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The configuration setting for iBooks has Full-Justification switched on

Please don’t Justify me!

In the iBooks app on the iPad the user has control over the justification. Well, that is, by default justification is turned on. Users can turn that off - but they probably don't! ‘cos they don‘t know where to find it.

How can eBook designers get the kind of alignment they prefer, and make the eBook stay like that?

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Posted on 22 Nov 2012 around 6pm • Tagged with: eBooks | Ideas | Typography | Permanent link to this article

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iBooks3 - spotting some differences

I have updated my eBook eBook Typography for Flowable eBooks, on the iBooks store.

The recent update to the iBooks app (this arrived the same time as the announcement for the iPad Mini), was causing a few oddities in the book. On investigating and experimenting, here is what I discovered.

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Posted on 26 Oct 2012 around 2pm • Tagged with: Ideas | Permanent link to this article

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Coda has a terminal window. Here we see validating an ePUB. Success!

Using CODA to edit ePUBs

I have used the MAC editor Coda from Panic for a while as my preferred web site and template editor. I have recently been using it to edit ePUB innards.

Coda normally expects that you are editing a site on a server, or at least transferring onto a server after editing locally, so the configuration for a 'site' may not seem initially appropriate for editing ePUBs. Nevertheless, setting up a local folder is straightforward. In fact, you can set this up to be the root of the complete ePUB, thereby giving you the potential to edit the various XML files (package files and TOC files).

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Posted on 12 Oct 2012 around 11am • Tagged with: Ideas | Permanent link to this article

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eBook Typography - a couple of tweaks

My eBook eBook Typography for Flowable eBooks has been in the iBooks store for a couple of weeks, but I wasn't happy with a couple of issues, so I have uploaded a new version to the store.

It occurs to me, that eBooks can be updated (to fix stylistic problems), and rather than this being an entirely new edition (as it would be in pBook), this is simply a small update and could be handled in the same way that software is updated. On my title page, I have an aside that displays the version number.

But what changes have I implemented?

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Posted on 28 Sep 2012 around 11am • Tagged with: CSS | eBooks | How I do things | Permanent link to this article

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Font Formats for iPad eBooks

To deliver your own fonts for eBooks on the iPad or other iOS devices you will need to include the following in an extra file called com.apple.ibooks.display-options.xml inside the META-INF folder:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<display_options>
<platform name="*">
<option name="specified-fonts">true</option>
</platform>
</display_options>

But what format of fonts can you use?

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Posted on 23 Aug 2012 around 11pm • Tagged with: eBooks | iPad | Typography | Permanent link to this article

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The play’s the thing

Marking up a Shakespeare play

An assignment for my students will be to create an eBook from a Shakespeare play. I thought I should go through some options of how a play could be marked-up with HTML5 and styled with CSS.

The texts of all of Shakespeare's plays are in the public domain and available from the Project Gutenberg web site as well as some other locations. The quality of these texts is variable.

I have tried various ways to use appropriate HTML, and it was not my intention to reproduce anything like the the First Folio that you see here, but rather make it clear which character is speaking which lines.

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Posted on 18 Jul 2012 around 11am • Tagged with: eBooks | Typography | Permanent link to this article

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