Something’s Wrong In ePubville

April 25, 2009

I came across this link at MobileRead about free ePub eBooks for kids.

I downloaded one at random: R. Caldecott’s First Collection of Pictures and Songs [ePub link]

I opened it in Sony’s eLibrary software and Adobe Digital Editions.

Both were horrible.

I also tried Calibre, which did a slightly better job.

But still, I was so disgusted by what I saw, I couldn’t even take screensnaps.

How is it so easy for people to create terrible ePub? And then set it loose on the world to give ePub and eBooks something akin to a festering lip sore?

The worst LIT I’ve ever come across had blank lines between paragraphs (which is also an ongoing sin in all formats) — never anything as atrocious as what I saw here.

Previously here:

Is Adobe Hindering eBooks?
Ah, Gorgeous LIT!
The Native Beauty Of LIT