“As a book designer, I understand the desire to mirror a book’s print design with its ebook counterpart,” writes Kevin Callahan in a blog post for Digital Book World. “But as an ebook reader and developer, I know that print publications are different enough from their digital versions that one design does not always fit both purposes.”
“Particularly for complex print layouts,” Callahan continues, “publishers often want the fixed-layout treatment, in which the ebook is identical to the print design, including font choice and size, as well as text and image position.
“But to this, I ask clients the following: Have you read complex fixed-layout ebooks on devices like the iPad or iPhone? Are you comfortable with pinching and zooming and panning around the screen? What do you think of the reading experience on a smartphone? Have you lost the context of the zoomed area?
“Or how about the popups on a Kindle? The page or spread stays flat, so you can see it as you magnify a region, but text (or spot art) pops up on double tap. Is that a smooth reading experience?”
Kevin Callahan is presenting on ebook production best practices at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo.
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5 Questions with Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley (DBW)
Susan Ruszala is president of NetGalley, an innovative and easy-to-use online service for book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and educators. NetGalley delivers digital galleys, often called advance reading copies, or ARCs, to professional readers and helps promote new and upcoming titles. We recently spoke with Ruszala about what NetGalley is up to, what she will be speaking on during the panel, and what she finds most interesting about book publishing today.
KENPC v2.0 Amazon KDP Changes Normalized Page Counts (Chris McMullen)
Amazon KDP changed how it determines the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC).
This affects Kindle ebooks enrolled in KDP Select, which can be borrowed via Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime. KDP Select books borrowed through Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime pay by the page read, where a Kindle Edition Normalized Page (KENP) is determined based on the book’s KENPC. This has no impact on royalties earned through sales, just borrows.
Harvard Common Press Sold to Quarto (Pub Lunch)
Quarto has completed its acquisition of The Harvard Common Press, as of February 1st, adding hundreds of titles to its backlist along with more than 25,000 recipes. HCP will become an imprint of Quarto, with editorial and production run out of Quarto’s office in Beverly, MA and Editorial Director Dan Rosenberg keeping the same role.
B&N to Carry ‘Put Me In The Story’ Personalized Books (DBW)
Barnes & Noble announced today that it is partnering with Put Me In The Story, a personalized book service owned by Sourcebooks. Two-hundred Barnes & Noble stores will carry the personalized books.
The Future of the Humanities: Reading (Pacific Standard)
Today, many people bluster that digital books and our increasingly screen-based culture herald the end of serious reading. This is nonsense. There are consequences, and sometimes drawbacks, to all new technologies, but human beings can’t live without stories and poems.