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September 19, 2016
This week we have chosen 10 quotes from children’s books to learn from. The BeetleReader wishes you a pleasant journey in the world of wisdom, motivation and inspiration!
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
– JM Barrie, Peter Pan
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly… if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
– Roald Dahl, The Twits
“‘What day is it?’, asked Winnie the Pooh.
‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet.
‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”
— A. A. Milne, The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
– Roald Dahl, The Minpins
“Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.””
– L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz
“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and ‘snap’, the job’s a game.”
-– P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
– L.M. Alcott, Little Women
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
– Aesop, The Lion & The Mouse
September 10, 2016
In our previous post, we have discussed the differences between PDF and ePub files. One of the most outstanding features of ePub is its versatility. PDF has a fixed design that seems similar across devices. Of course sometimes that mean unreadably small. The joy that EPUB offers is that it automatically reflows its contents (mainly text) to fill the available display space. Exactly due to its responsive design, ePub encourages readers to use the device that they like using. Forcing readers to use a definite device or reader app is not acceptable nowadays.
When it comes to optimizing content to be readable on mobile devices, responsive design makes this possible. It fits the constraints of the device. User experience designers see responsive design as the victory of the users’ needs over their own aesthetic vision. Some users prioritize mobile over desktop reading, as they have spare time when travelling to work, or when waiting on another queue. What ePub’s philosophy lays on is that when you offer content, making it accessible and flexible from the get go will grant your target audience an enhanced user experience. The days of lengthy pdf files on little smartphone screens, text overlapping images etc are gone.
Many apps, devices and platforms have tried to nail interactive reading. Many have failed. However, the minimum expectations of the user nowadays should be met:
- The way I want it and where I want it. Content must be tailored to my preferred device, not the other way around.
- I can always change my mind and switch between devices. This must be easy to do.
- I want to have a smooth reading experience without any page breaks, pictures being misformatted, missing videos and non-working audios.
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September 2, 2016
Many users are asking how exactly PDF differs from EPUB. They cannot really grasp the initial excitement about latter. This article aims to shed some light over the main differences and similarities between the two formats.
In previous posts, we have already explained what EPUB is and what its main benefits are. However, its most important feature is that has become a standard open format which has lead to its quick adoption by the publishing industry.
PDF is Adobe’s format and stands for portable document format. It is one of the oldest and most popular eBook formats. Perhaps one of the most valued characteristics of PDF is that it is securely locked against editing – very safe for digitally signing documents.
Below are the main differences between the two formats.
- Accessibility: EPUBs have become more accessible especially for impaired readers, as they function better when it comes to screen reading software.
- Readability: PDF files offer “a mirror”of the original format. It is just perfect for iPad, PC or Mac. However, when it comes to reading on mobile devices, EPUB files read much better. This comes from the next differentiation point.
- Reflowable text: EPUB’s text is reflowable (also called ‘responsive design’). This means that the content will reflow depending on the viewing window. It just fits to the dimensions of the screen!
- Pagination: EPUB offers table of contents navigation or using embedded links in terms of page navigation. Some EPUB reader do not offer page number display or search. BeetleReader has worked specifically on implementing page jump to make it more convenient for users.
- Linking: As EPUB is an HTML-based format, it may contain links that take the user out to a certain web page.
- Zoom in/out: Unlike PDF, EPUB does not have zoom in/out function, as the text resizes automatically.
- Layout: PDF supports static images, tables and other similar elements that retain the original layout of the ebook. However, EPUB has a spectacular feature-support that optimizes the text to display on all devices and browsers.