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 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.