I am currently creating an ePUB3 file for converting it to Kindle format, and for it be compatible to other ereading devices that support epub.
I was confused about whether Kindle allows the font style of the body text to be changed via css or not.
While reading Amazon Publishing Guidelines, Text Guideline 3.1.1 says:
The body text in a reflowable Kindle book (fiction and non-fiction) must be all defaults. Amazon encourages content creators to use creative styles for headings, special paragraphs, footnotes, tables of contents, etc., but not for body text. The reason for this is that any styling on body text in the HTML will override the user’s preferred default reading settings. Users report such behavior as a poor reading experience.
While at the same time in Guideline 3.1.9 , it says:
The primary or main font in a book should be set at the level.
This seems to be a bit contradictory, the first one seem to say that we can't change the font style (I take it to include specifying font family as well), and the second one says we can, can we or can we not specify a body font ? Am I misunderstanding this in some way ?
Also, another confusion that I have is with regards to inserting indentation in paragraphs in the Kindle ebooks. The guideline concerning this goes like this in Amazon Publishing Guidelines:
KindleGen automatically indents the first line of every paragraph by default. To change this behavior, use the text-indent style on the
However, when I try to change the text-indent property to my
<p> tags , just to check how it works, it has no effect whatsoever on the indent on the paragraphs, what could be happening ? And even with no text-indent added, it doesn't seem like Amazon is inserting any default indentation, I mean I can't see it while previewing in Kindle Previewer.