Wednesday, June 27, 2012

#Kindle Formatting Issue - Hidden Text

I just recently came across an issue that had me stumped for a bit, but I got it figured out.  I wanted to share this with other authors out there in case you’re struggling with the same situation.

I made my upcoming release SACRIFICE into a Kindle book so I could do a read-through on my Kindle.  I find it easier to see errors this way.  Anyway, I came to a spot in the book that looked entirely different from what I was seeing on my screen in Word.  

Below, I have substituted ** so as to not spoil the story, but you’ll see what my issue was.

This was how it looked in Word
This is how it looked on my Kindle (short the highlighting)
I re-opened my Word document, and sure enough it looked fine.  Where is all of this come from, and "tight anyway"?  Anyhow, I realized what was happening was there was hidden text there, so I used the Show/Hide feature of Word hoping it would help.  If you've ever formatted a Kindle or paperback book before, you'll be familiar with this tool.  If not, here's a picture of what it looks like.

This feature works like a toggle; press to turn it on, press to turn it off.  Anyway, the following is what the passage looked like when I turned it on:

Whoa! Yep, there's my issue.  So I grabbed all that garble, saved the document and made another Kindle book from it.  Perfect!

Hope this helps someone else out there.