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eBook posted: Memoirs of an Islet

Robert Louis Stevenson

When I read this short essay by Robert Louis Stevenson, I recognised a man who loved islands, since there are references to different islands that he had either explored or invented.

I have created a few versions of this wonderful essay from RLS, partly from an interest in islands, but also because there are many opportunities to make cross references to other material from RLS himself. I have also travelled to the island described and I have included some photographs within the book.

Back in 2001, I created a Quicktime VR movie and had included this in a PDF version of this eBook. Including this in the ePub version seems impossible for the moment. Even putting a link to the QTVR online is a bit risky because recent versions of Quicktime from Apple no longer supports this format.

Posted on 11 Dec 2012 around 9am • Read More about this eBook here

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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 inside the META-INF folder:

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

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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