THE BOOK DESCRIPTION AND ITS JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD
I was creating a Goodreads giveaway yesterday when I noticed that one of my book descriptions didn’t look quite right. Then I realized that a few of my book descriptions had similar issues. (I haven’t yet looked at all of my books there, but did check my recent releases.)
The problem was that I had formatted my descriptions at Amazon KDP using the limited HTML that is available (boldface, italics, line breaks, bullet points, and ordered lists). While that resulted in improved formatting at Amazon, the HTML had a few undesirable effects at Goodreads. In particular, if you use short bullet points with words or phrases in each point, the words and phrases might not appear on separate lines and there won’t be any bullet point symbols.
So if you meant to make a list like this:
- red riding hood
- big bad wolf
- grandma’s house
It could instead look like this at Goodreads:
red riding hood big bad wolf grandma’s house
It actually can look even worse when it blends together with the previous and following sentences.