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View Diary: What are you reading? Dec 5, 2012 (65 comments)

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  •  sounds like Baen to us (one of our major sources) (0+ / 0-)

    not all the people e-booking their stuff seem to understand that different browsers, are DIFFERENT!

    there are also different individual editors preparing these. some do NOT understand that just because things look OK in THEIR browser, doesn't mean what they're doing is acceptable HTML. Trying to make what shows on the screen look identical to the text that got printed in the book DOES NOT WORK, and too many alleged "professional" preparers do not seem to understand this, because they don't really understand HTML. (which is not really that complicated, fer pete sake!)

    Others DO know what the fr*ck they're doing. (It can take my DH anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 days to clean up a new title!)

    This mixture of competency levels is EXTREMELY frustrating to users. Baen is actually one of the better ones.  Only about a third of their books are messed up. Other publishers have a MUCH worse track record. Some take text that has been illegally (& poorly) OCR'd and sell it as their own.

    Biggest problems seem to include: doing Headers as Formatted Paragraphs, instead of as Headers; Tables of Contents that do not work; elimination of ITALICS; and not recognizing that many e-readers substitute their own paragraph formatting for the CSS formatting the publisher produces. (Messing up the italics in military SF is a particular pain, as all your starship names go wonky! Also all the thinking to yourself that characters do, etc.) ALSO SVG is NOT a universally supported format for images (i.e. covers, etc.)

    The bad editors also fail to recognize that page breaks will translate differently in different e-readers and that they have to accommodate for this.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:49:40 PM PST

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