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Computer engineer: a lot of C, PHP, and Python, plus a bit of lots of other stuff. Linux user. Amateur cryptonerd and general science and math geek.


Jun
10
comment Formatting lists for ebook format?
Yes, you should assume that the formatting and layout may change slightly converting from EPUB to Mobi (or vice versa). From what I recall of Mobi, they both use HTML and CSS, but I believe there are slight variations on what they support, so they are not 100% inter-convertible. I get the impression that you really want to use Scrivener: is there something holding you back from that? Whatever tool you use, if it natively supports outputting to your desired format, you should do that rather than output to one format and then try to convert it.
Jun
9
answered How do you keep up with all the ebook formats?
Jun
9
comment Formatting lists for ebook format?
Amazon currently still accepts Mobi format, I think they convert it to KF8 after upload. No idea if they will continue to going forward or not. EPUB is an open and standard and widely supported; this is what tome actually generates. You can find a program called kindlegen from Amazon that converts from EPUB to Mobi. I'm not sure what you mean by format changes: like different file formats? I wrote tome to generate EPUB, and use kindlegen to convert to Mobi. If these stop being widely supported, I'll just have to update tome or use a new tool. But I think EPUB will be around for a while.
Jun
9
comment Dream analysis research
Thanks, @SF. I've never read any of his work, but had the same impression.
Jun
8
comment Formatting lists for ebook format?
No, definitely not. Tables will be reflowed just like anything else. You can apply page-break-inside to tables as well, but with all the same caveats. The reason for using tables would be to "fold" your list in half, and put elements side by side. That way it takes up twice as much horizontal space, but half as much vertical space (roughly). I created my own program called Tome, which I use for writing: bitbucket.org/bmearns/tome. I write using a simple markup and then generate various output formats from that. Then I manually edit the HTML and CSS for EPUB and Mobi.
Jun
8
comment How do you avoid purple prose?
Thanks, @LaurenIpsum. Good description!
Jun
7
comment Is publishing to Amazon Kindle-alternative eBook markets worth the time and effort?
Personally, I think the more important thing is format, rather than vendor (although the tend to correlate to an extent). If people have a kindle, then they want to be able to get your book easily onto a kindle. But if they have a Nook and you only have it available on Amazon, they obviously aren't going to buy it. Personally, I wrote my book in EPUB, and converted it to Mobi, so it was pretty easy to publish to both platforms (I haven't marketted my book at all, so I don't have sales on either platform). I haven't attempted iBook yet, but that would probably be a logical third step.
Jun
7
answered Formatting lists for ebook format?
Jun
7
answered Dream analysis research
Jun
7
asked What's with all the hate on adjectives and adverbs?
Jun
7
comment How do you avoid purple prose?
I'm getting the impression that one of the defining features here is that things are described which simply don't need to be, for instance his "butter soft" jacket. Is that a reasonable assessment?
Jun
7
answered The street is filled with cars and people
Jun
7
comment The street is filled with cars and people
Love your snippets. Dickens and Joyce in particular feel right on the money.
Jun
7
comment An adjective relating to the circus?
Thanks, I think "circensian" will do fine. In this particular instance, the adjective reiterates what has already been "shown". But I get your point, and will keep it in mind. Thanks!
Jun
7
accepted An adjective relating to the circus?
Jun
7
comment An adjective relating to the circus?
Thanks, and noted. I've got a satisfactory answer from Craig, but in the future I'll pose these questions to the suggested site.
Jun
6
asked An adjective relating to the circus?
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awarded  Teacher
Feb
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accepted Should I close this quoted paragraph?
Feb
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asked Should I close this quoted paragraph?