Missing blank line after final item in list for EPUB & MOBI

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Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:31 pm Post

I'm using Scrivener for Windows BETA, and it has not fixed this problem in the official 1.6 release of Scrivener for Windows.

When Scrivener compiles to an EPUB file or a MOBI file, it fails to insert a new paragraph (blank line) after the final item in a bullet list or a numbered list.

For example, given this in the editor:

• item 1
• item 2
• item 3

Next sentence.

Scrivener produces this:

• item 1
• item 2
• item 3
New sentence.

When Scrivener should instead produce this:

• item 1
• item 2
• item 3

New sentence.

When Scrivener compiles to PDF, it works correctly, but when Scrivener compiles to EPUB or MOBI, it works incorrectly (failing to insert a blank line after the final item).

If I were to put a blank line in the source text after the final item in each list, this would defeat the purpose of having a single source for both ebooks and PDF output.

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Tue May 13, 2014 5:23 pm Post

What you're looking for is the after-paragraph spacing, which can be set separately in compile and in the editor display, so check what your e-book compile settings are. Note though that a lot of times ebook readers are going to ignore formatting you set, since this is generally left to the specific device or controlled by the user; in some cases, if you do set formatting, the publisher will reject it. I haven't double-checked for Kindle, but that may be the case here, as I know they have pretty strict settings on what the text looks like when delivered on the Kindle, and it may be that your spacing is just not applying.
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