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. […]

Cracking the coding code

Cracking the coding code

Got an e-mail from a fellow book designer this morning asking, “Do you have a blog post about marking up a MS for the designer/typesetter?” Um, I couldn’t remember; had to search my own blog to find out. I found I’d written two posts in which such issues come into play— May I take your […]

“you will need to pick an attractive font”

“you will need to pick an attractive font”

An amazing opportunity! If only I were a cover designer . . . Book Cover Designer Needed For Regular Work (Anywhere) Date: 2010-09-13, 9:43AM EDT Reply to: job-u6jz9-1951195804@craigslist.org We are looking for a book cover designer for regular work. Have 10 book covers that will need to get done immediately. Note that we will provide […]

Having drunk the copy Kool-Aid

Having drunk the copy Kool-Aid

I love this article by Lori Fradkin, “What It’s Really Like to Be a Copy Editor” (TheAwl.com, July 21, 2010), though I take issue with her opening example: The word is douche bag. Douche space bag. People will insist that it’s one closed-up word—douchebag—but they are wrong. When you cite the dictionary as proof of […]

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 […]

New: Marginalia

New: Marginalia

I’ve added a sideblog to capture some of the things I come across in my daily lurking on the booktwitternet. It’s tucked in the middle of a lot of other junk right now, but when I have time, I’ll put it in its own sidebar. Should you wish to follow the sideblog via RSS, the […]