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Posts tagged e-book design

What does it mean to ‘respect the reader’ in today’s digital age?
February 9, 2013 | 8:08 pm

Two articles crossed my inbox the other day that approached the concept of 'respect the reader' from different angles. The first was a write-up about a now-controversial Kindle edition of the beloved Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables, which has stock cover art that portrays Anne as a buxom blonde, and not the humble-looking (but spunky) redhead the book describes. They designed the cover without even reading the book! They desecrated a beloved classic! Gasp! The second article was from a Web designer, Baldur Bjarnason, who writes about a trick he's noticed some e-book designers employing, and which involves a brief note that...

Fifty Shades of Black-on-Grey: The unfortunate design limitations of e-books
October 30, 2012 | 3:47 pm

By Alan Cairns Last month, Amazon announced that they are selling more e-books than printed books for the first time. For every 100 hardback and paperback books sold on Amazon, 114 e-books are downloaded. The company says that we are experiencing a "reading renaissance," and book publishing stats also show that adult e-book sales grew 49 percent last year, selling nearly 100 million units. It seems that e-books are gradually replacing traditional printed books, but will printed books ever die out altogether? Regardless of whether texts are perfectly translated onto digital reading devices, most e-books tend to lack the individual character that is present...

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