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Old Yesterday, 03:00 PM   #1
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ePub: one page vs 2 page

Some ePubs displayed in a one-page view while others displayed in a two-page view (the default view, nothing to do with software controlled double page view).

Which version (one-page or two-page view) is better? Why are some ePubs in one-page view while some are in two-page view?

For the same book that comes in a one-page view and a two-page view, which version should I buy?

Example of one-page view ePub:




Example of two-page view ePub:

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My opinion only:
  • Some people feel that reading across the entire width of a screen (e.g., a computer monitor, not necessarily a tablet screen) to be distracting.
  • If I remember correctly, there have been studies done on the optimum width of a block of text for readability and comprehension - something to do with how much of a sentence your eyes can "grab" with a single glance, instead of having to move your eyes back and forth across the page. The same logic is/was used by newspapers - breaking up the page into columns to make the information easier to follow/digest.
  • Some people think the 2-column layout is more like reading a physical book - and they prefer that resemblance (I assume these are the same people who like to see a page flip when they turn the page, too)
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I find that 1 column books often display in two columns in landscape mode, depending on the font size and ebook reader capabilities. I really like this feature. In portrait mode it would depend a lot on the size of the reader but for 6" or smaller devices I would want 1 column for portrait mode. Larger devices may work well in 2 column mode but what happens if you increase the text size?

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Interesting feedback!

It seems to me books of the 2-page layout are mostly "scan pages" (they looked scanned), particularly the inside cover page, publisher info page, table of contents etc. Because they looked scanned, some seems to look bad such that the scan was done badly. These 2-page view books often closely resemble an actual book.

The 1-page view books on the other hand looked professionally done, good examples would be the Kindle books, all of those I owned are 1-page view books. These 1-page view books are custom "printed" so they won't look like the actual book.
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Why are some ePubs in one-page view while some are in two-page view?
Is this with ADE? What happens if you resize the window and make it narrower (for the 2-column) or wider (for the 1-column)?

ADE recognizes an additional "page template" file, that can change the layout and margins dynamically depending on the screen/window size. Maybe the your 2-column book has it (and 2-column layout is kicking in) and your 1-column one doesn't. I believe that ADE has some default "two columns if wide" logic anyway, so perhaps the 1-column book actually has a template file to override this and the 2-column one doesn't.

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For the same book that comes in a one-page view and a two-page view, which version should I buy?
If it's fixed 2 columns, I'd choose the 1-column version, easier to process. If it's a dynamic layout, the one you like best.
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For the same book that comes in a one-page view and a two-page view, which version should I buy?
Since the two page view is most likely controlled by a default template.xpgt file embedded in the epub, which you can easily delete, it doesn't really matter.

There's even a Calibre plugin for removing it, Modify ePub.
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