e-books

Renumbering navpoints in BBEdit the not-so-hard way

Renumbering navpoints in BBEdit the not-so-hard way

Because it’s been more than a week since I last opened myself up to scorn about my lack of scripting skillz, here’s a how-to for another semiautomated e-production task in BBEdit (or TextWrangler): renumbering navpoints in an NCX. So, let’s say you have an NCX to which you need to add another navpoint, or from […]

Degristling the sausage: BBEdit 11 Edition

Degristling the sausage: BBEdit 11 Edition

Almost two years ago, I wrote a post called “Degristling the sausage” to explain my method of using BBEdit to get a list of which CSS classes are actually applied in a given EPUB file, out of the sometimes hundreds that are included in the stylesheet. Apparently I’m not the only person who needs to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

E-reading application showdown, part 1: Annotations

E-reading application showdown, part 1: Annotations

About two weeks ago, in a fit of pique, I posted some gripes about my current e-reading application of choice, which is Kobo for the iPhone/iPod Touch. I was pressed for time, so I didn’t provide any context, such as why Kobo’s is my favorite e-reading app, which apps I’ve chosen it over, and whether […]

Because I am mean and like to rain on parades…

Because I am mean and like to rain on parades…

All day I’ve been seeing tweets from @kobo and friends about their having the No. 1 e-reading app in the iTunes store—e.g., [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/KoboJason/status/71222166464643072″] I’m so happy for them. No, really. For several months now, Kobo’s iOS app has been, mainly because of the stats and the activity tracker, my e-reading application of choice. That […]

What happens when an e-book gets corrected?

What happens when an e-book gets corrected?

So, here’s the partial answer to a question I’ve been wondering about: Subject: Kindle Title [title] (ASIN:[ASIN]) has an available update Greetings from Amazon.com. We’re writing about your past Kindle purchase of [title] by [author]. The version you received contained some errors that have been corrected. An updated version of [title] (ASIN:[ASIN]) is now available. […]

The India, Ink. comedy show

[ Javascript required to view QuickTime movie, please turn it on and refresh this page ] I made myself watch the archived video of the thesis presentation I gave yesterday afternoon, and it’s not as embarrassing as I’d expected, so I’m posting it for your amusement. There’s a full transcript after the jump, including the […]

Three More Days

This Thursday at 12:40 p.m., I have to publicly present some sort of something about my vague and fugitive master’s thesis. The talk—about ten minutes’ worth—will be streamed online so you, my friends, can all point and laugh, and the video will be archived somewhere (hopefully somewhere dark and offline) after the event. Oy vey. […]