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Old 10-20-2010, 08:12 AM   #1
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Beautiful ebooks (reflowable)

What are your favorite examples of beautifully formatted ebooks in popular reflowable formats such as ePub or Mobi?

I mean ebooks that provide good tradeoffs between typographical beauty, adaptability to reflowing and user customization, consistency of presentation across reading systems and file format conversion, and that are possibly available for free download so that they can be enjoyed and studied. In other words, outstanding books that take advantage of formats especially designed for ebooks.

This query is inspired by another thread about using PDF for generating beautiful formatting.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:55 AM   #2
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I usually don't much care about typography and formatting, except when it's too horrible to ignore, which unfortunately happens much too often. The only book whose formatting I noticed in a good way is Ulysses, in the Penguin Modern Classics collection (ePub). I just wish it had been proofread as lovingly as it was formatted. There are not THAT many OCR errors, but still too many for a book like this, which is already hard enough to understand.
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First on my list is Zelda Pinwheel's version of Three Men in a Boat.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48377

I came across this when I was trying out freebies and mostly finding junk with typewriter quotes, weird page breaks and the like, so it was a cool, shady oasis in a very big desert. I have tried it across a variety of PC-based epub readers, as well as the Nook. Allowing for differences in screen size, the pages essentially look the same on every reader I have - like they came directly from a nicely formatted paper book. She marked it as an experiment "to see how far i could push the epub format," and I'd say it worked out very well. This and Elizabeth Castro's EPUB Straight to the Point, with its attached samples of Walden, are the two things I'm using to study epub formatting.
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:46 AM   #4
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:56 AM   #5
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I haven't seen any so far. Apart from the examples above, you may take a look at ePub Zen Garden for some samples of presentation variation.
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Shame epubzengarden hasn't expanded their range ...
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