How well does Amazon's Kindle reproduce the printed version, especially non-standard elements?
May 17, 2008 10:49 AM Subscribe
I know Kindle doesn't do color, and I've read that photographs leave a little to be desired. I'm curious how well Kindle does with other graphics and unusual formatting.
posted by sjthomp to technology (6 answers total)
For example, I noticed that Stephen Colbert's "I am America (and So Can You!)" is available for Kindle. This book has a lot of non-standard items, such as various charts, line drawings, "torn out" newspaper articles, corporate logos, images of type-written pages, mazes and games, hand-written text, and stickers. It also has frequent notes along the side margins, and makes extensive use of the color red for effect and emphasis.
Obviously, most books aren't going to be as heavy on this kind of thing as this one, but there are also a lot of magazines available which will have a lot of charts and other graphics. I wonder whether a reader misses out on much with a Kindle version of a magazine or book that goes beyond plain text in its formatting. More specific questions include...
1. Are fonts and page layout preserved pretty well, including things like margin notes and footnotes?
2. How well are items that aren't plain text reproduced?
3. Does Kindle do anything to distinguish items that were color in the printed version?
4. When something can't be reproduced (such as a page of stickers), is there at least some reference to it so the reader knows what isn't there?
5. On the other side of the question, does a Kindle version of a book ever include anything the printed version doesn't?