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Old 05-18-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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Hello from France&Brazil! (depending on the month!)

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Just bought my first eInk device!

And now, anxiously waiting for the delivery of an UPS box, hopefully in the next two days!

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You'll find a lot of books in English (& German & French if you're interested)... & I heard of Spanish but not yet in Portuguese (even less in Brasilian ) ... but you probably already know all that!
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:08 PM   #5
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:30 AM   #6
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Thank to all of you for the warm welcome!

YGG-: Mais oui, bien sûr! Je parle la langue de Camus, Zola, Maupassant, Hugo...

Btw, in Portuguese (there is no "Brazilian") are not many "new titles" in eletronic format. However, afaik, we can find most of our classic literature in PDF. But anyway, I bought the DR1000 to read scientific papers... otherwise I would go for a smaller device...

I am seriously considering an COOL-ER in the near future, and as I am a big fan of typography, I am even considering preparing a small collection of well typeset PDF books specially for those devices in my next vacations. But in Portuguese only... :-)
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hello algol and bienvenue au forum.

i think we have a few books in portuguese although not very many yet.

if you are interested in typography and beautifully presented books (i am too !) you should take a look at the epub specifications, using css you can really make some beautiful looking ebooks, even using embedded fonts if you like.

take a look in the epub forum and the workshop and don't hesitate to ask any questions !
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:14 PM   #8
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Merci Zelda!

I know the epub specs... But I really like PDF... in PDF things will display the way you (the editor) want it to do. There is (generally) no fancy operations that the reader software will do to change the typesetting.
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Hi algol! Barrichello or Massa fan?
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Hehe, actually I (should I dare to say: we ??) miss Ayrton Senna... :-)
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Hehe, actually I (should I dare to say: we ??) miss Ayrton Senna... :-)
Thrilled to have seen him in F1 action in Phoenix ('89 DNF, '90 1st, '91 1st) - such a sad loss!
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Old 05-21-2009, 05:53 AM   #12
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Merci Zelda!

I know the epub specs... But I really like PDF... in PDF things will display the way you (the editor) want it to do. There is (generally) no fancy operations that the reader software will do to change the typesetting.
that's true, and it's often the reason cited for why some designers / editors might prefer pdf... as long as you are making them for yourself there is no trouble, but the precise reason you like them is why many people don't ; for most people, one of the advantages of ebooks is precisely that you can modify the display to suit you. for instance, i like to increase the font size when i'm reading in bed without my glasses to make it easier on my eyes. with a reflowable format like epub i can do this without losing any of the formatting ; the text will still look great, and as the designer intended it, but it will be bigger. with a pdf, i can reflow the text (depending on my device...) however when i do that i lose the formatting, which gives a very unsatisfactory result. another reason is that some people really like to use sans-serif fonts for their books. i really dislike those for the body text because i find them much harder to read, so i prefer to use my own preferred font. with epub books this is not a problem, but just try to change the font in a pdf ! (of course, i'm a designer, so i am really picky about how my texts look, just like you. )

anyway, to each his own ; many people find reading pdfs (as long as they are formatted for the proper screen size) to be very nice. and it does give you the possibility of making books which are formatted as perfectly as paper, with control of kerning, etc. which is not possible with automatic justification (on reflowable texts). the important thing after all is to be making nice ebooks ! but do take another look at epub ; you can really do some amazing things with it, and for someone who loves typography i think you might discover you like it a lot !
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zelda_pinwheel, I agree with you about the possibilities of the ePub. I will take another look at it, since I've never actually even tried to use it (as I said, I just know the specs).

Btw, do you know if there is any way to generate ePub from (La)TeX source files?

PS: It is heresy to use a sans-serif for typesetting the body of the text! I only consider doing this when I need to typeset documents that my most terrible enemies will be obliged to read... such as the jury of my PhD thesis, for example! just kidding... or not!
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zelda_pinwheel, I agree with you about the possibilities of the ePub. I will take another look at it, since I've never actually even tried to use it (as I said, I just know the specs).
great news ! let us know if you have any questions. take a look in the epub forum for a lot of help and information.

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i don't know, but if you ask in the epub forum, i'm sure someone can help you with that.

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glad to see you're a man of refinement and culture.
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