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Here we see a page from a new edition of 'eBook Typography' - yet to be released.

Balancing Long Lines in Headings

InDesign has a feature for paragraph styles; Balance Ragged Lines.

This is a very useful style attribute, because text in headings can look very uncomfortable if left to break naturally.

Unfortunatately there is nothing currently in CSS that gives us the power to balance our lines of text. I was always dissapointed to find that my eBooks did not mirror the settings in InDesign, and I was always resigned to the fact that text would break in a heading and then leave, possibly just one word on the following line.

But then I came across a post on the Adobe Web Platform blog.

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Posted on 30 Dec 2013 around 11am • Tagged with: eBooks | Typography | Permanent link to this article

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Original font selected

Embedding Fonts in eBooks

Edit: This article has been updated to take account of Indesign CC.

Note: The information provided here applies to eBooks created with the ePub3 standard. The font embedding techniques herein will only work properly if the ePub validates to the ePub3 standard.

Different devices offer different fonts, which may not be under the control of the book designer.

The iPad is the most sophisticated tablet that has a lot of built-in fonts, and these are available to the ebook designer.

When exporting to ePub from InDesign you can specify that the fonts are embedded.

InDesign CS6 CreativeCloud will encrypt the fonts using a method acceptable for the ePUB3 standard recognised by the International Digital Publishers Forum(IDPF). Unfortunately, the font files are also obvuscated and this is not acceptable to some eReaders.

Naturally enough, fonts embedded from the InDesign export to ePub3, will display correctly in Adobe Digital Editions. But what about getting these fonts to display on the Apple iOS devices, such as the iPad?

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Posted on 23 Mar 2013 around 6pm • Tagged with: eBooks | Typography | Permanent link to this article

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iPad users can turn on hyphenation and full justification

High Five for Hyphens

When it comes to the display of text in your re-flowable eBook, you have a some choices about hyphens.

Some general points

Hyphens can be useful to break up long words across the line break. This is particularly appropriate if you want to justify your text, since the renderer will need to space words out, and this can lead to uncomfortable spacing! But you need to adhere to the following rules:

  1. Don't justify headings. This is because they may not span the line, and so you are going to get horrid space between the words.
  2. Don't hyphenate the headings
  3. Don't justify your verse
  4. Only hyphenate if you are justifying the text and the line width (measure) is relatively short.

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Posted on 21 Mar 2013 around 12pm • Tagged with: eBooks | Permanent link to this article

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A Midsummer Night's Dream first folio

Character names in a re-fowable Shakespeare Play

When building a Shakespeare play as a re-flowable ePUB3, one important design choice will be the display of the character names in relation to the words they speak.

In published works of the play this varies a lot and you can see here how the play was presented in the first folio.

The real issue for us is to try to achieve the arrangment of elements using InDesign, so that a print version may be possible as well as an eBook version from the same file. So what are the options?

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Posted on 14 Mar 2013 around 9am • Tagged with: eBooks | Software | Permanent link to this article

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Find / Change in InDesign

The find/change feature of InDesign is your best friend! Here are a few tips about using it...

There are 2 basic modes that are going to help you to make global changes throughout the text.

Wth the TEXT mode we can find text and change to something else or possibly change to a different style... 

With the GREP mode we can find a pattern in the text and modify this text in various ways.

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Posted on 09 Mar 2013 around 5pm • Tagged with: eBooks | Software | Permanent link to this article

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