We are using the Amazon Advertiser API to pull down book information into our website and all is going well, except that special chars in the text such as the long dash (represented by Amazon as — in its text - see the image attached called shortlisted.jpg) are being dropped and other special chars are showing up on our web pages as garbage chars.
I know this is an age-old question and we thought we had the solution by going to the actual Amazon page for the book in question (the book is called "A Tale for the Time Being") and examining the page's information using FireFox.
By the way, the link to the Amazon page is http://www.amazon.com/Tale-Time-Being-Novel/dp/0143124870/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412538139&sr=8-1&keywords=A+tale+for+the+time+being
When we select "Page Info" from FireFox while on the Amazon page, we get the following info (see pageinfo.jpg attached to this).
We went into our page and tried to replicate the settings and when we view our page it's still not showing the various special chars (You can see our page display results by viewing the image attached called ourpage.jpg).'
You can see the HTML we set at the top of our page by viewing ourhtml.jpg attached.
Any thoughts on how we can get these special chars to display correctly?