jordan_c_price (jordan_c_price) wrote,
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Glad there are no stupid questions

Yay for me, I succesfully upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard and from CS4 to CS5. Then I futzed around with typesetting an ebook--for a really long time because Indesign was kinda different. And I went for the magical "export to epub" command, only to discover that the epub file it made sucked. Okay, no problem. I futzed some more. It still sucked. I decided there had to be a better way, downloaded the freeware eCub and played with that, decided that while it make a pretty nice epub file, it was a hell of a lot of trouble, and that my old epub files which were converted from mobis looked just as nice.

So I worked all day on something and decided the way I do it already is, for now, the best way.

Then I decided I was burned out on that so I should power through some business books. The first one I picked up informed me that what I think is valuable about my product (my ebooks) doesn't matter whatsoever. I might totally be spending all my time and energy on some feature (the perfect epub) that my readers don't really care about (as long as I offer a reasonable epub, it's fine and I should stop fiddling.)

All this background to put forth the question: what's important to you in an ebook you purchase? (Mine specifically is helpful, but ebooks in general is also helpful.) I would name some possible ideas but I don't want to influence the answer. And I kind of suspect my obsessive brain is not seeing the big picture somehow.

I'll give a free copy of my upcoming short story Betweentimes to a random answerer! :D

Yes, that would be the one I messed with all day and have not a single finished file type to show for it.
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