Columns too narrow when reading on bookworm site.

How do I make the columns wider when using the Bookworm site to read an ebook? I tried browser settings and I tried changing the font size. I do not have the TOC enabled. Also I tried the mobile version. There is just too much empty space on either side of the text. It does this with all epub files. If I make the fonts very tiny (much less than 1 mm in height) then yeah I get about 40 characters in a line. That doesn't make sense if this is meant to be used with something like a tablet or ereader. There is simply no way a person can read text this small or columns with only one or two words per line. Maybe something is set wrong. I am using Firefox on a 10 inch tablet which is running Windows 7. What a shame. This is really depressing. I have very bad eye sight and I am desperate to be able to read again. But all ereaders have a fatal flaw. IE. Ibis the sister app to bookworm has perfect sizing for columns but does not read the character encoding correctly so apostrophes, accents, quotes etc. are illegible. That can be another post or perhaps someone has the solution to that problem: How to make Ibis read an epub file with UTF-8 character encoding correctly. These two apps are related so there must be a solution. I'd very much appreciate any suggestions.
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  • Hi Flip, There is currently no feature that allows you to control the column width of the display in Bookworm. That feature does exist in the Ibis Reader. I've verified what you've experienced on the mobile site, and can confirm it's a bug. As an immediate workaround, I'd suggest either zooming (ie pinch zoom) in on the mobile version, or using the main bookworm site on your mobile device, which doesn't have this problem. Thanks for letting us know!
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  • Hello,

    I WAS using the main bookworm site. The columns are the same width on the mobile site. If you zoom in to get text a little bit larger than tiny, you get a column of about ten to twenty characters with much empty space on either side. And I did mention that Ibis has adjustable column width. So I think you misunderstood my post.

    Lets say you have text larger than 2 mm. in columns of more than twenty characters width. Unless you like reading one or two words at a time or reading through an eye loupe anything less really isn't usable for reading. Now, normally when you zoom in a browser, space is made in the window to accommodate the larger text. But the Bookworm site does not do this. Considering how most people read on things like ten inch Ereaders I was sure there was a setting I didn't know about or a malfunction in the web site.

    And I wonder, is Ibis running the same software as Bookworm?

    Ibis doesn't render characters properly but bookworm does. Ibis has a reasonable column width but Bookworm has a ridiculously narrow column. If they both use the same software then both problems should be fairly easy to solve.

    Well, that's about all I have to say. It's a real shame if this is the way it is. I hope I am wrong or if I am not, then maybe I can convince someone at Bookworm or Ibis to fix this. Any thoughts, anyone?
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  • Hi Flip,

    Thanks for the clarifications. I do believe I understand the issue you're asking about. I wanted to confirm the contrast between bookworm and Ibis with respect to the features and functions in question.

    What you're experiencing on bookworm is interesting (and I'm sure frustrating to you), as I'm unable to reproduce the small single-column view you're describing when I explicitly change the URL to bookworm.oreilly.com on a number of different mobile devices (and not using m.bookworm.oreilly.com). Using the non-mobile site on a tablet allows me to resize text and fills the width of the screen for an acceptable reading experience.

    Certainly, the above recommendation is simply a workaround to the underlying bug in the display of the mobile version, which we are indeed able to reproduce and confirm.

    I can't promise this bug in bookworm will be addressed, but I have added this issue to the bug and feature tracking for the bookworm open source project located at: http://code.google.com/p/threepress/i...

    Regarding your question: Ibis and Bookworm share a certain amount of software development lineage, but they are not currently running off of the same software.
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  • Hello again,

    Come to think about it, this isn't a bug. It is my situation. I am using a 10 inch Acer tablet running windows 7 with the display set to portrait. The browser windows can not be re-sized to much wider than the display itself so there is unused space on either side of the text. Therefore the width is okay in landscape mode but not in portrait. Maybe I can set Windows or Firefox? to allow me to widen the browser window more. I can see how the web designers wouldn't have thought of this.

    Looking at the same book on a huge wide monitor is a very different experience. Unfortunately I can't curl up with a 32 inch monitor. I'd like to suggest that the site be designed with a bias toward ereaders and tablets. I don't know what it looks like on other readers but I imagine it is similar and this is really the most useful aspect of your website; using it with these devices. If I could have my way, I would remove the margin of space on the sides of the text.

    Well thanks very very much. But I'm still very very depressed ;~)

    Flip
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