#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.