Goss (gossymer) wrote,
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Ebook formats help

After megyal's latest post, I ended up exhausting the messaging service on LJ to the point where this message shows up when I try to reply to messages:
There was an error processing your request:
This message will exceed your limit and cannot be sent.
*shakes fist at LJ* Have created a support thread to find out why this is happening. How does one convince LJ they're not a spammer?

Long story short is that I'm creating ebooks (with permission) in html format (XML+CSS) and PDF format (converting docs to PDFs via Nitro PDF Pro) and while I'm not having any trouble, I am wondering how best to format the ebooks.

I'm thinking the html versions' font should be in verdana/arial/sans serif for easy reading on a mobile device but I'm not sure if the PDF should be the same font or whether it should use Serif or Times New Roman in case someone wants to print it out for personal reading.

It's pretty easy to zoom into HTML files and make fonts bigger. However, for PDFs, the size of the font can't be changed by the person reading it (even though they can zoom in) so finding the right size is important. 12pt seems about right for printing but for reading, a lot of peeps seem to go with 14pt instead for PDFs. And what about spacing? 1.5 or double or something less like 1.2?

For fanfics, apart from title, author, disclaimer and story, what else would be needed? Should a link be provided to the author's site or lj or the address to the fic online? Should there be a way to contact the author for feedback at the end of the fic?

And how detailed should the standard disclaimer be? Simply "I do not own Harry Potter" or something more detailed like the one at HPfanfic.net:
All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of JK Rowling and her publishers, including but not limited to Raincoast Books, Scholastic, Bloomsbury and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The original characters and plot are the property of their authors. No money is being made from this work. No copyright infringement is intended.

If you read or create ebooks, write fanfic or are vaguely familiar with any of this, opinions would be appreciated.
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