Understanding E-Book Limitations
The idea of creating your own e-book can be exciting. That is until you see your own content in an e-book format. Those design ideas - are for the most part not included in the final hand-held device rendering.
Last week, I spent most of the week reading Cooking Books in e-book formats. During the week I jumped between using the Kindle app on my phone, iPad, MacBook Air, and HP laptop - each device presented a different experience with a changing array of tools.
NOTE TO SELF: Drop caps do not work on the Kindle app.
What you can expect from one device to the other:
- The device determines the best settings for the content.
- The reader can select:
- The Font.
- The size of the font.
- How wide to make the columns.
- How many columns to use.
- How many words to include on each line.
- How much space to include in the leading (space between lines)
- What the background color should be: white, black.
- And what page margins to use.
A few other end-user considerations:
- Image wrap rarely works well.
- Images need descriptive captions as images often load onto the device screen alone and out of context.
- Aligning images with content is different, as break pages can occur unexpectedly.
- Kindle does not support Drop Caps.