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View Poll Results: Vintage (e)book appearance -- Your preference?
Old-fashioned and "aged" 10 7.41%
Old-fashioned but clean 36 26.67%
Modern appearance 39 28.89%
Don't care - I'll read it as-is 28 20.74%
Don't care - I'll change it anyway 19 14.07%
I don't read "vintage" books 3 2.22%
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:48 AM   #1
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Vintage (e)book appearance -- Your preference?

I read somewhere a forum post or blog, by someone discussing finding "aged-paper" for a background image to go with the battered typeface font he had found, to use in preparing an ebook of an old novel.

I started thinking, perhaps I should try that for my next public domain rehab project, maybe some folks would like that. Thus, the birth of this poll.

So, what's YOUR preferance? (Ignore the fact of what your Reader does or doesn't support, what do you really like?)

1) I want it to show its age, with battered typeface and torn-paper background with soup-stains (scratch-and-sniff mildew, too, please?)

2) I want it just like the first edition, but looking clean and spanky new, hot off the press, newly delivered by the postman.

3) I want it with modern layout and punctuation and (sometimes) modern fonts for titles and headings.

4) I don't care; if I want to read it, I'll take it as it comes.

5) I don't care; I will rip out the illustrations and fonts and standardize it to match the rest of my collection.

6) I am not the demographic you are looking for. I don't read books published before I was born.


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Old 05-08-2013, 04:56 AM   #2
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Picked old fashioned/aged...but mostly because I would like to see how the CSS/effects were done.
I know my kids tend NOT to read a book if it looks worn - they think it is too "old and boring"... So I trick 'em and put a new cover and clean pages and they love them!

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Background 'Paper' effects reduce contrast on 8 level EINK displays and make it tiresome for these 'vintage' and worn eyes
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:15 AM   #4
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What's the point? I read for the text. I want the sharpest text and the clearest pages possible. And I want to make the font the size and style that is easiest for me to read. I don't want my options locked in by the publisher which is what this would need.

Like fake page turns. Pointless waste of programming and memory space.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:19 AM   #5
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Well, early results are showing a trend towards ... eclectic tastes? (One vote each for the first 4 choices)

@turtle, it is mean to trick little kids that way!
Not really, anything that encourages reading is good strategy.

@theducks, yeah, I've noticed that too. I'll bet my eyes are more vintage than yours.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:24 AM   #6
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@crossi, I agree with you, as far as my own tastes are concerned. I made the poll, because "maybe some folks would like that", and it might make an interesting one-off project.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:40 AM   #7
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I picked old-fashioned and aged because I'm just that way.

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I have an e-ink reader so aged paper would never work. But can you specify your own backgrounds on the standard reading apps on tablets, like Kindle and iBooks? Or would you have to create an app for this, or (shudder) make each page an image?

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I don't very much care, but I like to think it should use typefaces from its own era.
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This isn't an eBook project. Make a set of web pages or a PDF. My personal opinion is that a reader will find it tiresome after a very few pages. But don't let me stop you trying!

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I never change the font of the books I read. To me, a font is a font is a font. When I turn my K4 on, I read. I never use the dictionaries, never take notes, never underline or highlight passages, etc. Those features are wasted on me.
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I never change the font of the books I read. To me, a font is a font is a font.
Unless it's Comic Sans :-)
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Just use modern logical markup and let the reader decide. As many have mentioned, background images don't work well for ereaders. If you're attempting to read in sunlight, background images don't work well for tablets either (since it diminishes what little contrast you do have). On top of that, there are ereading apps for tablets that let you change the font and background image, to give you a vintage or modern appearance.

For what it's worth, I agree with tubemonkey: a font is a font. They only time the font annoys me is when it's hard to read.
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What's the point? I read for the text. I want the sharpest text and the clearest pages possible. And I want to make the font the size and style that is easiest for me to read. I don't want my options locked in by the publisher which is what this would need.

Like fake page turns. Pointless waste of programming and memory space.
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