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Old 02-05-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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Book Style Theory

This is kind of a style theory question. What would be your take on an e-book with styled text? Maybe making use of HTMLs ability to bold certain words, or cause some words to be of a slightly different font or color?

I'd imagine its been done somewhere, but I was thinking it would be good for anime style writers...

I think someone could pull it off, lol.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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Lots of people pull it off, most ebooks use various styles and fonts...
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:41 AM   #3
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This is kind of a style theory question. What would be your take on an e-book with styled text? Maybe making use of HTMLs ability to bold certain words, or cause some words to be of a slightly different font or color?

I'd imagine its been done somewhere, but I was thinking it would be good for anime style writers...

I think someone could pull it off, lol.
I am rather puzzled by your suggestion. The overwhelming majority of books use italics, bold, etc, for formatting. Can you elaborate on what it is that you're proposing?
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:45 AM   #4
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This is kind of a style theory question. What would be your take on an e-book with styled text? Maybe making use of HTMLs ability to bold certain words, or cause some words to be of a slightly different font or color?

I'd imagine its been done somewhere, but I was thinking it would be good for anime style writers...

I think someone could pull it off, lol.
Something like Michael Ende's "Neverending Story"?
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:23 AM   #5
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Are you talking about something like Geronimo Stilton books?

http://geronimostilton.com/upload/as...274/3328-2.jpg

I have seen milder examples used in novels (for adults), but found it a bit obnoxious. One of the big issues is that every author does things differently since there are very few conventions on the use of styled text within the body of the text.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:39 AM   #6
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Ouch! That would take a LOT of embedded fonts! I suppose it has a certain humourous impact, but I hope the author doesn't continue in that style for long!
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:15 AM   #7
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Are you talking about something like Geronimo Stilton books?

http://geronimostilton.com/upload/as...274/3328-2.jpg

I have seen milder examples used in novels (for adults), but found it a bit obnoxious. One of the big issues is that every author does things differently since there are very few conventions on the use of styled text within the body of the text.
Reminds me of the early days of Desktop Publishing when every single handbill and lost puppy notice used 15 different fonts. Eventually the bleeding eyeball effect had people raising posses to tar and feather the culprits and the practice was stamped out.

(That is, the novety wore off and people settled down to the lesser practice of using Comic Sans for everything.)

I guess we'll be repeating that phase in ebooks...
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:10 AM   #8
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Maybe we get some kitty cat tiled background and some crappy midi music playing in the background as well.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:37 AM   #9
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Bear in mind that the books in question are children's books. Yes, the ebooks have imbedded fonts and lots of colours but they are not quite as eye-searing as an old GeoCities user page.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:00 PM   #10
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Are you talking about something like Geronimo Stilton books?

http://geronimostilton.com/upload/as...274/3328-2.jpg

I have seen milder examples used in novels (for adults), but found it a bit obnoxious. One of the big issues is that every author does things differently since there are very few conventions on the use of styled text within the body of the text.
That looks really cool. If that was turned into some darker illustrated anime style stuff I think that would be very close to something I would read

I hadn't seen it done yet, but everything that I purchase is in straight novel format, lol.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:06 PM   #11
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Take a look at the ePub for 11/22/63 and you will see that it does use embedded fonts very well.
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Ouch! That would take a LOT of embedded fonts! I suppose it has a certain humourous impact, but I hope the author doesn't continue in that style for long!
But if you used Calibre's font subsetting, you could cut down the size quite a lot.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:04 PM   #13
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Ouch! That would take a LOT of embedded fonts! I suppose it has a certain humourous impact, but I hope the author doesn't continue in that style for long!
It's actually a pretty popular series among the younger crowd. Just imagine the fonts as being the intonation of a story teller and it makes sense. Especially since children's story tellers tend to be rather animated.
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I listened to a trilogy once and then saw the paper books and regretted not opting for the paper book option, even though I don't usually have patience for paper: each book in the trilogy was written in a different color font and totally matched the cover and overall mood of the novels.
Blue (can't find a pic) - Red - Green
Makes me wonder what else I am missing out on, and how cool it would be if color eink was commonplace and used to its potential by publishers....
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This is kind of a style theory question. What would be your take on an e-book with styled text? Maybe making use of HTMLs ability to bold certain words, or cause some words to be of a slightly different font or color?
I'd rather not. It would give the book a weird feeling, like one written about a toy line where every toy has to be written in all caps and boldface.

It'd also make style sheet compilation really hard.

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I'd imagine its been done somewhere, but I was thinking it would be good for anime style writers...
Doubt it. What works in comic books doesn't always work in writing. In Soul Eater, for example, Black*Star always says his name in boldface, and it always seems to have a star (I used an asteriks here) in it whenever anyone writes or speaks it. Would that work in a novel, or even a partially illustrated "Light Novel"?

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Bear in mind that the books in question are children's books. Yes, the ebooks have imbedded fonts and lots of colours but they are not quite as eye-searing as an old GeoCities user page.
The anime generation is hitting 30 now. We're not children, even if we still like our anime and manga.

For me at least, anime and manga influence is more pacing and storytelling, than gimmick writing.
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