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Re: [tdf-discuss] Question about proposing the creation of a new format


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On 25/04/11 8:53 PM, Christian Lohmaier wrote:

There is also http://odt2daisy.sourceforge.net/ - in case your reader
supports the daisy format.

I hadn't even heard of DAISY, but it looks very cool so thanks for
pointing me at it.  I just installed the extension and will have a
little play with it at some nebulous point in the future.

Other than that: what would be a special requirement for eReaders?

I can't speak for anyone else, but as long as an eReader can display
content as it would in a normal book then it's good enough.  If that
book is a novel, then it will usually be pretty easy (e.g. text,
italics, bold, small capitals, subscript, superscript and maybe
footnotes).  If that book is a text book (e.g. a science book) with
charts, formula, pictures, etc.) then more may be required.

I know PDF is suboptimal because it needs to scale to the display
screen.

When it comes to books, PDF is only really useful for type-setting a
print book (e.g. the way Lulu uses them for preparing print on demand
books).

plain text might be boring to read (headings, etc hard to spot, lack
of structural information for navigation), rtf might not be
supported by the reader...

Well, I wouldn't opt for either of those formats.

So there probably is no one-size-fits all solution. And it depends
on what the purpose is: personal use (i.e. conversion of random
documents) or dedicated publishing (aim is to write a book and
publish it) and thus how many restrictions you can impose on the
structure/formatting of the document.

Exactly.  At this stage most ebook publishers, including
self-publishers, usually need at least two or three formats for each
publication and often more.  Until your post I was considering PDF,
ePub, Kindle (.mobi) and maybe one or two others (.lit and whatever
Sony uses).  Now you can add DAISY to the list too.

It takes a little time to prepare all the relevant formats, but
compared to the process of writing, proofing and editing, not really
all that much.


Regards,
Ben

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