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I’ve been taking an ebooks class this semester, and for my final project I decided to do a little formatting experiment. We learned all kinds of formatting and CSS in class, but a lot of what we learned didn’t work on every form of output. The same epub file might come out differently in Adobe Digital Editions versus iBooks. So I created a mini-ebook in both epub and mobi, with all kinds of formatting “issues” I could think of–colors, lists, images–and took screenshots of how they came out in different programs and devices.

So far, I covered epub to Adobe Digital Editions, epub to Calibre, and epub to iBooks (iPad). In this post, I’m covering mobi to the desktop Kindle app (for Mac).

For starters, you can download the mobi here.But it is possible to get the gist of the experiment without downloading it.

Let’s see how the mobi displayed in Kindle’s app for Mac.

Cover

No problems on page or thumbnail (not shown). The only weird thing is that clicking “Intro” on the Table of Contents takes you to the cover, not the heading ‘Intro” like it’s supposed to.

Text

Everything worked except the most obscure font, Thornburi.

Lists

As you can see above, we avoided that awkward problem of the ID anchor (which is on the line “Here is an ordered list”) appear as a hyperlink that doesn’t go anywhere.

All the lists check out just fine!

Images

Everything worked fine. As with the other desktop apps, the top- and middle-aligned images only displayed as such when the window was sized widely enough; otherwise they appeared below the text.

Links

Links both work.

Backgrounds

Looks good!

Good job, Kindle for Mac! Let’s see what happens on Kindle for iPad and iPhone

I’ve been taking an ebooks class this semester, and for my final project I decided to do a little formatting experiment. We learned all kinds of formatting and CSS in class, but a lot of what we learned didn’t work on every form of output. The same epub file might come out differently in Adobe Digital Editions versus iBooks. So I created a mini-ebook in both epub and mobi, with all kinds of formatting “issues” I could think of–colors, lists, images–and took screenshots of how they came out in different programs and devices.

In the last post, I covered epub to Adobe Digital Editions and epub to Calibre. In this post, I’m covering epub to iBooks, on both iPad and iPhone.

For starters, you can download the epub here. But it is possible to get the gist of the experiment without downloading it.

Let’s see how the epub displayed in iBooks for iPad.

Cover

The cover fits on the first page, with no off-centering problems on page or thumbnail (not shown).

Text

As with ADE, all the text formatting worked except the more obscure fonts.

Lists

Above, you can see that we have the same problem as with ADE, with the ID anchor in the first line under “Lists” being treated as a hyperlink. It’s more subtle in this case, since the hyperlink isn’t underlined, but it’s still a misleading distraction.

The list themselves, though, are fine.

Images

Notice the issue with the alignments. This was the same problem I had with the two desktop applications I’ve reviewed so far, that was solved by resizing the window. You can resize the windows on iBooks (if you turn the iPad sideways, it switches to a 2-page spread), so there’s no quick fix.

Don’t be fooled by the last two images. The image with the border displays as it should. The image that is supposed to be floating right is the one on the following page, which also displays as it should. At first glance, it looked like the same image was displayed twice!

Links and Backgrounds

Both links work as they should (the link within the book having the annoying quality mentioned above of displaying the anchor as a hyperlink). The link to the website brings up a pop-up window asking, “Do you want to leave iBooks and open this link?” Upon clicking “Open,” it opens the link in Safari.

Now let’s look at iBook for iPhone. Most things were the same, so I’m just highlighting anything that came out differently than in the iPad version.

Justification:

Haha. No. It will not justify. It’s easier to tell on this narrow a screen!

Image alignment

Even though we’re looking at split-up images, we can easily see that both the top- and middle-alignments actually came out as the default bottom-align.

Now here’s a weird thing. The floating image works fine with the iPhone held sideways:

But look what happens when it’s held upright!

That is probably not something you want to have happen by accident.

Next: Mobi to Kindle for desktop.

I’ve been taking an ebooks class this semester, and for my final project I decided to do a little formatting experiment. We learned all kinds of formatting and CSS in class, but a lot of what we learned didn’t work on every form of output. The same epub file might come out differently in Adobe Digital Editions versus iBooks. So I created a mini-ebook in both epub and mobi, with all kinds of formatting “issues” I could think of–colors, lists, images–and took screenshots of how they came out in different programs and devices.

In the last post, I covered epub to Adobe Digital Editions. In this post, I’m covering epub to Calibre.

For starters, you can download the epub here. But it is possible to get the gist of the experiment without downloading it.

Let’s see how the epub displayed in Calibre.

Cover

There were no centering problems with the thumbnail this time (not shown). The cover didn’t fit on one page, and handled it by splitting the picture and putting the bottom on the following page, which is better than ADE’s solution of just not showing the bottom of the image.

Text

Everything worked except Thornburi (the weirdest of the fonts included). Nice job, Calibre!

Lists

Above, you can see that the anchor on the first line is not hyperlinked like it was in ADE. (It shouldn’t be.)

This all worked just fine, none of the ordered list fail we saw in ADE.

Images

Everything worked! As with ADE, the window had to be wide enough to get the pictures in line with the text, otherwise they appeared below.

Links and Backgrounds

Both links worked, and obviously, so did the backgrounds.

Not bad, Calibre. Not bad at all.

Next: epub to iBooks.

I’ve been taking an ebooks class this semester, and for my final project I decided to do a little formatting experiment. We learned all kinds of formatting and CSS in class, but a lot of what we learned didn’t work on every form of output. The same epub file might come out differently in Adobe Digital Editions versus iBooks. So I created a mini-ebook in both epub and mobi, with all kinds of formatting “issues” I could think of–colors, lists, images–and took screenshots of how they came out in different programs and devices.

Let’s begin with epub to Adobe Digital Editions.

For starters, you can download the epub here. But it is possible to get the gist of the experiment without downloading it.

Let’s see how the epub displayed in Adobe Digital Editions.

Cover

You can see from both the thumbnail in the upper left corner and the first page that the cover is off-center. The cover also doesn’t fit on the first page, and instead of shrinking it or splitting it in two, we get half a cover followed by a blank page. This isn’t such a huge issue with a cover image, but it might be a problem for larger images contained in the book.

Text

The font colors, alignments, and sizes all worked. The common typefaces displayed correctly, but the uncommon ones did not.

Lists

The reason the first line came out as a link isn’t because it’s a hyperlink itself. It’s actually the anchored “ID” tag that I use to jump within the book later on. It doesn’t actually link to anything, and should not be highlighted.

The regular lists work fine, but we hit a pretty epic fail with the unordered list nested within the ordered list. As you see, the ordering continued through, leaving what should be step four as step seven. There’s no problem with the opposite, the ordered list within the unordered one.

Images

All the alignments and borders worked! Of course, the ADE window had to be wide enough to fit the images next to the texts. Otherwise the images came out below the text, instead of aligned.

Links

They both work. Just annoying that the second link causes the anchor to behave like hyperlink.

Backgrounds

Success.

Next: Epub to Calibre.