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Canongate responds on EPUB correction for e-book formatting
July 29, 2013 | 11:53 am

CanongateFollowing my earlier review in TeleRead of Canongate's edition of "Things That Are" by Amy Leach, the publisher responded promptly to my comments there about the formatting in the EPUB edition, which in some cases left the page text split by the central gutter in landscape mode on a tablet. "Our conversion house's epubs include a page template that is applied to all pages inside the ebook and this is what's causing the text to be spread in one column across the two pages," Laura Kincaid, digital production controller at Canongate, told me. "It is an easy fix—removing the page template...

Forbes changes article format, draws more traffic
June 22, 2012 | 8:18 am

article_old_new-3In this era of fading revenues, how can a newspaper or magazine draw traffic while differentiating itself from the hundreds of other similar sites out there? Lewis DVorkin, Chief Product Officer of Forbes Media, has written about how Forbes is doing just that. Most news sites, DVorkin writes, are still very similar to their appearance of ten years ago: plain, generic, boring text; sidebars with as many links as possible (search-engine fodder, don’t you know); very little individuality from article to article or even paper to paper. The larger point is this: the...

Smashwords to accept pre-formatted e-books ‘by the end of 2012’
November 13, 2011 | 12:27 am

I somehow missed seeing this when it came out a week ago, but Smashwords founder Mark Coker announced that Smashwords is going to begin accepting more e-book formats in 2012. At the moment, the site uses an automated document converter called Meatgrinder that accepts DOC files and processes them into that multiple formats it sells. However, as with any automated conversion tool, the results can be inferior to what is possible for those who prefer to design these formats from scratch. Coker writes: To accommodate the books from these ebook design pros, we'll offer a...

Smashwords releases updated style guide
August 4, 2011 | 2:26 pm

From the Smashwords blog: We updated the Smashwords Style Guide today to include improved instructions for building linked Tables of Contents, controlling your NCX, building intra-book links for footnotes and endnotes, and troubleshooting. The new instructions are included in an expanded Step 20. Download the latest Style Guide here. [...] Separately today, we reached an exciting milestone. Today, the 100,000th copy of the Smashwords Style Guide was downloaded at Thousands of additional copies have been downloaded through our retail distribution network and Amazon. ...

Integrating footnotes and endnotes in digital texts
July 15, 2011 | 8:13 am

A New Kind of Book has posted a couple of examples of how ebooks might add supplemental content like footnotes without interrupting the reading flow. If you've experienced footnotes or endnotes on the average modern ebook (at least on the major retailers' platforms), you've probably noticed how clumsily this has been handled to date. It usually requires clicking to a "back of the book" section, then pressing a return button—all the shuffling of print with none of the helpful spatial cues like keeping your finger between pages. The two examples he shows include a pop-up window that hovers over the...

Michael N. Marcus: Ugliness of e-book formatting bleeding over into print books
November 1, 2010 | 2:52 pm

pizzas Michael N. Marcus, who I mentioned a few days ago when Amazon subsdiary CreateSpace refused to print his book because it mentioned Amazon (they subsequently called him to apologize and let him know that was a mistake) has written a post comparing books vs. e-books to craft vs. chain pizza. The analogy is made on the basis of typographical matters and quality. After painstakingly examining a 318-page book he’s publishing line by line to make sure that word spacing, hyphenation, and so forth look as good as possible on the page, he received a copy of Dan...

Lulu’s new ePub conversion service is not a bargain
April 6, 2010 | 10:52 am

Sighted via Twitter from Mariah Jovan: Lulu now offers conversion of manuscripts into ePub format in addition to its other electronic offerings. While more support for ePub is certainly a good thing, if you actually take a look at the rates you might vacillate between staring in disbelief and laughing yourself into an apoplexy: 250 Pages or Less  $175 251-500 Pages  $350 501-750 Pages  $495 Do you see that? They use “less” instead of “fewer”! And they call themselves a publisher! Oh yes, and their prices are...

Craig Mod thinks iPad could mean the end of ‘disposable books’
March 5, 2010 | 8:15 am

ipad-offset Yesterday we covered Penguin CEO John Mackinson engaging in a fair amount of hyperbole concerning the future of the e-book in a post-iPad world. “The definition of the book itself, as far as we can see, is up for grabs.” Now blogger Craig Mod, a six-year publishing-industry veteran, goes into more specifics, at considerable length, about what the iPad might mean for the format of electronic books. This is a long and thoughtful article with plenty of illustrations that is definitely worth a read. Formless vs. Definite Content Mod divides books into categories of Formless and...

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