Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kindle text does not have to look like shit, so why are so many Kindle pages so ghastly?

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.

from I Call Him King by Quiet Storm, published by Esquire Publications: 


(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.)

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

1 comment:

  1. Maybe book formatters should be licensed and ranked.