KF8 format (AZW3 files) support some Indic languages.

I.e., if you use Calibre make sure to select AZW3 as the output format or use Kindle Previewer, which will automatically generate both formats. Also transfer files via USB/Calibre do not use Kindle e-mail.

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Old 09-22-2013, 01:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply Doitsu. It is working now.

In the referred post you forgot to mention that only the new KF8/AZW3 format supports Devanagari. Besides, I had not bought a Kindle then so could not cross check. My statement then was based only on your screenshot.

Anyhow, the issue is resolved now thanks to your help. Only I wish raw unicode text files also supported Devanagari. Amazon now has an exclusive e-shop for India, perhaps they should look into the matter of providing native Indic support and content.

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