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@pkay225 puts it another way: Me: should books be culturally privileged? Audience crickets Me: who has had their life changed by a book? Audience all hands go up

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@crankykramer plays the dozens: Yo mama’s so old she thinks CMS stands for Chicago Manual of Style.

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@Ted_Underwood, 2 tweets: Wrote on board: “read intro to p. xxvii, story to p. 43.” Students: “wait, do we read to page 27 or page 43?” Revealing that they still understand roman numerals … but not necessarily the conventions of the printed codex …

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Fun fact: many of the most influential people in ebooks today outright reject the idea that design makes a substantial contribution to a book’s meaning. —Baldur Bjarnason

PDFs in EPUBs: Test results

PDFs in EPUBs: Test results

What a thing was this, too, which that mighty man wrought and endured in the carven horse, wherein all we chiefs of the Argives were sitting, bearing to the Trojans death and fate! —Homer, Odyssey (translated by A.T. Murray, 1919) A couple of weeks ago, Hugh McGuire tweeted this: [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/hughmcguire/status/231068424506322945″] and then he blogged […]

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“[T]he people who [make e-books] work in Stygian gloom, eat living things and snarl when poked with a stick.” Not true! We don’t eat anything. I, for one, subsist entirely on the moisture that trickles down my cave’s walls.

Degristling the sausage

Degristling the sausage

One of the things I do at my job is clean up and beautify e-books that have been produced by a “meatgrinder”—the sort of automated conversion process that an outsourcer uses. My company has worked with a couple of conversion companies, and there are definite differences in the quality and markup philosophy of the files […]

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@muttinmall holds forth: “eReaders are now crafted with greater quality and an eye toward the reader experience than ebooks themselves.”

E-reading application showdown, part 2: Typography

E-reading application showdown, part 2: Typography

Cross-posted at Digital Book World. Part 1 is also on both this site and DBW. When I first decided to try reading an e-book on my iPod Touch, I assumed—since I’ve been designing and typesetting book interiors for more than a decade and have strong opinions about what makes text readable and appealing—that poor typography […]

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1. Understand the Consumer’s experience. 2. Become at least as “tech savvy” as your readers. 3. Wherever your titles or discussions of your titles can be found, you should be there. 4. Ask lots of dumb questions internally. —Fran Toolan