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Yes, always or most of the time. 33 32.04%
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Old 03-12-2024, 09:46 PM   #1
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Do you edit your eBooks?

Out of curiosity, do you edit or format eBooks to your preferences?
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Old 03-12-2024, 09:56 PM   #2
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Old 03-12-2024, 10:05 PM   #3
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Old 03-12-2024, 10:18 PM   #4
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I prefer my books as individual novels. Sometimes I will buy an anthology. And sometimes I will split up that anthology into individual books. But not always. It's random when I decide to do this.
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Old 03-12-2024, 10:29 PM   #5
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Always.
Every single book.

What could possibly fall under "Other"?
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Old 03-12-2024, 10:31 PM   #6
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Any ebooks in my calibre library have been touched to clean up metadata and covers, remove text-align: justify from the CSS, set the default font size to 1em, corrected any errors found by epubcheck, etc. For most books, it takes a couple of minutes and make my reading experience more consistent and enjoyable. For the most part, much of the cleanup is done by saved search groups in Sigil since my attitude is that if a task has to be repeated, let the computer do it.

I will read a book without that touchup but I find it annoying since it makes it harder to immerse myself in the book.
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Old 03-12-2024, 10:34 PM   #7
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I always open the ePub just to check that the book isn't a mess. In general, if the text is justified, there's aren't spaces between every paragraph and the whole book isn't in one file (and this is most books now), I'm good.
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Old 03-12-2024, 10:54 PM   #8
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I pretty much always change cover. Even when I'm very lazy, when I'm not even sure that I'll read the book, I'll do something like this sample. I'll find an inner title (or whatever this is called) somewhere online, and I'll quickly edit it to target readers resolution.
Sometime I'll replace one cover with another, sometime I'll find a photo of first edition cover on an auction site, and use that, but most of the time I'll just make my own using my photos as background, and title and author in fonts of my choosing. My readers make a nice display piece like that, even though they look tacky, I suppose.

Other than that, I'll sometime experiment with initials and first words of chapters, and change chapter size and title. But all of that really rarely. I did fool around with embedding fonts a lot, before readers started to support custom fonts. Lately, I've also started to rip archive.org books into pdf's. A somewhat lengthy process of questionable legality. They have books there that are available to be borrowed, but you can't download source files, or pdf's... So I really don't know, but I guess that I'll keep doing it.
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What could possibly fall under "Other"?
Honestly I just put it there to prevent complaints.
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Old 03-12-2024, 11:20 PM   #10
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Honestly I just put it there to prevent complaints.
Yea, thought so. I wondered what that 1 vote could be and couldn't think of a scenario for it.
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Old 03-12-2024, 11:23 PM   #11
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I clicked other... with the answer being "very rarely". I'm not a re-reader, and I'm not one to keep tons of books on my device -- and I'm not too picky about the formatting.

I do occasionally set some custom book-specific CSS in KOReader, but that's temporary and goes away when I delete the book. An example of this was one of the Discworld books where every time there was a subject change I was confused because the paragraph breaks were only a few pixels wider than normal paragraph breaks, so I'd be a few sentences in or more before realizing the subject changed and would be confused -- so I set some custom CSS to put a horizontal line between the paragraphs when that happened (luckily it was a different paragraph style making it easy to do), which made the book MUCH easier to follow.
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Other, usually to fix bad spelling and OCR artifacts on old non-commercially available books.
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Old 03-13-2024, 12:24 AM   #13
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Always, every single one. Formatting, I mean; I don't bother with typos, unless I notice them while editing the formatting.
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I will if the book is seriously malformed (e.g. one file for the whole book) or if I hate the cover art.
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