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Building the perfect machine

By Larry Clark | March 15, 2013

The first pendulum clock, invented by Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens in 1657, and built by clockmaker Saloman Coster. Wikipedia

The first pendulum clock, invented by Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens in 1657, and built by clockmaker Saloman Coster. Wikipedia

It really isn’t possible, I suppose. I love the idea of publishing works on e-readers and having them look the same, act the same, and use the same source. But just like browser quirks…no, worse…e-readers from Kindle to iPad’s iBooks use different code and interpret even the same code differently.

I guess that’s one of the reasons I started on this quixotic attempt at building e-books that look good. I look forward to the rise of ePub 3 along with many others in this line of work. It won’t solve all the problems. It might just lead to some better standardization.

Or is that a dream, like building a perfect machine?

I look forward to the attempt. I hope this blog can help others working on e-books, and help both authors and readers understand what a task it is to make these things look good.