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Old 12-17-2023, 11:34 AM   #1
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File Preview - Left & Right margins

I use minus margin settings when converting to AZW3 to fill Scribe screen, but when I edit in calibre the left and right sides of text are cropped...

Is there a way to extend the preview window to view all the text?
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Old 12-17-2023, 11:43 AM   #2
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Is the preview floating or docked?
Just drag the edge wider.

Wait, when I do that, the text reflows.

Is this a Fixed Layout book
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It reflows in both floating and docked, same with any book...
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I use minus margin settings when converting to AZW3 to fill Scribe screen, but when I edit in calibre the left and right sides of text are cropped...

Is there a way to extend the preview window to view all the text?
That makes sense. The Kindle is adding a margin. Nothing else does, so any ebook with negative margins to fill a Kindle screen ought to be cropped. A margin of 0 is the edge of the viewport.

The problem is Amazon's stupidity in adding a margin!
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"The problem is Amazon's stupidity in adding a margin!"

Agree. For that reason, the very last step editing books for the Kindle Paperwhite, I set left/right margins at (minus) 50px. Since this destroys the ability to comfortably edit the AZW in Calibre, I delete that format after uploading to the device and keep a clean EPUB version (without negative margins) in Calibre just in case I need to edit later.

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html {
margin: 0 -50px;
}
An extra step -- but I do enjoy taking those 100 pixels back from Amazon!

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I set left/right margins at (minus) 50px. Since this destroys the ability to comfortably edit the AZW in Calibre,
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An extra step -- but I do enjoy taking those 100 pixels back from Amazon!
The actual pixels vary with Kindle (150, 167, 227? (PW1?) & 300 dpi and 6", 9.7", 6", 7" and 10.2"). I think something like -1.6%
is roughly no margin on all kindles?

I think it fails for KDP upload, or used to.
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I use minus margin settings when converting to AZW3 to fill Scribe screen, but when I edit in calibre the left and right sides of text are cropped...
Use the following CSS in your EPUB:
Code:
@media amzn-kf8 {
  html {
    margin-left: -5.5%;
    margin-right: -5.5%;
    break-inside: avoid;
  }
}
Edit the EPUB to make it look how you want, then convert to an Amazon format as the final step.
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Use the following CSS in your EPUB:
Code:
@media amzn-kf8 {
  html {
    margin-left: -5.5%;
    margin-right: -5.5%;
    break-inside: avoid;
  }
}
Edit the EPUB to make it look how you want, then convert to an Amazon format as the final step.
Thanks but not really the answer I was after, there are many times I do the edtitng prior to conversion only to find the changes made have reverted. I was after a way to get the editor to show the full page rather than cropped but it seems there isnt.
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The preview window is meant to preview your HTML as accurately as possible. When you specify a negative margin, it will therefore render a negative margin, which means your text will be cut off.
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