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Proposal: Ebooks

Would it be out of bounds to ask technical questions about how to format and build ebook files in this space? Questions like, "Why is the Kindle ignoring my css here?"

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    Could you please change the question, so that it starts with "Would it be on topic"? The way it is now is a little confusing, because question and answer do not really match... – Tim Sep 11 '13 at 17:55
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Absolutely!

There are a number of example questions that indicate support for ebook production as on-topic:

  • How can I convert a Word document into an e-book?
  • What tools are there to modify (split, merge, ...) [fileformat:epub, other?] ebook formats?
  • Aside from being usable on different readers and DRM: Are there differences in the features implemented in epub and mobi?
  • I plan to self publish my e-book. What format should I use to reach the largest audience?
  • I've got a bunch of pdfs made from scans of old typewritten documents. Is there any pre-processing I can do to make them more readable on the Kindle?
  • Which are easy-to-use programs to create simple ebooks (but with chapter marks and toc) from copy/pasted plain text?
  • Is there a native Linux application that can take a set of HTML files as input and produce a .MOBI file?
  • How can I automate fetching news from a website or RSS feed and creating e-books on my device for off-line reading?
  • Which e-book format best preserves the formatting and layout of text on both the Kindle and Nook?

There's always the chance that the scope will change at launch, but the current scope certainly seems to include ebook publication in all its complexity.

  • "Would it be out of bounds to ask technical questions about how to format and build ebook files in this space?" and your answer is "Absolutely!" Is it really out of scope? – vgoff Oct 3 '13 at 21:37
  • @vgoff: My title answers the question title. ;) – Jon Ericson Oct 3 '13 at 22:03
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    Now it makes sense. Sorry, I usually read the content as the title is just to indicate a summary and unfortunately is usually quite different than the body of the question in SE posts. – vgoff Oct 3 '13 at 23:18

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