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Kaylee Skylyn
04-15-2012, 02:02 PM
Hey all,

Been lurking and gleaning lots of info for a while now but I have a question; could we have a post with ePub examples of things? (Like ePub X is a good example of X coding to achieve X effect)

For example my most recent thing was I wanted to do an ePub with multiple "Books" and then those books would have "Chapters" but I wasn't sure how to do this in the ToC where the chapters were children of the book. While the CSS/HTML code example post is great it is for more detailed stuff. I keep seeing people say the best way to learn is to find an ePub doing what you want to do and learn directly from how they did it...I totally agree but how do I know where to find an ePub showing what I want to do?!? Just randomly download a bunch of ePubs and hope you come across it somewhere? So that's what I would like to have a topic on; This ePub is a good example of X. There is some of that in the CSS/HTML post but its really hard to navigate and find what you want...so maybe something like the "CSS how to" page (http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/CSS_HowTo#Essentials) would be better.

So for my example I found an example of what I wanted to do; have "Book1" with child "Chapter 1" ect then "Book2" with child "Chapter 1" ect in my copy of "White Fang" by Jack London (from FeedBooks) (http://www.feedbooks.com/book/3533/white-fang) that was already in my library. (but is it a GOOD example of how to do this? I'm assuming so but you tell me.) ;)

So is there a spot like this somewhere already that I missed? or if not can we create one? Please :)

ATDrake
04-15-2012, 02:58 PM
Well, fellow MR member zelda_pinwheel's illustrated version of Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48377) is a great example of advanced ePub formatting with embedded fonts, visual drop-caps with wraparound text, etc.

Hope this helps and welcome to MobileRead!

Kaylee Skylyn
04-15-2012, 11:52 PM
Thanks ATDrake!

That's definitely a good example. I will check it out especially since I hope to try drop caps and imbedded fonts soon...

Jellby
04-16-2012, 06:05 AM
May I suggest The Prince and the Pauper (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34347) as another example? (I didn't use wrap-around text, because It can't be done to work properly in all situations, like a tall picture in landscape screen.)

Or The Divine Comedy (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=53475) as an example of poetry and multilingual book.

Savage Stories of Conan (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49717) for a collection of short stories.

Los caprichos (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105155) for a picture book.


Whether these are good examples or not is not for me to tell, but I certainly think they are :)

Kaylee Skylyn
04-16-2012, 05:36 PM
Thanks Jellby!

I'll check those out. I have a nagging feeling I may have downloaded the Prince and Pauper on an other threads recommendation but I'll take a look at the others too.

So we have lots of examples for illustrations and different word wrapping..how about examples of different chapter headings?

Again I love the way that it is done in my White Fang example. It's my favorite so far. I've also browsed the ones at ePub Zen Garden (http://epubzengarden.com) (Noir and Simple are my favs there) but I'm left thinking there must be ways to add a bit more variety than that.

argonite
04-18-2012, 12:06 PM
Hello, some other interesting samples...

Very advanced SVG, it'a commercial epub but there is a free sample on the right :
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4883


For original chapter headings (and many other stuff) but it is in french language (personnal work)
http://amanuensis.pagesperso-orange.fr/dwl/jeckyl_hyde_avance.zip

mmat1
04-18-2012, 05:12 PM
Very advanced SVG, it'a commercial epub but there is a free sample on the right:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4883


Quoi? Really a neat book, but it has no SVG at all.;)

argonite
04-19-2012, 03:52 AM
You right, my mistake... Well, it should exists another sample version somewhere, because i was very impress some time ago.

Got it ! http://www.lulu.com/shop/noel-langley/desbarollda-the-waltzing-mouse/ebook/product-6561710.html

Sample link is difficult to find on the page, try under the image, "prewiew" link.

mmat1
04-19-2012, 05:56 AM
Got it ! http://www.lulu.com/shop/noel-langley/desbarollda-the-waltzing-mouse/ebook/product-6561710.html

I see. I guess they use SVG to get some letter-spacing on a mobile device.

What's about your Jekyll/Hyde ? I like this flow of text around the images (never seen something like this before). Did you publish it somewhere ?

argonite
04-19-2012, 01:52 PM
I like this flow of text around the images (never seen something like this before).
Thanks, i improve it, but the method was originaly found on this forum, some books have use it before.

Exemple of a very good and know one using this method (Three Men in a Boat) :
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48377

Did you publish it somewhere ?
Don't really understand what you mean, this book is just freely for download (public domain) on my website. By the way if you like it, you can also try the second sample :
Sleeping beauty (in french again)
http://amanuensis.pagesperso-orange.fr/dwl/belle_dormant.zip
Or go to the main page :
http://amanuensis.pagesperso-orange.fr

mmat1
04-19-2012, 04:59 PM
Don't really understand what you mean, this book is just freely for download (public domain) on my website.

That's what I'm asking for. As the OP I'm fond to have a look on books others made, to improve my skills.

Thanks :thanks:

Kaylee Skylyn
04-20-2012, 10:34 PM
Thanks argonite!

I took a quick look and I do like your chapter headings example. I'll have to take a closer look at those tomorrow (when I'm hopefully not in an antihistamine haze). :)

mmat1
04-21-2012, 01:53 AM
I took a quick look and I do like your chapter headings example.


How do you like this one ?

AlexBell
04-21-2012, 04:57 AM
I see. I guess they use SVG to get some letter-spacing on a mobile device.

What's about your Jekyll/Hyde ? I like this flow of text around the images (never seen something like this before). Did you publish it somewhere ?

Lots of images with text flowing around in the ePub version of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins in the MR library.

Kaylee Skylyn
04-21-2012, 10:30 PM
mmat1 : Hmm, not as fond of that one. Different for sure but maybe a bit to non-traditional for me. Just something about it doesn't work for me. Thanks for sharing though!

mmat1
04-22-2012, 03:00 AM
mmat1 : Hmm, not as fond of that one. Different for sure but maybe a bit to non-traditional for me. Just something about it doesn't work for me. Thanks for sharing though!

Well, I woudn't use it in a classic novell as well. :)

It's just an idea, detected accidently.