Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Kindle pages don't have to look like crap, so why do so many of them look like crap?

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.

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


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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