Originally Posted by obarz
I know the traditions of printed book pages inside out. Along with being a professional book designer, I have spent my life as a publisher with special focus on book production--design, typesetting, printing and binding.
My present study involves creating ebooks that look and flow in a manner that mimics the expectation that a reader of an ebook has learned from having absorbed the tradition of hundreds of years of book design development.
guess what - technology just made you about as as useful as a blacksmith, or a man who knew how to slot hot lead letters into a rack...
there's not a lot of demand for typesetting ,printing & binding skills in the e-book world, actually.
I had a John Bull printing kit from Woolworths (UK) when I was a Kid - lots of letters on black rubber squares, a wooden block to slot them into & some ink - wonderful stuff but the world has moved on now.... the days when book prouction ground to a halt because you'd dropped the last "F" & couldn't not find it are over, thankfully
I think the makers of John Bull (UK) printing kits met the same fate as the owners of Woolworths
so to sum up -
isn't that look n feel stuff already sorted & put to bed -
what's wrong with how ebooks look already ???
( we can quibble about pros & cons of indents vs blank lines - have been doin so for most of the day on the sigil board actually, but anyone with a bit of nous can make their ebooks look exactly as they'd like them to look already )
& what's your "reader expectations" stuff all about - the average reader just wants their e-book to look like .... a book.... - but with real page numbers , if you go read the Kindle board!
its just words on a screen, in a readable layout - not rocket science.
that's enough troll feeding for today.