5 Replies Latest reply on Feb 5, 2014 5:02 AM by bobstro

    It's the Nook Book formatting, NOT the prices....

      Does anyone else out there find the nook book formatting distracting?  The very weak indentation between paragraphs (one or two spaces it seems), the obsessively uniform line spacing, and even the way the "page" does not really mimic the look of a paper book's page?

       

      The obvious contrast is with Amazon/Kindle.  I know we cannot change the font on Kindle books, nor have the fun page curl animation, but I was in a B&N this morning, found a paper book I liked, looked it up in the "Shop" on my nook.....it looked awful.  And it wan't things that font/line spacing could fix; it was the weak paragraph indentation, lack of addl stylistic spacing between some paragraphs (which the paper copy had), that garish electric blue test/link color for all the Chapter headings, and how messy and slapdash the featured block quotes translated into the nook book format.

       

      In contrast, the Kindle book sample (which I pulled up on my Kindle app), looked crisp, professionally set, well done blockquotes......it really looked JUST like the paper book pages did.

       

      It might just be because I am an artist and these things scream out to me from just a layout/design perspective, but does anyone understand why nook cannot produce a more book-like final product like Kindle does?

       

      I am actually buying the book on Kindle, not because it is a little cheaper, but because the layout/presentation is better, and because some aspects (like that electric blue highlighting for Chapters) actually hurts my eyes.  It bothers me bc I am definitely a supporter of B&N and would rather pay them a little more for a nook book, knowing that in some small way it might help keep a brick and mortar store around, but.....too many of these nook books have a lesser reading experience for my eyes.

       

      Thoughts?  Or maybe it is some quirk in my nook that is making these pages appear that way?

        • Re: It's the Nook Book formatting, NOT the prices....

          Which NOOK?  Is there a difference between models?  I have a NOOK Tablet, and I prefer reading on it to reading on the Kindle app on an iPad.  I also prefer it to reading on a DTB.

          • Re: It's the Nook Book formatting, NOT the prices....
            Doug_Pardee

            It doesn't really help, but...

             

            NOOK uses EPub e-books, same as just about everything except Kindle. EPub is essentially "a web site wrapped up in a zip file." Formatting is controlled by a CSS file in the e-book. Or, in the case of Carina Press, by inline CSS on every chapter page.

             

            In the absence of explicit CSS formatting for an element, there is default formatting. The defaults are set by Adobe, which provides the e-book reader software for pretty much every EPub e-reader out there, including NOOK.

             

            Blame the publishers for failing to provide comprehensive formatting, or blame Adobe for its choice of defaults (which basically are web browser defaults). But B&N really doesn't have any control over it.

             

              • Re: It's the Nook Book formatting, NOT the prices....
                keriflur

                Doug_Pardee wrote:

                It doesn't really help, but...

                 

                NOOK uses EPub e-books, same as just about everything except Kindle. EPub is essentially "a web site wrapped up in a zip file." Formatting is controlled by a CSS file in the e-book. Or, in the case of Carina Press, by inline CSS on every chapter page.

                 

                In the absence of explicit CSS formatting for an element, there is default formatting. The defaults are set by Adobe, which provides the e-book reader software for pretty much every EPub e-reader out there, including NOOK.

                 

                Blame the publishers for failing to provide comprehensive formatting, or blame Adobe for its choice of defaults (which basically are web browser defaults). But B&N really doesn't have any control over it.

                 


                Then why is the formatting a given book different depending on whether I'm using the NST, the iOS app, or the android app?  Why is it different if I open the book in ADE?

                 

                B&N does not have all the control, but they have enough to determine how the links in the ToC show and various other device variations.

              • Re: It's the Nook Book formatting, NOT the prices....
                Wulfraed

                I have three Nooks: First Edition,HD+, and Glowlight.

                 

                I have books that look totally different when switching between them. Especially those using fancy fonts for chapter headings. Strangely the 1st Ed displays those best. On the others, using Publisher Default is amost unreadable, using something like compressed TimesRoman. I tend to run with override set so it uses my preferred more open font.

                 

                Just checked a book on the HD+. Publisher settings gives the fancy header font, but body text is too tight and small for comfort. Same book on Glowlight with Publisher settings doesn't even have the fancy header font and the page looks black from the tight text -- my prefs use line and a half spacing and much different font.

                  • Re: It's the Nook Book formatting, NOT the prices....
                    bobstro

                    I suppose you could tweak the stylesheet using Calibre, assuming the ebook is DRM-free. Using publisher defaults uses the stylesheet in the epic if I understand correctly.

                     

                    It would be nice if B&N provided a feature to customize the default reader stylesheet. Many of the 3rd party apps allow such customization. Moon Reader gives allows a high degree of stylesheet tweaking.