I recently bought me the eBook-version of "Cooking for geeks". On my laptop the ePub looks fine but on my eBook-Reader (a Kobo Glo) it is completely broken: the reader says that it is 4427 (seriously) pages long. The table of contents consists of nothing but "Cover", "Title page, "Copyright page", "Contents" and "Back Cover". When I go through the first few pages I see some pictures from the book without text.
It seems to me that the ePub tries to emulate the layout of the printed version as closely as possible and the reader chokes on that.
I think that the purpose is of an ePub is not to emulate the layout of the printed version. That is what the PDF is for. ePub should provide the content (text and pictures) with a minimum of layout.
This is rather disappointing as other O'Reilly-books that I have work excellent on the Kobo.
This makes the whole book useless for me as I don't read eBooks on my laptop and if there is no ePub available that works on simpler devices I wasted my money
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Our apologies that the EPUB we provided did not work well on your ereader. Some more context:
The EPUB we made available in our ebook bundle for Cooking for Geeks is in a format called Fixed Layout, which as you mention, is indeed intended to mimic the layout of the print and PDF version of the book. We very rarely make our EPUBs available in Fixed Layout format, but in the case of Cooking for Geeks, we felt it was important to preserve the book's sophisticated layouts, as they are an integral part of the reading experience.
Fixed Layout works on most major tablet ereaders, but unfortunately does not work on many eInk devices, like the Kobo Glo. As such, for customers that use ereaders that do not support Fixed Layout, we have a reflowable version of the Cooking for Geeks EPUB with a barebones layout, which should work well for you on the Kobo Glo. If you'd like a copy of that file, we'd be happy to provide that file to you. Please let us know.
Also, please know that we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you'd like a refund, we can assist you with that.
Director of Publishing Technology
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To be honest: if I'd known that it doesn't work on the Reader I wouldn't have bought the book in the first place (usually I don't buy books if there is no ePub). If the barebones-ePub works I'd like to keep the book (no refund).
If I want to admire the sophisticated layout of a book I buy the paper version. eReaders are for content (the bitmaps look s### anyway) and the possibility to carry them around.
So it would be nice if the ePub would be marked as "limited" (in the sense that it doesn't work everywhere) on the shop site or if both versions would be available (I've seen it elsewhere iwth HQ and normal versions)
So: yes, please. Could I have the barebones version