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Old 08-19-2012, 09:48 PM   #1
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Why put out an eBook you don't know what to do with?

I recently bought the new Millennium Edition of So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane. I've had a look at the code. It's a Calibre conversion of some source and then run through Sigil. She (or whoever is her eBook maker) has no clue how to make a good eBook.

The code is a mess on top of a mess. And it has all of those nice SGC styles all over the place. And then there are the filenames for the XML files that have not been fixed. For a professional author, she should be ashamed of releasing an eBook like this.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:52 PM   #2
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Probably the usual sad reason - money - from a "new" edition of a known title.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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Most people don't ever see the (messy) code.

The big questions:
Did the book work on a Reader device?
Did the book have DISPLAY errors (typos, gross text format issues)?

What is outrageous is some people, without the skills, charge the author $$ to code these e-books
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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Most people don't ever see the (messy) code.

The big questions:
Did the book work on a Reader device?
Did the book have DISPLAY errors (typos, gross text format issues)?

What is outrageous is some people, without the skills, charge the author $$ to code these e-books
I've not looked close enough (yet) to see if there are any errors. But there are formatting issues that should be fixed. The book is formatted left justified instead if justified and the cover is not aspect ratio correct and it shows. So to fix these issues, I do have to see the code and how bad it is.

Given how simple these books would be formatted, I'd be happy to do it for just $.

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Old 08-19-2012, 10:38 PM   #5
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These particular books are *not* a money grab.
They are updatings for accessibility of a Young Adult series that goes back to the 80's and where computer tech is integral to the story. Ms Duane thought that a universe-saving computer magically built out of a "state-of-the -art" Apple II wouldn't fly these days. (Even among Apple's stockholders.)

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Old 08-19-2012, 10:49 PM   #6
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I've also noticed because an old version of Calibre (0.7.45), the fixes to the smarten punctuation are not there and I have noticed in a few places where the ending quote is incorrect.

Keep Calibre updated as it gets fixed and some of the fixes are rather important.
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For a professional author, she should be ashamed of releasing an eBook like this.
There are vast legions who should be ashamed. Sadly, we live in an era that knows no shame.
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I recently bought the new Millennium Edition of So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane. I've had a look at the code. It's a Calibre conversion of some source and then run through Sigil. She (or whoever is her eBook maker) has no clue how to make a good eBook.

The code is a mess on top of a mess. And it has all of those nice SGC styles all over the place. And then there are the filenames for the XML files that have not been fixed. For a professional author, she should be ashamed of releasing an eBook like this.
How'd the book read?
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How'd the book read?
Haven't moved to my Kindle, but under calibre it looks just fine. But then I'm not anal about underlying ugly code. I just want to read the book.
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Well,I've cleaned up the code. It did not actually take long. I loaded it into Sigil, fixed the ToC, fixed the cover XML, renamed the files and then cleaned up the CSS/XML. Didn't take too long to do so.

It wasn't bad looking on the outside except for the cover and not being justified. The indents were larger then I prefer. Also, I fixed the first paragraph of every chapter and after each section break to have no indent. With an eBook, if you don't have no-indent, you can miss a section break when it hits on the end of the screen.
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Thank God that's taken care of.
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Thank God that's taken care of.
Ah, but you'll have to buy your own copy and fix it yourself, because Jon can't distriubute his fixed up copy.


I wonder if they found the bits that were 18px? On a 72 or 90 dpi screen, it's not such a big deal. On a 167 dpi e-ink screen it's kind of tiny. That was in my International Edition. I haven't decided whether or not to buy this new edition.
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