Category Archives: Ebook Design Tips

Dodging the Ebook Small Cap Bullettest

Small caps have been a source of concern for ebook designers for a long time. They are an essential part of the typographical lexicon, but due to system constraints, small caps may fail to display Continue Reading >>

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Defining Quality for Ebook Conversionstest

The ebook boom has created some interesting challenges. Publishers and authors alike have been tossed into a quagmire of conflicting expectations, technological challenges and dubious definitions of quality. How we communicate our expectations and vet Continue Reading >>

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Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Mimetypes, A Video Tutorialtest

Our second installment of our web series, Ebooks, How Do They Work discusses mimetype files. Learn what they are, why they are there, and what to do with them. Remember, as always, Digital Bindery is Continue Reading >>

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Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Unpacking, A Video Tutorialtest

We are finally back with Friday’s Ebook Design Tips. We are officially launching our web series Ebooks, How Do They Work, with the first installment. This episode starts at the very beginning. If you are Continue Reading >>

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Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Never Assume an Automatic Ebook Conversion is OK: Check each page to ensure things are where you expect them to betest

At first glance, this conversion may seem to be just fine. The excess white space might not bother all readers, although it will bother many who enlarge their text and will only be able to Continue Reading >>

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Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Do Not Underline Text Unless it is a Hyperlinktest

Readers are trained with this expectation when reading on-screen. When a word is underlined and does not link to anything, the assumption is that the link is broken or the creator forgot to add it. Continue Reading >>

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Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: If You Intend to Embed Your Own Font, Make Sure it is Well-formedtest

There are several issues with embedding fonts. Before embedding a font, ensure that the licence you have for using the font includes this function. If you are not sure, check with the foundry or font Continue Reading >>

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Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Many Readers will Substitute Their Own Fonts: Be careful of symbols & decorationtest

Certain symbols may look quite different from one font to another. Bullets, ampersands, and ornaments are obvious examples, but some ereaders will not interpret em dashes, curly quotes, or smart apostrophes correctly. In certain cases, Continue Reading >>

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Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Create a Linked Table of Contents so Readers can Easily Navigate Through the Booktest

Ereaders will automatically create a table of contents using the information from the navMap in the toc.ncx file. This file will usually be truncated and unhelpful in ebooks that are automatically converted. The entire body Continue Reading >>

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Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Ensure Your Cover and Internal Images Look Good in Grayscaletest

Many ereaders, including the most popular version of the Nook and Kindle, only display 16 shades of gray. Before sending your ebook off to retailers, ensure that your images, including your cover, look good when Continue Reading >>

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