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Feb 21, 2008: Digital book design

Since going live with Rosenfeld Media's first book, we've been getting some love for our digital edition's design. This edition isn't just the PDF of what we sent to the printer; it was designed specially for on-screen use. Large typeface, easy to scroll through, good use of the PDF reader software's capabilities, and a bunch more features... While it's not perfect, we did a fair bit of testing on it, so we're happy to hear mostly positive feedback.

Even when we don't deserve credit. Jorge Arango blogged that our digital design was formatted perfectly for his Sony Reader. I'm not sure I've ever seen a real live Sony Reader (although I did check out a Kindle recently). But lucky us, here is Indi's book nestled snugly on Jorge's Reader:

Indi Young's


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Comment: Timothy Mills (Feb 21, 2008)

I just saw one of these at the new Borders in Ann Arbor. It's very lightweight, small, easy to read, and easy to operate. There's no backlighting, and the battery life is supposed to be very good.

The down side is that all the green of Indi's book would be gone, and you can't use a pen or pencil to make notes.

Comment: brandy (Feb 21, 2008)

Timothy, you can make notes on a kindle! I adore my kindle. It's NowNow feature is really nice.

Comment: Timothy Mills (Feb 22, 2008)

Yes, you can make notes on a kindle, but you can't use a pen or pencil to make notes. There is a difference.

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