My partner keeps rereading the Phrynee Fisher series. He likes them because they're on his E-reader, detective stories, and they pass the Bechdel and Russo tests. He likes the characters in these novels: these are relatively happy people for the most part. Please, O MetaFilter. He's ready for a new series. What else is out there?
posted by aniola
on Oct 19, 2013 -
I have a PDF that I'd like to convert to ebook format. It's straightforward - body text with just a handful of images - but the ebook needs to have the same font and style of the PDF. (I also have it in InDesign, if that helps.) I'm looking for a designer, or design agency, who has worked on ebooks before, who can take this on. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mark7570
on Oct 8, 2013 -
I just got a new Kobo Aura e-reader
for a trip I'm about to take. Ordinarily, I'd check out Etsy for a creative case, but this is new offering from Kobo, so it's a different size than the previous Kobo Aura HD.
Anyone know of good options? I'm open to a standard protective case, or more interesting and unique models.
posted by jeffmshaw
on Sep 21, 2013 -
Where can I acquire the same novel in a digital format, in both French and English? Really, I just need to find French ebook translations of English novels or French novels that have an ebook English translation. [more inside]
posted by serelliya
on Aug 29, 2013 -
So I've been downloading books to my iPad's Kindle app from Amazon, and also downloading from Project Gutenberg to my desktop PC and mailing them to my Kindle address to get them on the iPad. And I've got a small but annoying problem.
In the ebooks it sells from its site, Amazon lists the author as, for example, "Doyle, Arthur Conan," while the .mobi files from Project Gutenberg list the author as "Arthur Conan Doyle."
Thus the Amazon files sort under D for Doyle while the Project Gutenberg files show up under A for Arthur.
Is there a way to edit the .mobi files to change the author's names to match Amazon's format and get everybody's works to come together in the same place?
posted by Naberius
on Aug 21, 2013 -
I just finished writing a novella length book. I want to publish it as an ebook readable as a pdf or on an ipad or what have you. It’s picture-heavy (with very high quality photos.) Probably every page will have pictures. I want the design to be magazine-like, with the words many times ‘on top’ of the pictures. I have Photoshop and a decent knowledge of it and I just got Lightroom, but I don’t know much about how to use it yet. I think I’d like to design (at least some, if not all) the pages in Photoshop.
I have a lot of questions: [more inside]
posted by saul wright
on Jul 24, 2013 -
I'm writing a programming ebook (on introductory programming for bench biologists, if anyone's interested) and am trying to figure out the best tool chain. Ideally, I'd like to write the content in something like markdown or restructuredText, then be able to easily render it to PDF (and maybe eventually epub/mobi). The book will contain a lot of source code and program output, so whatever solution I pick needs to be cope well with chunks of differently-formatted text. Any suggestions?
posted by primer_dimer
on Jul 5, 2013 -
I'm looking for warnings or limitations for publishing adult/mature erotic fiction through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I'm worried about pitfalls and I haven't yet found any direct language about content or rated content or the like. [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on May 30, 2013 -
I've had a Kindle Keyboard with lighted case that I've been pretty happy with for a couple of years. However, I'm thinking of upgrading to the Paperwhite for the improved display. Is it worth the price, and is there any trade-off in battery life? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on May 10, 2013 -
I'm a freelance reporter who just finished a multi-part series for a nonprofit news organization. Now I'd like to turn it into an ebook. I am not savvy about rights, commissions, etc., and neither is my editor/publisher. What do we need to know to negotiate a fair revenue split? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak
on May 9, 2013 -
I have a lot of (50GB) pdfs and some epub documents. I would like to find a way to search through them quickly and accurately, in a way that is web accessible. I would like highlights of matches from inside the document to display. [more inside]
posted by digividal
on Apr 25, 2013 -
I know pretty much nothing about the e-reader market right now, but I'm thinking about taking the plunge. Given my particular requirements, what is likely to be the best e-reader for me? [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Mar 7, 2013 -
Looking for solutions to make a 25,000 title eBook collection of different file types searchable. I use Calibre to manage this monstrosity but I want to be able to run searcheswwithin these books. Wishful thinking? I don't code and I have no time to plod through learning it.
posted by dave78981
on Feb 9, 2013 -
I want to read public domain books (especially Shakespeare) on my Galaxy S3. But all of the apps I can find are giving me trouble. What's the best-designed and most convenient solution? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet
on Jan 10, 2013 -
I'm looking for an e-book reader. I've been pretty wow-ed by the Kindle Paperwhite, but I have some reservations as to whether I should get that (or even get an e-book reader at all) [more inside]
posted by titantoppler
on Nov 4, 2012 -
I want a version of Joyce's Ulysses
with footnotes at the bottom of the page. Paper or e-book. [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Sep 13, 2012 -
Is there any consensus as to whether serif on sans-serif fonts are easier on the eyes when using e-ink based readers?
posted by Yakuman
on Sep 6, 2012 -
I need advice choosing electronic device/s to perform 2 different tasks (e-books and streaming music from an external HD to Surround sound receiver) [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst
on Aug 1, 2012 -
Looking for interesting writers (especially in the speculative/science fiction genre) who are self-publishing/self-distributing their own ebooks [more inside]
posted by nanojath
on Jul 3, 2012 -
Looking for the best way to publish a frequently-updated document to multiple electronic formats (PDF, ePub, mobi, etc.). [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller
on May 29, 2012 -
Three of the four books in Joyce Carol Oates' Wonderland Quartet are available as eBooks. Why isn't the fourth? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda
on May 1, 2012 -
Is there a way to cut white space out of the margins of purchased epubs? [more inside]
posted by Paquda
on Apr 18, 2012 -
Can any print-on-demand book companies offer a non-standard, horizontal/landscape orientation for a full-color book with artwork on every page? Is there an ebook option for a book in this format? [more inside]
posted by Scram
on Mar 29, 2012 -
I need to take an already-printed book and scan it into a format appropriate for e-book publishing on say the Amazon Kindle store and similar. I do not have the original book proofs in digital format. If I simply took the book to Kinko's and had it scanned as images or a PDF, would that be likely to work well or is there a better option? What resolution and format would be best?
posted by shivohum
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Years ago, I wrote a novel. I am not interested in seeking out a publisher for it - rather, I'm hoping to sell it on Amazon as an e-book for a few bucks. From someone who has done it, how can I transform my Word file into an Amazon e-book listing which I can direct my friends to? [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Mar 11, 2012 -
I'm considering purchasing a Kindle DX, but the current version is two years old and two hardware generations behind the regular Kindle. Is there functionality in the newer versions of the regular Kindle that I would miss when using the Kindle DX? Is it likely to be replaced or discontinued in the near future? Is there anything else that I should know about before buying a Kindle DX?
posted by theclaw
on Feb 28, 2012 -
Online Book publishing: ebook, kindle, epub, ibook - can this be done without a million different programs and converters? [more inside]
posted by artlung
on Feb 23, 2012 -
What is the best Wordpress ecommerce plugin for digital downloads only? I am setting up a small store for digital goods (e-books, etc.) on a Wordpress site. [more inside]
posted by matcha action
on Feb 22, 2012 -
Can I make playlists for ebooks on my iPad? And if not on the device itself, is there software for my computer that wil at least let me manage my books in groups? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt
on Feb 3, 2012 -
I have several large sets of high resolution PNG images that I would like to be able to easily view on a computer as an ebook. I would like to be able to flick through the pages with ease, zoom in/out and jump to a page number. It needs to work cross platform (OSX, Windows) and ideally just link to the png files rather than embedding them into a big file. It needs to be easy to use and hard to break! I am sure that there must be something out there that can help, but I have drawn a blank. Oh - and free/cheap is a bonus.
posted by Morsey
on Jan 23, 2012 -
Do you switch back and forth between audiobook and ebook? If so - how do you keep your place? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit
on Dec 26, 2011 -
When I had the first generation Kindle I had an e-book that was basically an index of free e-books that were in the public domain, and the title of each book was actually a hyper-link that would let you download a copy of said book right to the home screen of the Kindle. Does anyone know where I could get another copy of that book? [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank
on Dec 21, 2011 -
I want to buy my dad a book for Christmas. And I know which one.
He is reading all his books on his fancy new iPad these days
How do I buy him books now? I don't want to just send a gift card.
posted by SLC Mom
on Dec 17, 2011 -
I have a health condition that may end my life prematurely. I am an "older" parent of an only child who is currently 8 years old. It's important to me that I leave a record of who I was. Can you help me with strategies to help me "index and annotate" myself for her, so that when she is older she could have an idea of her father as an adult beyond just the Daddy that I am to her now? [more inside]
posted by nickjadlowe
on Dec 13, 2011 -
How can I convert a web site, which is organized as a table of contents linking to 200 or so individual html "chapters", into one ebook? [more inside]
posted by General Tonic
on Nov 18, 2011 -