Canongate responds on EPUB correction for e-book formatting

By libertyc
July 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Following 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 [...]

Forbes changes article format, draws more traffic

By libertyc
June 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

In 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 [...]

Smashwords to accept pre-formatted e-books ‘by the end of 2012’

By libertyc
November 13, 2011 // 7 Comments

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 [...]

Smashwords releases updated style guide

By Chris Walters
August 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

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. [...]

Integrating footnotes and endnotes in digital texts

By Chris Walters
July 15, 2011 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Michael N. Marcus: Ugliness of e-book formatting bleeding over into print books

By libertyc
November 1, 2010 // 9 Comments

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 [...]

Lulu’s new ePub conversion service is not a bargain

By libertyc
April 6, 2010 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Craig Mod thinks iPad could mean the end of ‘disposable books’

By libertyc
March 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

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