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November 11, 2016
Traditional books versus ebooks?
The endless “war” between traditional books and ebooks has been taking place for way too long now. It all comes to individual reading preferences. Thus generalising seems obsolete. There’s the well-known nostalgia factor & more “human touch” for paper books. There are also the obvious practical advantages of ebooks. It is handy to pack a whole library in an e-reader. After all why should we choose between the two? Ebooks and traditional books can just be complimentary.
However, in this post, we will discuss the pros of ebooks.
- Speed: With ebooks, “the time is now”. Ebooks are delivered almost instantaneously. You can purchase, download and start reading them within minutes, without leaving your chair. You don’t have to go to a bookstore to buy them, neither wait for them for days, weeks and sometimes more to arrive in the mail.
- Nature: No mindless tree cutting. Ebooks are eco-friendly.
- Travel: Anywhere, anytime. Ebooks are portable. Location does not matter. With an ePub reader like the BeetlerReader, device choice does not matter either. It is vital to be as flexible, as possible. And the lightweight is a massive advantage as well!
- Space: You only need one-book space for storage. No dusty bookshelves, no boxes full of neglected books. Just you and your reading device.
- Searchability: You can easily find the information you need without furiously flipping pages. BeetleReader has this feature for both fixed and reflowable ePubs.
- Distribution: Ebooks are much easier to sell and distribute. There is an open online world!
- Interactivity: Ebooks can be both text and audio-based. Fancy watching some video within the ebook: no problem! Of course, you can always purchase a paper book with a CD if that suits you!
- Layout variations: While the traditional book smells nice and offers this physical touch, it has a fixed format. Reader must “consume” it as it is. BeetleReader offers a multi-page layout tailored to the reading preferences of the user!
Try BeetleReader out and guarantee your readers a first-class experience.
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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