Remember web video a few years back?
In the early years of online video, we were perfectly content to spend five minutes of our lives watching a video that was filmed with a laptop camera — while that laptop was on a lap. We forgave the jiggly end result, the hard-to-understand audio, and the slow pacing.
After all, we were watching video! On our computers! So cool!
The same thing has happened to ebooks
In the early days of PDF ebooks, you could simply save your text document as a PDF, and call it an ebook.
Your ebook could look like a well-formatted book report.
But PDFs can’t look like text documents anymore. Thanks to the efforts of people like Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer, and — truth be told — me, the standards for ebook design are rising, too. [Read more…]