Many URLs are very long. This makes formatting difficult for small screens and also makes it difficult for readers to retype the URL if they are reading it from a PDF or printed book. To help improve accessibility in this way, the system automatically applies a URL shortener to any links that are longer than a certain number of characters.
In some cases, however, URL shortening may not be desirable. To prevent URL shortening, you can do one of the following:
- Change the displayed text in the link to descriptive text. This is preferable from a usability perspective, because it explains to the reader where the link will take them rather than providing a meaningless text link.
- Disable URL shortening for the book. In the book's settings, you can turn off the "URL Shortening" setting to prevent this feature from being used across the book.