Merry haunted yuletide birthday apertif, Mobile Read! Here's a cake for you made of eggnog sorbet, topped with carmelized pumpkin marzipan and stippled with tiny bottles of Germain-Robin Coast Road Reserve.
I've only just seen this contest because the lights were out before. Ever since the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, we've been submerged in the blackout here in the Lower East Side of New York, but we finally emerged last night.
My favorite Forum is surely E-Book Software
, with particular emphasis on the Sigil
We all love mouthing off in the News forum, the Deals forum is tremendous for impulse buys and coupons, and the E-Book Readers forum is ideal for tricks, customization and comparisons. But when the palaver and sprees end, I absolutely need
the Software Forums for content creation and e-book repair. I just can't bear to let brutal errors stand.
One thing I'd like to see: an organizational distinction between software forums for content creation and the ones for e-book library organization, with the content creation software closer to or part of the e-book format forums. Content creation and specific formats are interrelated, as you know, and people with broad questions might benefit if the two were more closely linked. (Wouldn't it be nice to be able to merge forums on the content display side, as the user can in a search?)
(I also think it's time for either a Tablet Forum or tablet sub-forums in the E-Readers Forums: Google Nexus, Samsung and Asus, respectively.)
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My favorite part of the entire site
is the Patricia Clark Memorial E-Book Upload Library, particularly the epub section: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/ebooks.php?forumid=130
That's the part of Mobile Read which I brag to everyone about, explaining that the books they buy on Amazon are often bested by the creations offered here by so many of our obsessive formatters and unpaid editors. The MR library is as altruistic an undertaking as any charity organization. It's the virtual Red Cross of literacy.
A few things I might do:
- Offer more literary fiction, poetry, scholarly and philosophical work in the English language section. In this, the German library is far more balanced. I often wish the entire thing were available on MR in English translation.
- Offer subpages of two letters within one, much as the volumes of an encyclopedia does: SA to SE, etc. This might make navigating one's way through the Kerouac scrolls for individual letters less daunting.
Thanks for thinking of us, Alexander!