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Old 01-22-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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Poe, Edgar Allan: The Raven (ill) by Dore. v1. 22 Jan 2009

mtravellerh has produced an illustrated copy of The Raven but it isn't the complete original book and the illustrations exhibit a lot of moire patterns. I used the illustrations from the Library of Congress and they look really nice. I also sized the illustrations so that they would take up the maximum screen size without the Kindle having to do any resizing (to display images faster).

The Library of Congress scanned in a copy of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe that was illustrated by Gustave Dore and my version is an exact copy of their book. I did add a table of contents (so readers can skip the long Comment on the Poem which was in the original book), and I make it clear in the ebook that this one page is added (Ok, so it's almost an exact copy).

I used the same formatting as the original book wherever possible. Sometimes this was impossible, e.g. the commentary was in two columns but I made it one. I did my best to stick with Poe's formatting of the actual poem even when it doesn't look great on the Kindle. Some lines of the poem are longer than the Kindle can display on one line so they wrap to the next line -- even when using the Kindle's smallest font.

This is the first ebook I've created, so I hope everyone likes it.
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:22 AM   #2
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It's a nice version. For use with a Cybook I'd wish for a 600x800 cover, but that's minor.

I think you need to check your dashes. Some seem to be missing, and those that remain are just hyphen '-' not em-dashes '—'. Also, your quotes aren't always the right way around.

Missing — example:

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

should be followed by an em-dash

Incorrect - and quotes:

”’T is some visiter,” I muttered, ”tapping at my chamber door-

should be

“’T is some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
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Just for your information:

I like your version and I congratulate you for it. I think it's better than mine and there are really enough differences between the two versions to make yours worthwhile. I usually go for a simpler (cleaner as Patricia puts it) version of a book that is easy to read and works on all platforms. I am a handyman, not an artist. Interesting that you chose to display the poem purely (sans illustrations) first. I think that was a really good idea.
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Poe was heavily influenced by other storytellers, poets and philosophers. In addition to this, he was also a fan of classical music including Mozart and Haydn. But the biggest influence on his work was his love of cryptography. Cryptography is the science of breaking and creating codes and as Poe himself stated, his stories are written in codes and he challenges the reader to decipher them. The form of The Raven, one of his classics contributes a lot to the over all effect of the poem. How it is written and read determines the macabre tone and the eerie symbolism of this masterpiece. For more information on Poe and his works, you can check out Shmoop.com

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A great presentation of a classic poem.
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13. Poe was heavily influenced by other storytellers, poets and philosophers. In addition to this, he was also a fan of classical music including Mozart and Haydn. But the biggest influence on his work was his love of cryptography. Cryptography is the science of breaking and creating codes and as Poe himself stated, his stories are written in codes and he challenges the reader to decipher them. The form of The Raven, one of his classics contributes a lot to the over all effect of the poem. How it is written and read determines the macabre tone and the eerie symbolism of this masterpiece. For more information on Poe and his works, you can check out Shmoop.com
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mtravellerh has produced an illustrated copy of The Raven but it isn't the complete original book and the illustrations exhibit a lot of moire patterns. I used the illustrations from the Library of Congress and they look really nice. I also sized the illustrations so that they would take up the maximum screen size without the Kindle having to do any resizing (to display images faster).

The Library of Congress scanned in a copy of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe that was illustrated by Gustave Dore and my version is an exact copy of their book. I did add a table of contents (so readers can skip the long Comment on the Poem which was in the original book), and I make it clear in the ebook that this one page is added (Ok, so it's almost an exact copy).

I used the same formatting as the original book wherever possible. Sometimes this was impossible, e.g. the commentary was in two columns but I made it one. I did my best to stick with Poe's formatting of the actual poem even when it doesn't look great on the Kindle. Some lines of the poem are longer than the Kindle can display on one line so they wrap to the next line -- even when using the Kindle's smallest font.

This is the first ebook I've created, so I hope everyone likes it.
A friend and I were working a crypto-word puzzle last night and part of the answer included the word, "quaff". She asked me what the word meant, and the only use I could immediately bring to mind was the line, "Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!" so I downloaded your ebook to show her the line. Of course, after downloading it, I had to read it.

You did a really nice job. I like the illustrations, and have learned some things from the commentary that I didn't know about one of my favorite poems.

Thanks, and some Karma coming you way!
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