my 2 cents: designing & coding artistic drop caps may be satisfying for some, & may impress the hell out of publishers, but when it comes to actually reading the e-book they are a complete waste of space.
They add nothing to readability - I actually prefer to zap them by editing to make "dropcaps" an empty style in the CSS many books that I read.
same goes for arty chapter heading styles.
I suspect the desire for these goes way back to bored medieval book-copying monks creating doodles around opening letters - we should have outgrown that by now!. Millions of web articles are perfectly readable without any drop caps, so why have them in e-book novels
what's the counter argument for drop caps actually impoving the reading
experience, rather than the book-selling figures ?
I want to read the book & nothing but the book - all the vanity stuff ( glowing review extracts, other books by, dedications to people I''ve never heard of, ) is zap fodder. If I want to know more about the author
or see other books by
I use Google !
i know it aint going to happen this way - it's like wishing or a movie DVD that starts with the movie , not with the unskippable logos & adverts crap - just giving a readers persective on all this misguided creativity