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Anatomy of an iBooks page on iPad

Elizabeth Castro

I'm trying to figure out how exactly iBooks treats an ePub file: which formatting it preserves and which it ignores. The fact that it ignores any at all, is incredibly short-sighted. Nevertheless, given that limitation, it seems like a good idea to at least quantify what we’re dealing with so that those who wish to design a book can have a safe idea of what it might look like, once it’s on the iPad.

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Wrapping text around images on the iPad

Elizabeth Castro

Yesterday, I noted that Apple's sample Winnie-the-Pooh eBook had text that wrapped around the image at the beginning of each chapter and that I'd like to know how it did that. According to the OPS spec, CSS position properties (like absolute and fixed) are strongly discouraged. I originally interpreted that as applying to the float property as well, but that does not seem to be the case.

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iBooks on the iPad, a first glance

Elizabeth Castro

I've been looking at the iBooks app with an eye toward designing e-books for the iPad, and have a first collection of observations I hope you find useful.

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