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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kindle text does not have to look like crap, so why are so many Kindle pages so ugly?


With most ebook formats, designers don't have the freedom they have with pbooks. The constraint is not an excuse to produce and distribute ugliness. It's possible to publish very nice ebooks -- but knowledge, taste and care are vital.


Text above is from I Call Him King by Quiet Storm, published by Esquire Publications.



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Text above is from I Invented the Modern Age by Richard Snow, published by Scribner


(Minor criticism: the diagonal stress of the old style drop cap "O" is disconcerting. Also, maybe the drop cap makes the page too busy. Five stacked-up graphic elements are a lot.)

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